David Sterritt

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For 1,984 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 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Aliens of the Deep
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
1984 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Traveling from the tragic to the comic, this multifaceted film is richly acted and imaginatively directed.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Expressively filmed story of rivalry, romance, and cultural conflict.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    What makes this small-scale drama so compelling is Pontecorvo's treatment of the main character.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Charged with humanity and compassion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A pungent pleasure from start to finish.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masina gives one of her most expressive performances.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The performances of this quiet Iranian drama are utterly genuine, and the story is a delicate blend of slice-of-life realism and soft-spoken social commentary.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cinema's greatest surrealist is at the peak of his powers in the last movie of his unparalleled career.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A full-fledged masterpiece.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly acted, cleverly written, sensitively directed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Made near the end of Buñuel's career, it's not his greatest movie, but it contains some of his most memorable moments.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Makhmalbaf continues her rise as Iran's most promising young female filmmaker, and Iranian cinema extends its reign as one of the world's most exciting cultural phenomena.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Sensitive, imaginative.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    In short, they don't make 'em like this one anymore. Viewing it is like taking a time machine to a movie age that was more naive than our own in some ways, more sophisticated and ambitious in others.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The acting is superb, the filmmaking is imaginative, and the story never goes quite where you expect.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Results are illuminating, harrowing, and riveting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Funny, sad, and skeptical in about equal measures, it announces writer-director Dylan Kidd as a filmmaker with a bright future.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Understated acting and brilliant use of wide-screen black-and-white cinematography.

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