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 Another Road Home
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1984 movie reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    True, traces of his bad habits show through at certain moments, especially near the end, when a long and lachrymose scene plunges into Spielgerian sentimentality of the gooiest kind. But before that unfortunate point, Schinder's List serves up three full hours of brilliant storytelling. That's as humane and compassionate as it is gripping and provocative. [15 Dec 1993]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    A thriller so tricky that figuring it out is half the fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    Bird isn't an easy film, and it doesn't always make an effort to be likable. But it's a dazzler - at least as good as "Round Midnight,'' and that's saying a lot.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    To say it right out, The Bostonians is the best movie I've seen all year.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    JFK
    Controversy and all, JFK is one of the year's most powerful and provocative films.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 David Sterritt
    Beverly Hills Cop is an action movie and an Eddie Murphy vehicle first, but Brest's dramatic intelligence surfaces often enough to make a welcome difference in what could have been an ordinary crowd-pleaser. [13 Dec. 1984, p.35]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The result is fine fantasy fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Davison gives one of his many bravura performances in this 1977 adaptation of Miguel Pinero's hard-hitting play.
    • 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
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Who would have guessed a documentary about Derrida, the great French philosopher of deconstruction and "différence," would be so entertaining?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's an impressive movie, pointing to Howard as a promising new director.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Hodges and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg fill the British production with Dostoevskian ironies, and Owen is perfect as the antihero.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting is excellent and Penn reconfirms his remarkable talent for muted, understated filmmaking that focuses on character and dialogue rather than spectacle and sensationalism.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Good acting and pungent dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This unusual romantic drama is sensitively acted by a well-chosen cast and subtly directed by Cox.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Excellent acting and a finely tuned screenplay spark this genuinely offbeat melodrama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting is uneven, but Huston's performance gains eerie intensity as the tale moves from sensationalistic melodrama to humanistic tragedy.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Some will dislike its shaggy-dog screenplay and restless camera work, and others may find its finale too postfeminist for comfort.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting is amiable and the story is crisply told.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    One of the season's most watchable treats.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Ali
    What keeps the movie from championship status is a sense that the filmmakers see Ali's social and political contributions as extra added attractions, ultimately less important than his greatness in the ring.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    There's some very funny dialogue, but the picture falls apart when it tries to think real thoughts about celebrity, publicity, and the media.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting and screenplay are amusing, but director Sitch might have taken a more adventurous approach to a tale with such an adventurous subject.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Carrey is excellent, making the most of his comic gifts even in a cumbersome Grinch outfit, and the eye-spinning color scheme is dazzling to behold.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The comedy is frantic and tasteless in the usual Waters mode, but it takes telling potshots at the Hollywood establishment, which isn't nearly so open about the tackiness of its products.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The movie is more a family album than a historical study, but you'll learn a lot and your toe will tap, tap, tap.

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