David Sterritt

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For 2,004 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% 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 Sobibór, 14 octobre 1943, 16 heures
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
2004 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Illuminating, disturbing, evenhanded.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The film would be more informative if it put Goldsworthy into the broader context of modernist art movements. It's visually ravishing from start to finish, though.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero. [25 Sept 1987]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rigorous and riveting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Wrenching on both personal and political levels.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Children may enjoy it, aside from the youngest, who might find it too weird for comfort. Its main audience is adults, though. And not just any adults, but those in the mood for venturesome fare that's both surreal and hilarious.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A walloping entertainment, brimming with the magic-realist action that made Ang Lee's somewhat similar "Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" a hit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rarely does a movie combine so much genuine human drama with such vivid exemplifications of "identity politics" and other sociocultural issues.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a sad and funny true-life tale that speaks volumes about the difficulties of independent filmmaking.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superb performances from a nonprofessional cast. It's gripping, timely, and revealing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Hurt gives an astonishingly sensitive and funny performance as the bedazzled intellectual, and first-time filmmaker Kwietniowski unfolds the story with an unfailing blend of humor and compassion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Heart-pounding melodrama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Ms. Denis is one of contemporary film's best stylists. Friday Night is part tone poem, part love song, and all pure magic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Excellent acting, a stirring screenplay, and crisply intelligent directing make this fact-based movie a great human drama as well as a riveting and revealing look at crucially important social issues.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This territory is familiar if you remember the great BBC miniseries "Upstairs Downstairs," but Altman gives it a new twist with his restlessly roaming camera and incisively satirical approach. He's still near the peak of his powers.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    While it's not a great movie, it's a revealing study of how long it often takes for businesspeople to realize they're being freaked out, not flattered.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is an op-ed polemic, and it's refreshing to see one so skillfully produced by filmmakers with a shoestring budget and meager access to mainstream distribution. A must-see movie, no matter what your politics are.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Exhilarating doses of style, imagination, and sheer energy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Ingenious, eye-opening documentary.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The eerie tale is steeped in brooding atmosphere and psychological suspense thanks to Glazer's hugely imaginative visual style and creative use of music, sound, and silence.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The material is right up Schrader's alley, and while his vision of the first "Exorcist" chapter isn't a masterpiece, it's far superior to the Renny Harlin prequel to "The Exorcist" released last year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Noyce's movie pares away the novel's meditations on the futility of war and the importance of religion. It retains the book's thoughtful blending of psychological and moral issues.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A full-fledged masterpiece.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie doesn't reach any deep insights, but its mixture of psychology, philosophy, and realpolitik is downright riveting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A pungent, powerful film that points an accusing finger not at religious beliefs but at flawed human institutions. It also targets social and cultural mores that are almost medieval in their patriarchal bias against girls and women.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cantet has rich insights into this material, and brings them alive through sensitive acting and powerful filmmaking.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's unlikely there will ever be a more moving portrait of the shared selfhood, usually veiled by politics, common to the Palestinian and Israeli peoples.

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