David Sterritt
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For 1,981 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Conformist (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
1,981 movie reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Not a masterpiece, but definitely one of the year's most entertaining movies.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is epic filmmaking on a profoundly human scale, directed to perfection and magnificently acted by everyone in sight.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is as challenging as movies come, alluding to everything from philosopher Thomas Hobbes to the history of Western music.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a lively, life-affirming documentary no viewer is likely to forget.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's great, fantastical fun.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A scrupulously balanced look at the subject outlined in the title. Packed with historical, sociological, and cultural context.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Imaginatively acted, endlessly atmospheric.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A major treat for the eyes.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masterly by any measure.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This superbly filmed Italian drama stands with Bellocchio's best work. Originally titled "Ora di religione."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A riveting re-creation of three world-changing collapses: those of the Nazi party, of militarized Germany as a whole, and of the Führer who guided them into self-destructive ruin.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Filmed in a leisurely, understated style, this dark comedy is downright entrancing. A spectacular directorial debut.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Always hard-hitting and often grimly, revealingly satirical.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Gentle, humanistic, delicious.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Scott has the courage to let the imaginative story unfold at its own leisurely pace, and it's not surprising that the acting is excellent, considering that he's among the very best American screen actors.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Visually stunning animation.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    As quietly dazzling as a small, very precious stone.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Like all this adventurous filmmaker's work, it's truly one of a kind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Spellbinding.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A triumph of psychological drama, owing as much to Ms. Bier's sensitive style as to Anders Thomas Jensen's smart screenplay, based on Bier's own story idea.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's hugely ambitious, with a sweeping range of character types, frequently shifting moods, stylistic flourishes of many kinds, and some mighty wry satire, aimed largely at the world of psychotherapy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Wrenching on both personal and political levels.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The material is right up Schrader's alley, and while his vision of the first "Exorcist" chapter isn't a masterpiece, it's far superior to the Renny Harlin prequel to "The Exorcist" released last year.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Faucher's filmmaking is exquisite, Naymark's acting is luminous, and superb use of music lends a crowning touch.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Touching, transfixing, unique.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    You run across animation this ingenious about as often as a moving castle comes your way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting, suspenseful, and a perfect antidote to the too-tricky documentary "Super-Size Me."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting and unique.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    There's much subtle beauty in the last movie completed by Merchant Ivory Productions before Merchant's untimely death.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly acted, movingly written, and directed with a tough-minded lyricism rarely found in today's films. A summer movie to love.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Suspenseful, surprising, and psychologically rich.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    As stylish as it is suspenseful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Weerasethakul's latest has received mixed responses on the film-festival circuit, yet while it's anything but commercial, it's also anything but unadventurous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a brilliant, if challenging, film.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A plan for a perfect murder goes wildly wrong in this 1958 melodrama by one of France's great filmmakers.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A travelogue unlike any other.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    On the screen, Burton turns out to BE the ideal filmmaker for this deliciously bizarre yarn. He's given free rein to his fantasies in past movies, but rarely as wittily and consistently as he does here.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A true American tragedy, directed with skill and conviction.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    An ingeniously scripted psychological thriller.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This low-key drama is a miracle of mood, atmosphere, and sensitivity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Filmed to perfection by the great Christopher Doyle and others.
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    At once dreamily surreal, acutely intelligent, and strikingly tough-minded, this pitch-dark dramatic comedy recalls David Lynch and "Donnie Darko" while remaining fresh and original to its core. A stunning directorial debut.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Brilliant, poetic, and utterly unique.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Can a misguided adult start afresh with a new set of values and priorities? This ambitious drama, directed by one of France's most resourceful filmmakers, explores that crucial question in depth and detail.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Frequently funny, sometimes sad, often electrifying.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Gilliam has rarely been more inventive, energetic, or just plain funny.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    One of the great Bertolucci's most acclaimed films...Trintignant gives a legendary performance.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Iwai's ambitious drama is strikingly shot, poignantly acted by a splendid young cast, and enriched by surprising use of Debussy classics on the soundtrack.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A mix of war film, road movie, and romantic comedy-drama, this peripatetic yarn is less resonant than Ghobadi's beautiful "A Time for Drunken Horses," but it has enough energy to keep your eyes popping and your toes tapping.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hollywood censors made Wilder reshoot one scene, but the original version has been rediscovered; while it's tame by today's standards, it makes the movie's caustic social commentary more potent than ever.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    While this isn't a masterpiece on the level of his great "Chunhyang," it packs a sophisticated cinematic punch.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The result is a lively, insightful look at multiple levels of self-delusion among people who truly believe their Halloween funhouse is making our fallen world a better place.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This delicious fable reflects Merchant's great love of language, his delicate visual sense, and his ability to make you think and laugh out loud, often at the very same time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Such understated storytelling, sensitive directing, and avoidance of easy filmmaking tricks are all too rare in American movies. This is truly one from the heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Lively characters, snappy dialogue, and snazzy visuals make this an uncommonly fine animation.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Sensitive, imaginative.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    An astonishing human, political, and historical document.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The latest installment is packed with surprises and emotion for people who've seen earlier stages of the project, but even newcomers will be fascinated by the vivid glimpses it provides of everything from love and family to political action and the pervasiveness of class distinctions in British life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Heart-pounding melodrama.
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    • 100 David Sterritt
    Put Roeg's powerful cinematic style on the cultural map.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Expressively filmed story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This strikingly unusual movie is at once an old-fashioned melodrama, a boldly stylized spectacle, and a very grim fairy tale, acted and directed with originality and flair.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rollicking documentary that will have your toes tapping and your ears sizzling whether you're a die-hard Motown fan or not.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Pungent, opinionated, outspoken.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Understated acting and brilliant use of wide-screen black-and-white cinematography.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Miller shows terrific talent as a director with a sharp eye for images, a keen ear for dialogue, and a refreshing willingness to take storytelling risks.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It takes time to grow accustomed to the docu- drama's stylized approach, influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard. But this nearly six-hour movie is generous with time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Charged with humanity and compassion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Visually ravishing -- an exquisite movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The tale is simply told but stunningly photographed and superbly acted in the best tradition of modern Iranian cinema.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Traveling from the tragic to the comic, this multifaceted film is richly acted and imaginatively directed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It reconfirms Marker as one of the most serious-minded and artistically gifted filmmakers in France, or anywhere else.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Payami's gentle comedy captures a subtle range of human feelings through a quietly inventive visual style that embodies the best life-affirming tendencies of modern Iranian film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    What counts isn't the convoluted plot or exotic characters -- it's the brilliance of Suzuki's cinematic style, articulating the action with eye-boggling color and split-second editing effects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Its best moments offer a sense of motion-picture poetry that will lift receptive viewers out of their seats.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A pungent pleasure from start to finish.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
    • 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.

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