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Derek Elley
Derek Elley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
76% The Young Victoria (2009) Well-groomed, upscale, three-hankie entertainment for the Masterpiece Theater crowd. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 6, 2009
94% About a Boy (2002) Pleasant and engaging, rather than laugh-out-loud funny or emotionally involving. ‐ Variety
Posted Feb 3, 2009
54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) Bone-crunching action triumphs over story and, uh, character development. ‐ Variety
Posted Jan 13, 2009
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) (2008) Never devolves into a tedious two-and-a-half hours of self-examination. But it also never goes very far, either. ‐ Variety
Posted Dec 5, 2008
84% Telstar (Telstar: The Joe Meek Story) (2009) Fairly crackles with character and period flavor for its first 90 minutes but is let down by a repetitive and tiresomely maudlin final half-hour. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 6, 2008
50% Jurassic Park III (2001) An all-action, helter-skelter, don't-forget-to-buy-the-computer-game ride that makes the two previous installments look like models of classic filmmaking. ‐ Variety
Posted Nov 5, 2008
No Score Yet Roadside Romeo (2008) Roadside Romeo scores high on the tech front but considerably lower on script smarts. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 27, 2008
65% Quantum of Solace (2008) Stripped of Royale's humor, elegance and reinvented old-school stylishness, Quantum has little left except its plot, which is rudimentary and slightly barmy, in the line of the Roger Moore pics of the '70s and '80s. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 24, 2008
59% Franklyn (2008) A clever idea that could have worked as a novella, the urban-fantasy-cum-sci-fier Franklyn doesn't cut it by the bigscreen rulebook. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 22, 2008
65% Warlords (Tau ming chong) (2010) Laden with gritty action, but with an emotional undertow that carries the drama even through its weaker moments, pic reps a strong comeback by Hong Kong helmer-producer Peter Chan. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
88% I've Loved You So Long (2008) Scott Thomas is aces in the lead role, with flashes of mordant wit that prevent it from becoming a dreary study in self-pity. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
24% The World Unseen (2008) An extremely rare case of a pic version both written and directed by the book's original author, "The World Unseen" reps a strong argument for leaving screen adaptations to other, more capable hands. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
77% Un Baiser s'il vous plaît (Shall We Kiss?) (2009) Emmanuel Mouret continues his winning streak with Shall We Kiss? another Woody Allen-meets-Eric Rohmer romantic comedy in which the young writer-director again plays the doofus lead. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
91% Tuya's Marriage (2006) Made with a scrupulous attention to the slow-moving realities of grasslands life but lacking in dramatic heft. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
83% The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheun-nom, Nabbeun-nom, Isanghan-nom) (2010) The movie raises the bar yet again for South Korean tech expertise and ambition, as well as launching the K-oater subgenre. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
85% Metropolis (2002) Tale of the struggle for personal freedom in a futuristic, tyrannical society is light on action by contempo standards, and pic's look is uninteresting, apart from occasionally bizarre backgrounds. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
75% The Cat's Meow (2001) The '20s-set pic is given considerable bounce by a splendid cast, led by Kirsten Dunst in an eye-opening perf as Marion Davies. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
67% Four Nights With Anna (2008) Onetime enfant terrible of Polish cinema, and subsequently a wobbly emigre auteur in Belgium, the U.K. and U.S., vet Jerzy Skolimowski makes a small but commanding return to roots in obsessive-love drama Four Nights With Anna. ‐ Variety
Posted Oct 18, 2008
62% The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas) (2008) John Boyne's almost unfilmable novel about a young German kid's-eye view of the Holocaust gets a solid, ultimately powerful translation to the bigscreen in Brit helmer Mark Herman's The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 12, 2008
98% The Hurt Locker (2009) Often gripping at a straight thriller level, but increasingly weakened by its fuzzy psychology, Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker doesn't bring anything new to the table of grunts-in-the-firing-line movies. ‐ Variety
Posted Sep 4, 2008
36% The Burning Plain (2009) Despite an OK-to-good cast led by Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, plus a handsome tech package, this remains an elaborate writing exercise with few emotional hooks. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 29, 2008
94% Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) (2009) A quizzical dramedy by Kiyoshi Kurosawa that puts some fresh juice into the waning step of the onetime J-horror specialist. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 20, 2008
29% Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001) Strikes too many false notes on the dramatic side to add up to a satisfying emotional experience. ‐ Variety
Posted Aug 7, 2008
