David Sterritt

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For 2,004 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Imaginary Heroes
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
2004 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    In place of a conventional plot, this utterly unique Swedish movie offers a series of related episodes -- Some are funny, some are tragic, all are dreamlike and unpredictable, suggesting that the 21st century will be a lot weirder and wackier than we expect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Weir had a truly magical touch in early films like this 1977 masterpiece, which offers a transfixing excursion into the "dream time" of Australian myth.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stranger than fiction, indeed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Moody, atmospheric, and bewitching, like other first-rate examples of modern Thai cinema.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Egoyan's cinematic brilliance shows up intermittently in this atmospheric thriller, which gains most of its punch from Hoskins's surprisingly subtle performance.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masterly by any measure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    What distinguishes the movie is its inventive, multifaceted way of questioning whether the "truth" of past events can ever be separated from the memories, longings, and scanty evidence that inextricably surrounds it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Elf
    It's a terrific movie, smart and funny enough to hold up at any time of year.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    In sum, the classical Ron Howard and his splendid cast have made a spellbinding movie that joins "Million Dollar Baby," as well as "Raging Bull," the first two "Rocky" pictures, and "Fat City" as one of boxing cinema's all-time heavyweight champs.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This kind of quiet ambiguity, avoiding easy answers to complex human conflicts, is all too rare in American movies.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Put Roeg's powerful cinematic style on the cultural map.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart, funny, stimulating.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Magical movie, which has brilliant fun with the contrasts between film and theater, love and infatuation, reality and fantasy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Ten
    Iran's greatest filmmaker is fond of stripping personalities bare through conversations they have while riding in cars. Here he pushes his favorite dramatic device to its limit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    An astonishing human, political, and historical document.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Obviously a profoundly personal film, but it's also a smartly conducted tour through the world of building and design that Kahn towered over during the most successful phases of his career.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    LaBute is coming of age as an artist, and his future looks brighter than I ever would have suspected a year ago. Enfant terrible or not, he's starting to become a substantial figure in American film.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Articulate interviews and an unusually creative visual style make the picture as lively to watch as it is illuminating to think about.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly acted, cleverly written, sensitively directed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It combines a fresh and exciting style with stunning performances and that rarity in current film, a deeply humanistic story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Beneath its surface of chronic suffering and hospital details, Chereau's best drama etches a humane, sensitive, and richly moving portrait of fraternal love struggling to mitigate human frailty.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie is remarkably touching and engrossing, with Kline's spot-on acting and realistically second-rate singing balancing Judd's one-note performance as his wife.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Along with its historical value, The Weather Underground is also a terrific movie, energetic, and articulate. It's the don't-miss documentary of the season.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Not a masterpiece, but definitely one of the year's most entertaining movies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Take a chance on Gerry. It's only a movie, and you'll get out alive no matter what happens on the screen. You might even find you've had a rare adventure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Worth a dozen "Blair Witch Projects," with much more harrowing psychology and pithy dialogue. It's a bone-chilling plunge into no-holds-barred storytelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The best is "Equilibrium" by Soderbergh, about a man being analyzed by a distracted shrink.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Not a great movie, but a valuable and revealing document.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Everyone raves about this 1957 film -- and everyone's right.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    If it weren't so smartly filmed and acted, this might add up to an over-the-top mess. But watch how inventively Mr. Antal keeps the action moving and you'll see why his picture has won a passel of prizes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie is a portrait, not a polemic -- but I can't imagine an attentive viewer leaving Love & Diane without increased understanding and concern with regard to inner-city life.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Metropolis has a place in world history as well as in the annals of fantasy. Adolf Hitler was said to have loved it, and Lang eventually fled Germany for Hollywood when the Third Reich wanted him to run its movie industry. Few movies of any era offer so much varied food for thought, cinematically and politically. Its new restoration is a major motion-picture event.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The drama's elegant structure, which takes you through a series of surprises so smoothly and logically that it might be over before you realize you've seen one of the new year's most intriguing, intelligent movies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Filmed in a leisurely, understated style, this dark comedy is downright entrancing. A spectacular directorial debut.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    As quietly dazzling as a small, very precious stone.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kim's movie conjures a sense of spiritual discipline as suspenseful as it is stunning to watch and exhilarating to contemplate.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick has photographed much of the action with long "traveling shots" that capture time and space as a seamless whole, not fractured into the bits and pieces of standard editing techniques. [26 June 1987]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Brilliant, poetic, and utterly unique.