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 Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
2004 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The screenplay isn't remotely as funny as it tries to be, and the visual style is equally unexciting.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Taylor Hackford's thriller makes a mischievous assault on today's legal system, but its points would be more telling if the story didn't veer so often into needless sensationalism and eye-catching effects.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The visuals are spectacular at times, but the screenplay is trite, intermittently vulgar, and just not funny.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Mighty monotonous after a while.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The result is yet another remake that should send viewers scurrying to video stores for the original.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Too chilly and distanced to build the emotional impact it would like to have.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The first half packs some clever surprises, but eventually you'll wish you'd signed up with another movie.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The thriller's best and worst features all stem from a highly unusual plot structure that builds to a genuinely startling conclusion.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Impressively filmed but not dramatic enough to justify its length.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The picture often rambles as aimlessly as its characters, but its vivid depiction of alienation and self-destructiveness among suburban youth has much cautionary value.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The overall effect is imaginative but overambitious, though Troche unquestionably has cinematic talent.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    A change from summer fare, but it doesn't make the picture compelling to watch. You won't find the detail of the "Godfather" films or the psychological complexities of Martin Scorsese's gangster movies. The plot holes are big enough to hide Al Capone's illicit millions in.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    It's surprising that so much material, so many moods, and such an interesting cast end up making such a small, unmemorable splash.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The picture is equally long on eye-dazzling camera work and New Age sentimentality.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Some of his theories seem cockamamie compared with current intellectual norms, though, so it's too bad the filmmakers don't give him time to make a coherent case.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Written and directed by Deepa Mehta, this Indian production is not filmed very interestingly, but reveals much about conflicts between traditional and modern attitudes in Indian society.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Witherspoon fills the screen with bright-eyed bounce. The rest of the cast is as forgettable as the flimsy story.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Eddie Murphy does his patented routines effectively, and the dialogue has some pungent moments, but the movie doesn't succeed as the "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" update it would like to be.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    A bit too neat and calculated to make the emotions ring really true.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    This sensationalistic tale doesn't delve very far into the issues it raises.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Far from a great film, but it certainly stretches the envelope.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Old-fashioned storytelling.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Its ideas are worth pondering, but as a movie it's less memorable than its interesting cast suggests.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Flashy but uninvolving crime thriller.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Christopher Hampton's film conveys the basic plot of Joseph Conrad's sinuous novel but loses the book's sardonic tone and psychological depth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Despite his fascinating subject and an impressive cast -- Sayles lets his story drift in too many directions, as if he'd lost his Florida road map somewhere along the way during his travels.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The settings and visual effects are imaginatively done, but the dialogue is silly and the plot is a mishmash, with echoes of everything from the "Aliens" movies to Michael Crichton's novel "Sphere," which pushes similar buttons a little more intelligently.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Bowfinger is mediocre . . . can be irksome, tedious, and hard to sit through.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The most startling aspect of this slow-building horror movie is how unexpectedly it morphs from a quietly romantic suspense yarn to a flat-out tale of terror that may have some viewers hiding under their seats.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Solid acting helps the story stay earthbound when Aronofsky's filmmaking gets addicted to its own flashy cynicism, but the picture sometimes seems as dazed and confused as the situations it wants to criticize.

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