David Sterritt

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For 1,985 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Horns and Halos
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
1985 movie reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This is not a happy tale, and its ending will have moviegoers reaching for every handkerchief they can find. But its compassion is as clear as the talents of the folks who made it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Directed by newcomer Todd Field, who has a sensitive eye and a knack for storytelling.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    In sum, this is hardly an "Iliad" adaptation for the ages. But if you're hankering for sand, sandals, and swordplay, this could be the movie for you.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Tom Hanks makes his directorial debut with this likable comedy, which shows that while pop culture is a business like any other, enthusiasm and high spirits can lead to satisfaction even if major success proves elusive.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story is surprising, the screenplay is witty, and the animation is wonderfully creative. A super sequel.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The movie's somber message is worth heeding, and the acting is mostly excellent.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Dumont's methods are radical, but there's a fascinating method to his seeming cinematic madness.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Lots of brilliant filmmaking and high-spirited acting, at least until the story turns repetitious and formulaic in the last 30 minutes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's an engrossing and inventive drama despite its flaws.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story is amusing and the animation is first-rate, but there's less sparkling originality than in "Toy Story."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Its discussions don't go very deep, and moviegoers with strong religious values may wonder why it comes down for humanism over spirituality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Debrauwer brings crisp conviction to what might have been an overly sentimental tale, filming it with a straightforward style and good-natured sincerity that ring consistently true.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The parallel stories don't always dovetail with each other smoothly, but the acting is strong and the atmosphere is powerful.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Watts is wonderful, and the story's forsaken-child theme still has plenty of horrific power.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Like its subject, the movie is a tad overzealous, but often fascinating and revealing.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Smart and engrossing, if too heavy on the symbolism at times.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Suspenseful and psychologically rich.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It captures their magic with a freewheeling spontaneity that became a model for later pop-music movies.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    While Jaoui's film is interesting to watch, it dawdles enough to lose its storytelling grip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Emmerich's screenplay gains emotional punch from its sincere concern for family values, but science-fiction fans may be disappointed by the limited exploration of its fascinating time-travel premise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Best when it recreates the cultural and political ferment of the era, capturing the idealism that made youths push against the social boundaries imposed on them by elders.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Haneke brings his usual dark sensibility to bear on the multifaceted story, expressing the fractured quality of modern city life through scenes that wander through a labyrinth of missing links and lost connections.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The farce is energetically written, breezily acted, and never quite as dumb as the lunkheads it's about.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The first half drags a bit, but the adventure scenes are exciting and the visual effects are as dazzling as Hollywood's most advanced technology can make them. Focusing as much on time and memory as on danger and disaster, it's an epic with a heart.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Divine Intervention is the "Dr. Strangelove" of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, bringing barely acknowledged fears to the surface so they can be understood.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The plot switches gears every time it threatens to run out of energy, which keeps the show as lively as it is preposterous.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Davison gives one of his many bravura performances in this 1977 adaptation of Miguel Pinero's hard-hitting play.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story of Laurel Canyon doesn't ultimately live up to the technical polish Cholodenko brings to it, but it's worth a visit if you want to check out the latest emotional vibes emanating from the Hollywood Hills.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Rodriguez makes a promising debut with this unsentimental drama. If she keeps working on her screenwriting skills, she could become a filmmaker to reckon with.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Too staid and stolid for audiences on the hunt for easy entertainment.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Distinguished less by its elements of melodrama and psychodrama than by its intense acting and the vivid immediacy of Levring's powerful imagery.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Its ethical and intellectual insights wane when the love story kicks in, weakening what might have been a much deeper movie. Still, its performances are wonderful to watch.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The drama makes up in intellectual weight what it sometimes lacks in psychological interest and cinematic realism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    You may not literally laugh or cry, as the ads promise. But you'll have a good time watching the dream-fulfilling denims make their comic-romantic rounds.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Henderson steals the show as an elderly African-American man befriended by one of the main characters.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Strong acting and no-nonsense filmmaking lend interest and impact to the dramatic story.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Although the action tends to become melodramatic and even overwrought at times, the imaginative power of Campion's images and emotional insights (especially with regard to the heroin) rarely allow the story to seem artificial or exaggerated. [12 Nov 1993]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The action is as perky as the main characters.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Moving the action to a modern American city, the hyperactive movie seems goofy and gimmicky at first, but it acquires real power when the cinematography settles down enough for Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes to do some excellent acting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    As slow-moving as the voyage it portrays,...a surprisingly complex view of contemporary life beneath its good-natured surface.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Although there's quite a bit of nudity and sex, the potentially sensationalistic story is acted with sincerity and directed with a creative eye.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    There's only one kind of movie that Spielberg has truly mastered: the kind that looks like a wide-screen video game complete with loony plot twists and mind-bending special effects. And that's Jurassic Park down to its bones. [11 June 1993, Arts, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The screenplay by director Bell is packed with surprises, and the acting is excellent.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's often beautiful to watch, although it's more interested in visual style than philosophical depth.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    There's heavy influence from the "Brave New World" brand of dystopian fantasy, but engaging performances and a stylized visual approach lend it originality.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The movie is Allen's most successful in years, even if you don't see it as a self-made commentary on his own career. Credit goes less to the comic dialogue than to the razor-sharp performances of an excellent cast.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Noe's despairing view of human nature is as thoughtful as it is grim, limning the most appalling aspects of earthly experience in terms recalling Dante and Bosh, among other apocalyptic artists.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The sensationalistic beginning and needless mumbo-jumbo ending aside, this is a female buddy film with bite.