57% From Hell (2001) Anyone expecting the combo of Allen and Albert Hughes and the famed Victorian serial-killer to result in a gritty, stygian, skin-crawling horror movie will be severely disappointed ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 29, 2008
71% Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008) A good-natured bundle of early-teen femme angst pitched squarely at the youngsters who've made Louise Rennison's books a hit both sides of the Pond. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 25, 2008
95% Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001) An involving, easily digestible hunk of pure entertainment that could be the trigger for Bollywood's long-awaited crossover to non-ethnic markets. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 24, 2008
36% Spice World (1998) Spice World will delight the Fab Five's pre-pubescent fans, recall fond memories of the '60s to those who actually lived through them, and be forgotten within six months. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
93% Man Jeuk (The Sparrow) (Cultured Bird) (2008) Yam's easy charm holds the pic together, and supports are are all solid, with Lam standing out among the sparrows and the Mandarin-speaking Lin fine as the skittish but crafty Chun-lei. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
5% Highlander III: The Sorcerer (Highlander: The Final Dimension) (1993) An unbelievably trashy meltdown of the tartan warrior franchise. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
22% 8MM (1999) A movie that keeps jumping the gate and finally unravels all over the floor. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 22, 2008
89% Red Cliff (Chi Bi) (2009) Balances character, grit, spectacle and visceral action in a meaty, dramatically satisfying pie that delivers on the hype and will surprise many who felt the Hong Kong helmer progressively lost his mojo during his long years stateside. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 21, 2008
No Score Yet One Missed Call 2 (2005) Looking more like the fourth or fifth entry in a franchise than only the second, cell phone horror pic One Missed Call 2 manages to ring up a few genuine scares and a neat final twist. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 9, 2008
35% Mi Reino (2002) Richard Harris is at his weariest, battle-scarred best... ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2008
50% Love's Labour's Lost (2000) A luscious labor of love. ‐ Variety
Posted Jul 6, 2008
100% Veer-Zaara (2004) Though it doesn't quite match recent classics like Kabhi khushi kabhie gham in sheer technique and production sheen, in-depth star casting and thorough entertainment values make this a must-see for Bollywatchers. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 26, 2008
85% An Ideal Husband (1999) Smooth-flowing direction, a shrewdly pruned script and a top-flight ensemble cast that visibly relishes both the dialogue and one another's perfs make this a tony item for upscale, mature audiences. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2008
79% Little Voice (1998) A small picture with a big heart. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 19, 2008
48% Onegin (1999) The heart of Pushkin's celebrated classic pumps firm and full in debuting director Martha Fiennes' richly textured pic version. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 17, 2008
81% Jude (1996) Young English actress Kate Winslet adds luster and energy to Jude, a bold and generally successful attempt to adapt Thomas Hardy's final novel, Jude the Obscure, to the bigscreen. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 10, 2008
12% The Girl (2001) Pretentious dialogue is matched by equally uninvolving performances in this debut feature by Sande Zeig. ‐ Variety
Posted Jun 3, 2008
72% Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2001) The movie has a visual poetry that's refreshing. ‐ Variety
Posted May 29, 2008
88% Farewell My Concubine (Ba wang bie ji) (1993) Seductively lensed but emotionally uninvolving. ‐ Variety
Posted May 21, 2008
40% Head Above Water (1996) Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla. ‐ Variety
Posted May 20, 2008
No Score Yet Epistrofi (2008) The long-running antipathy of Greeks toward Albanian migrants -- generally depicted as criminals or hijackers in movies -- finds a much more solid dramatic base in The Homecoming, a notable first feature by writer-director Vasilis Douvlis. ‐ Variety
Posted May 12, 2008
No Score Yet Race (2008) Delivers solid, brainless entertainment thanks to a precision-built script and performances that are all in the same key. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2008
No Score Yet Campaign (2008) Though it's a half-hour too long, the result is an insightful, ironic portrait of campaigning at street level. ‐ Variety
Posted Apr 10, 2008
91% I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (Saibogujiman kwenchana) (2006) Witty, playful, romantic, tragic, Park Chan-wook's I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK is a whole chocolate box of emotions in a highly decorative but absolutely characteristic wrapping. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 26, 2008
No Score Yet Correction (2008) More realist than his debut feature, Atlas (All the Weight of the World), but much more thinly plotted, Thanos Anastopoulos' sophomore outing, Correction, spends a long time going nowhere in particular. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 17, 2008
58% Taken (2009) Widescreen package is technically slick at all levels, and ditto the action choreography, in a cartoonish way. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 14, 2008
83% Waking Ned Devine (1998) A genial, feel-good item. ‐ Variety
Posted Mar 11, 2008