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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Silver City
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
1984 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Imaginatively acted, endlessly atmospheric.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This great masterpiece of German film is evocative and inventive from its first shot to its last.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a great companion piece to Hou's masterly "Flowers of Shanghai" and fresh evidence of his status as Taiwan's greatest filmmaker.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hoffman's acting is poignant and compassionate, etching a profoundly sad character with no trace of compromise, and Bates gives one of her most controlled performances ever.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Intelligent, revealing, and sometimes hilarious.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie's underlying theme is the complex relationship between objects and memories, worked out through a taut, compelling story and superbly understated acting. Ryuichi Sakamoto composed the atmospheric score.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Aniston and Reilly give the best of many excellent performances. A few plotty scenes aside, this quietly directed drama paints a sensitive, sympathetic portrait of modern malaise, and has a smart sense of humor as a bonus.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Berri lets the story develop in a leisurely and organic way, capping it with a last scene that's subtle and satisfying. Jean-Pierre Bacri is just right as the man and Emilie Dequenne is perfect as the maid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hearing her speak her finely honed mind in unscripted, un-"handled" terms is worth the price of admission in itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masina gives one of her most expressive performances.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    All told, he's (Linklater) one of today's most versatile American filmmakers, and Before Sunset finds his light shining as brightly as ever.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Thoughtful, exciting, moving.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's the year's cleverest comedy in more ways than one. The animated sequences are brilliant... Most important, the story also has dark overtones that lend a hint of seriousness to what could have been just silly. [24 June 1988]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Informative documentary about the recent history of efforts to legalize gay marriage, tying these in with the history of marriage as an institution.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting and unique.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A fascinating nonfiction voyage into rural and urban France, focusing on idiosyncratic individuals who live off things the rest of us throw away, from food to furniture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    As stylish as it is suspenseful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Wong has acquired a loyal cult following over the years, and Dupont's exquisitely filmed episodes show why.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Charged with humanity and compassion.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Quiet, mysterious, sometimes violent, ultimately close to sublime.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Utterly unsentimental, deeply moving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This thriller is ingeniously woven with motifs suggesting the difficulty of seeing and understanding truth, and substitutes psychological chills for commonplace gore.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Its leisurely, deliberative style is a perfect complement to the emotions it deals with - emotions so penetrating that I warn you at the outset how jarringly intense you may find Bergman's most brilliant drama in decades.

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