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Trumpets the worthwhile message that ballet is just as manly and athletic as any other masculine activity - and maybe a touch more so, if you have to defy an uncomprehending community in order to pursue it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Sincere acting and heartfelt filmmaking add energy to this unassuming Tunisian drama.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It packs an emotional punch despite shortcomings of story and style.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The visuals are amazingly realistic, filling the screen with authentic effects.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Jeffs is an unusually gifted director, but her screenplay (based on Kirsty Gunn's novel) never quite gets a firm grip or a fresh perspective on its coming-of-age subject matter.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Touching and sentimental.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    A gripping documentary, although we learn too little of the relationship between the filmmaker and his subjects.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Has undertones of serious commentary on American violence, thanks to the screenplay by Larry Cohen, who often uses horror-film plots to explore cracks and contradictions in society.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The analytical discussions don't run very deep, but eyes will shine and toes will tap whenever this picture is shown.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The material is vivid and harrowing, although the movie provides little analysis or larger-scale context.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Very well acted and directed, if overlong.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The picture has enough assets to please moviegoers willing to put up with its many four-letter words and the bursts of violence that spring from nowhere at unexpected moments. [27 October 1995, Arts Film, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The movie's seven scenes were filmed in real time (as opposed to condensed editing-room time) over the course of a year, giving the drama an extra touch of realism and humanity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The overall result is a serious though harrowing journey into the dark corners of this century, marked by a compassionate approach and even a fillip of optimism at the end.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's too emotionally honest and psychologically dense for its own good. It's a movie that demands more than one viewing to absorb all its ideas and feelings.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    All emerge as vivid historical figures in this lucid account.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Rambling, meandering, likable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The gentle story, told via old-fashioned "flat" animation, is perfect for the very youngest viewers.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The result would be an important drama if the screenplay (based on an early Arthur Miller novel) didn't lapse into preachiness and imprecision at times.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Few American filmmakers put more faith in the ability of words to stimulate mind and heart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Balaban's superb performance blends with Moyle's mostly understated directing to produce an uneven but sometimes enchanting comedy-drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Gries and Morris act up a storm as the optimistically named Sunny Holiday and his long-suffering manager.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    You never know what to expect from Boyle, and that goes triple in this offbeat comedy drama. It's a movie about family that family viewers will find good, quirky fun.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Romantic comedy about a bridegroom-to-be who gets sidetracked on the way to his wedding, especially by an unexpected traveling companion who's both free-spirited and beautiful.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It has a good heart, though, and makes an amiable introduction to the integration battles of the '60s and '70s.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It gains a major charge of dramatic energy from Kurt Russell's ferocious acting, almost certainly the best of his career.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Tarantino has always been an inventive director, and in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 he's at his cinematic best, showing an ingenuity that nothing in his monster hit "Pulp Fiction" surpasses.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Denzel Washington is stellar, and so is Tak Fujimoto's cinematography, which is as edgy and antsy as the story it tells.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    While this slightly edgy comedy has moments of offbeat charm, it would carry more conviction if the acting were richer and the characters focused on more sophisticated attitudes and ambitions.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Although the story slips into clichés despite its offbeat subject, Leconte's cinematic style is fresh and vigorous, and Auteuil remains one of France's most engaging actors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Distinctive feel.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The ending is especially inventive, managing to be sour, cynical, sentimental, and upbeat at the same time. [22 Dec 1989]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Heartfelt performances make up for some stodgy dialogue and corny moments, though. And it's nice to know some filmmakers still have a foot firmly planted in old-fashioned humanistic storytelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Spooky, atmospheric tale.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Moore turns the camera on himself too often for comfort, but he provides an eye-opening array of facts and revelations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Spain's most important living filmmaker isn't at his very best in this complicated tale, but it raises still-timely questions well worth pondering.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Generous doses of bright-sounding music add to the movie's appeal.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Baye gives a stunning performance in the central role, backed by a first-rate supporting cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    While more performance views would have been welcome, this is a treat no balletomane can afford to miss.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Norton gives the comedy unexpected sparkle in his directorial debut.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Like its precursor, U.S. Marshals has lots of action and the Jones groupies are likeable. Though the overall picture isn't as fine-tuned or character driven, it still delivers what moviegoers want to see - a fast-paced and entertaining chase.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Gently filmed, quietly thoughtful, sometimes almost heartbreaking.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    With its skillful blend of documentary, confessional, and comic moods, this is one of the infrequent avant-garde movies that's as amusing and entertaining as it is artful and sophisticated.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It would be even better if Eastwood followed his character's lead and emphasized "real issues" over "human interest" in a story that touches on important social problems without doing much to illuminate them.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    As director of the movie, Eastwood takes a conservative approach, with few of the imaginative touches that have made some of his films – "Bird," "The Eiger Sanction" – so memorable.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The evocative visual style -- is the main reason to watch this whimsical comedy-drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story takes a while to get started, but the acting is lively, the special effects are snazzy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This gritty drama doesn't rank with the greatest Iranian films, but its urban characters offer an interesting change from the nation's best-known productions, which generally center on rural subjects.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    On the surface, The Game is an unusually imaginative thriller that bends its offbeat plot into so many twists that you actually have to pay attention - something few Hollywood movies demand nowadays - to understand its evolution and enjoy the multiple payoffs at the end.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Less original than the first "Star Wars" and less resonant than "The Empire Strikes Back," but packed with fast-paced action and downright cuddly Ewoks.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Stirring on religious and humanitarian levels, and very timely notwithstanding its 1979 setting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Saw
    Horror fans will find plenty to shriek about. Everyone else should keep their distance.

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