David Sterritt

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For 2,001 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 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 L'Argent
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
2001 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Intelligent yet easy-going masterpiece.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Lively characters, snappy dialogue, and snazzy visuals make this an uncommonly fine animation.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The latter element joins with Crudup's excellent acting to make this deliberately scruffy tale a worthwhile experience if you can handle its explicitly sordid subplots.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The acting is smart and gritty, Almereyda's visual style has a raw immediacy found in few films with Shakespearean pedigrees, and an eclectic music score adds atmosphere and surprise every step of the way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's never been topped.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    An ingeniously scripted psychological thriller.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a riveting treatment of a fascinating subject.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Intimate and engaging.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Can a misguided adult start afresh with a new set of values and priorities? This ambitious drama, directed by one of France's most resourceful filmmakers, explores that crucial question in depth and detail.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Gentle, humanistic, delicious.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Or
    Yedaya's prizewinning debut film is acted and directed with uncommon psychological realism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Results are illuminating, harrowing, and riveting.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Strange, scary, and atmospheric, with a delicious Claude Debussy score.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Visually sublime and intellectually dense, this is one of the extremely rare movies that prove cinema can be as complex and profound as the very greatest art works in any form.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The story has old-fashioned characters and situations, and Haas has sensibly filmed it in an old-fashioned way, stressing visual appeal rather than the story's sordid undertones. The acting is excellent, too.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Von Trier sets the action on a theatrical stage, spotlighting the existential isolation that weighs on people who don't seek larger visions of life, individuality, and community. Challenging, dramatic, provocative.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Piccoli gives one of the most nuanced performances of his distinguished career, but the primary star of the movie is de Oliveira, who unfolds the story with unfailing skill and sensitivity.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    At the very least, look for it on 10-best lists next month, and there's every chance it will be a strong contender at the Oscars. Filmmaking so sensitive and intelligent deserves its weight in honors.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is one of the rare movies to explore American materialism through the eyes of an all-too-ordinary person who isn't up to the challenges of everyday life.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Gripping, suspenseful, and spiced with fascinating information about the long history of chess between human and mechanical opponents.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    One of Almodóvar's most challenging pictures, jumping around in time and sending a large gallery of characters through a wide variety of situations -- will find him again at the peak of his powers.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The acting is brilliant and Leigh's screenplay - developed through his usual process of improvisation and rehearsal - is very long on compassion, very short on preaching and politics.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    There's much subtle beauty in the last movie completed by Merchant Ivory Productions before Merchant's untimely death.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Weir's offbeat directing makes the most of Andrew Niccol's inventive screenplay, which includes large doses of surprisingly sardonic satire aimed at today's entertainment trends.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Lively documentary about McGovern's disastrous run for the US presidency. The interviews with him are worth the price of admission.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A mix of war film, road movie, and romantic comedy-drama, this peripatetic yarn is less resonant than Ghobadi's beautiful "A Time for Drunken Horses," but it has enough energy to keep your eyes popping and your toes tapping.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    See it with an open heart and a tapping toe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Thoughtful and reflective, it stands with the most exquisitely crafted films in recent memory, joining eloquently conceived images to an uncommonly literate screenplay. [17 Sept 1993, Arts, p.11]
    • Christian Science Monitor

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