David Sterritt

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For 1,989 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Langrishe Go Down
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
1989 movie reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Has touching and instructive moments.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Kids may yawn at the movie's dawdling pace.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Murphy gives one of his more-restrained performances, which suits the mood of carefully contained mayhem established by Steve Carr, the director.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Where's the real 007 when we really need him? Or better yet -- Calling Inspector Clouseau!
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Fantasy-style plot doesn't mesh easily with the unsettling psychological themes woven through it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    This hugely popular horror yarn is less a cleverly spun story than a disjointed collection of shockeroos, surrounding a few ghoulishly effective moments with overcooked plot twists and in-your-face vulgarity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Never quite catches fire.
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    What keeps The Mosquito Coast from being a great movie is too much caution.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Scott's filmmaking is as blunt and bullying as the mayhem it portrays.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The comedy is tooooo loooooong for the two or three jokes it has to play with, and Kinnear does the picture's only three-dimensional acting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The setting is cramped and the story is illogical, but it's suspenseful as long as you don't think about it very hard.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Like the Oscar-nominated "Seabiscuit," though, Miracle fails to ring true as it tries to make a sporting event an all-embracing metaphor for the American way.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Hanks and Ryan are as appealing as ever, and Ephron's fashion-conscious camera gives the action a slickly attractive sheen.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    More cautionary than titillating...some of it (is) deliberately disturbing.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Carax's cinematic imagination makes it worth viewing by movie buffs with a sense of adventure and a tolerance for explicit sex.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    A likable though slender documentary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    An engaging and sometimes gripping movie, if ultimately a superficial one. Reiner has mastered the surface skills of moviemaking, although the inner depths continue to elude him. [11 Dec 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    It doesn't have a speck of authentic heart -- you can bet its Hollywood creators wouldn't move to Alabama if their lives depended on it -- but if you belong to the growing legion of Witherspoon worshippers, this is definitely the movie of the week.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The drama is likably low-key but builds little excitement, and Bowie's star billing says more about the power of his agent than the number of scenes he appears in.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Starts quirky, grows steadily darker, doesn't build much excitement.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Inherently stale.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Wordy, wearying drama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The premise is more interesting than the movie, which takes several wrong turns on its way to an unconvincing conclusion.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    This visually inventive fantasy paints the wide screen with colorful effects, but its psychological and spiritual ideas rarely rise above "new age" fuzziness.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Besson's account of the Maid of Orleans presents itself as a celebration of a martyr's faith but shows more interest in the violence and hatred that surrounded her life.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The quartet appears to be mightily lacking in the brains and judgment departments, but at least it tries to do something about its failings, employing a traveling psychotherapist whose interventions and ruminations provide some of the film's most unwittingly amusing moments.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The subject is compelling but the story is very, very slow.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Their shenanigans rarely run short of explosive energy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The movie makes a commendable effort to celebrate bravery and underscore the terrors of war, but its melodramatic approach is more spectacular than insightful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The film actually deserves four stars for its imaginative style and astonishing suspense, zero stars for its shameless exploitation of violent shocks and loveless sensuality.

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