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A glistening gem among caper movies, this impeccably elegant jewel-heist drama takes its title from Buddhist lore, its cast from France's great gallery of leading men, and its style from the unique blend of cinematic savoir-faire and brooding existential angst.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart and sumptuous.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Sensitive, imaginative.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a lively, life-affirming documentary no viewer is likely to forget.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A scrupulously balanced look at the subject outlined in the title. Packed with historical, sociological, and cultural context.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Its best moments offer a sense of motion-picture poetry that will lift receptive viewers out of their seats.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A profound film by a legendary director in the greatest period of his career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting, suspenseful, and a perfect antidote to the too-tricky documentary "Super-Size Me."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's a troubling, courageous, compulsively watchable work of art.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This poetic and compassionate drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan combines the intricate structure of his earlier movies with an emotional power that raises his remarkable career to a whole new level.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A true American tragedy, directed with skill and conviction.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The delights of the movie lie in its zany characters, its goofy settings, and above all its surrealistic visual style.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Always hard-hitting and often grimly, revealingly satirical.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This deliciously offbeat Canadian comedy gets its charm from marvelous acting and from a screenplay bursting with ideas. Great fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a funny, sad, stunningly smart movie about the end of movies, made in Tsai's inimitable, unblinking style. No movie lover should miss it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The tale is simply told but stunningly photographed and superbly acted in the best tradition of modern Iranian cinema.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Imaginatively acted, endlessly atmospheric.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a great companion piece to Hou's masterly "Flowers of Shanghai" and fresh evidence of his status as Taiwan's greatest filmmaker.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hoffman's acting is poignant and compassionate, etching a profoundly sad character with no trace of compromise, and Bates gives one of her most controlled performances ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Intelligent, revealing, and sometimes hilarious.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The performances of this quiet Iranian drama are utterly genuine, and the story is a delicate blend of slice-of-life realism and soft-spoken social commentary.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie's underlying theme is the complex relationship between objects and memories, worked out through a taut, compelling story and superbly understated acting. Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the atmospheric score.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Aniston and Reilly give the best of many excellent performances. A few plotty scenes aside, this quietly directed drama paints a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of modern malaise, and has a smart sense of humor as a bonus.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Berri lets the story develop in a leisurely and organic way, capping it with a last scene that's subtle and satisfying. Jean-Pierre Bacri is just right as the man and Emilie Dequenne is perfect as the maid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-"handled" terms is worth the price of admission in itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masina gives one of her most expressive performances.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    All told, he's (Linklater) one of today's most versatile American filmmakers, and Before Sunset finds his light shining as brightly as ever.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's the year's cleverest comedy in more ways than one. The animated sequences are brilliant... Most important, the story also has dark overtones that lend a hint of seriousness to what could have been just silly. [24 June 1988]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Informative documentary about the recent history of efforts to legalize gay marriage, tying these in with the history of marriage as an institution.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting and unique.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Its dark-toned cinematography by Henri Decaë still packs a wallop, and the screenplay has a refreshing sense of humor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A fascinating nonfiction voyage into rural and urban France, focusing on idiosyncratic individuals who live off things the rest of us throw away, from food to furniture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    As stylish as it is suspenseful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Wong has acquired a loyal cult following over the years, and Dupont's exquisitely filmed episodes show why.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Charged with humanity and compassion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Its leisurely, deliberative style is a perfect complement to the emotions it deals with - emotions so penetrating that I warn you at the outset how jarringly intense you may find Bergman's most brilliant drama in decades.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The film would be more informative if it put Goldsworthy into the broader context of modernist art movements. It's visually ravishing from start to finish, though.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero. [25 Sept 1987]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rigorous and riveting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Wrenching on both personal and political levels.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Children may enjoy it, aside from the youngest, who might find it too weird for comfort. Its main audience is adults, though. And not just any adults, but those in the mood for venturesome fare that's both surreal and hilarious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A walloping entertainment, brimming with the magic-realist action that made Ang Lee's somewhat similar "Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" a hit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rarely does a movie combine so much genuine human drama with such vivid exemplifications of "identity politics" and other sociocultural issues.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a sad and funny true-life tale that speaks volumes about the difficulties of independent filmmaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superb performances from a nonprofessional cast. It's gripping, timely, and revealing.

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