David Sterritt

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For 2,009 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 This Divided State
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
2009 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Spellbinding.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Moore makes no pretense of being "fair and balanced." He makes a passionate case for his own perspective, and invites us to agree with him or not. "I fulminate, you decide" could be his motto.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Mood, atmosphere, and character are more important than story twists in this unassuming, acutely observant drama.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This astoundingly beautiful Korean production is poignant, original, and engrossing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A must-see account that casts a harshly illuminating light on a key period of recent American history.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly cast, evocatively directed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The filmmaker keeps things lively by roaming far and wide with her camera, returning to the statesmanship side of the documentary often enough to let us follow relevant events as they unfold.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It reconfirms Marker as one of the most serious-minded and artistically gifted filmmakers in France, or anywhere else.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The filmmaking is meticulous and the ideas are endlessly thought-provoking.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Like all this adventurous filmmaker's work, it's truly one of a kind.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    You run across animation this ingenious about as often as a moving castle comes your way.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A smart and scary voyage into the uncanny realm where hard realities,mind-spinning myths, and hallucinatory visions blur.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This low-key drama is a miracle of mood, atmosphere, and sensitivity.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Expressively filmed story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Like its star, it's quietly sincere and compulsively watchable.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Barbet Schroeder directed the ingeniously made film, which weaves fact, hypothesis, and conjecture into a harrowing yet continually gripping and often highly amusing narrative. [12 Oct 1990]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart, funny, and splendidly acted.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed, and overflowing with mellifluous music.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Harrowing, extremely disturbing at times, but brought to the screen in dazzling pop-art images that make the movie's grim content very much worth watching.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A travelogue unlike any other.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Well worth seeing on the wide screen before its video release next year. It's guaranteed to take your breath away.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The secret to enjoying 8 Women is to check your analytical mind at the popcorn counter and settle back for almost two hours of cinematic mischief.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Feisty, funny, and smart.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Acted as a drama, paced like a ritual, filmed as a slice of rural Iranian life.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The result is a history lesson both invaluable and horrific.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Concise, humane documentary.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stay far, far away unless you can handle the copious amounts of blood--and agonizing psychological problems-- that its participants face on what seems like a daily basis.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive "Bottle Rocket" with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking "Groundhog Day."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie elegantly mingles drama, comedy, and low-key spiritual resonance. It also has a splendid cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Pure fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting and revealing whatever views you have on the partisan issues involved.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rohmer's films are renowned for their beauty, so it's surprising that he made a picture using digital video rather than film. But this was the right choice.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Soldier's Daughter thrives less on Hollywood-style drama than on nuances of personality, details of everyday life, and emotions so commonplace that conventional movies rarely take the time to acknowledge them, much less explore them with loving care.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Like all masterpieces, it speaks to later ages as powerfully and intelligently as to its own.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    One of a kind, turning Foreman trademarks such as self-satirical acting and out-of-nowhere music into powerful elements of an outlandish story.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kaurismaki is Finland's greatest filmmaker, and never has he more artfully balanced his patented blend of deadpan humor, low-key melodrama, and toe-tapping music.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's no accident that this movie is named after both the filmmaker and his subject. It stands with the most thoughtful releases of recent months, and will linger in memory.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Van Sant gives no pat or easy answers. Instead he makes us squirm, worry, and think. That's why Elephant is a must-see movie.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly acted.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Among the picture's many surprises is a superb robbery scene filmed in a near-total silence that contrasts exhilaratingly with the noisy flamboyance of more recent films in this venerable genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Pinter's screenplay offers an exciting mixture of psychological suspense and storytelling surprise, and the lead performances are close to flawless.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This documentary strives to fill the gap, and the result is memorable; viewing is mandatory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Less a biography than an essay on theatrical illusion and the changing nature of comedy. Love it or hate it, you've never seen anything quite like it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting documentary about the early California cable outlet and its ingenious programmer, Jerry Harvey, whose unsettled life and tragic death provide a dramatic framework for the account.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
    • 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
    Like most of Sokurov's movies, this oblique parable is mysterious, elliptical, irresistible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Morris's unique blend of realism and surrealism gives the film great resonance as a portrait of one eccentric individual and, more important, a study of the morbid proclivities that run beneath the surface of our supposedly civilized society.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Chilling and instructive.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Contains amazingly candid views of warriors behind the scenes of battle.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Three short documentaries about photography made by one of France's finest directors.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough exotic atmosphere to keep your head in the clouds long after the final scene.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie should fascinate anyone interested in politics, publishing, and the uneasy marriage between big money and mass communication.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Avoiding the clichés and condescension that characterize many films on religious figures, the movie is at once a compelling drama and a thoughtful look at faith-related issues on personal, social, and cultural levels.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Directed by Ulu Grosbard, who has never done a better job of filling the screen with superb acting, and shows great ingenuity at interweaving music with other aspects of the story.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    At its best, A Home at the End of the World has great emotional strength. But it's not the towering achievement it might have been if Cunningham had stayed truer to his original inspiration.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Visually ravishing -- an exquisite movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Subtle filmmaking and true-as-life acting make this an acute psychological drama with an engrossing sociological subtext. It stands with Doillon's best work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A fact-filled study that's also a full-fledged work of cinema art. [2 Sept 1988]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Provides an intelligent, deeply personal view of social and political issues that are longstanding and complex but not, she insists, intractable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Revealing and harrowing.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Writer/director Peter Duncan's first film is darkly humorous, with dashes of slapstick, brilliant, and original material.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's great, fantastical fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Blurring all the lines between fiction and documentary, this gentle and amusing movie blends real, unrehearsed material with delightful storytelling scenes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Junge's testimony is a salutary reminder that Hitler was like other people in ways, and that the evil he manifested could visit us again if more civilized humans don't remain watchful.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Thai filmmaking continues its renaissance with this moody, offbeat drama.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Fascinating.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Dumont's cinematic style is aggressively physical and philosophical at the same time. It irritates as many viewers as it inspires, but it prompts more thought than ordinary movies ever do.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Filmed and acted to near perfection, it's one of the year's most innovative and exciting pictures.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    John Schlesinger's rollicking version of Stella Gibbons's novel is acted with the highest of spirits by Kate Beckinsale, Joanna Lumley, Eileen Atkins, Ian McKellen, Freddie Jones, and many others.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This superbly acted, expressively filmed story offers a rare blend of compelling drama, ethical awareness, and sheer human emotion.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    One of the best pictures so far this year, marking a high point of Rudolph's career and reconfirming the extraordinary talent Mr. Campbell has shown in earlier films. Dentistry will never seem the same.

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