David Sterritt
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For 1,981 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 4.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 American Splendor
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
1,981 movie reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    You may become a cinemaniac yourself after sitting through this beauty.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Movie-style romance may never look quite the same. Neither will flower petals.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive "Bottle Rocket" with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking "Groundhog Day."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    What makes the film stunning is less its metaphorical scheme than its cinematic style. Always a matter of flowing camera movement, Kubrick has photographed much of the action with long "traveling shots" that capture time and space as a seamless whole, not fractured into the bits and pieces of standard editing techniques. [26 June 1987]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Pinter's screenplay offers an exciting mixture of psychological suspense and storytelling surprise, and the lead performances are close to flawless.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie should fascinate anyone interested in politics, publishing, and the uneasy marriage between big money and mass communication.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It combines a fresh and exciting style with stunning performances and that rarity in current film, a deeply humanistic story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The drama's elegant structure, which takes you through a series of surprises so smoothly and logically that it might be over before you realize you've seen one of the new year's most intriguing, intelligent movies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cary Elwes is marvelously funny as the hero. [25 Sept 1987]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kaurismaki is Finland's greatest filmmaker, and never has he more artfully balanced his patented blend of deadpan humor, low-key melodrama, and toe-tapping music.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rollicking documentary that will have your toes tapping and your ears sizzling whether you're a die-hard Motown fan or not.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is the kind of movie that literate viewers pine for, laced with gracefulness and wit.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie is flawed by implausible psychology and moments of weak acting. But it's more than redeemed by Lee's passionate ideas about America today.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Miller shows terrific talent as a director with a sharp eye for images, a keen ear for dialogue, and a refreshing willingness to take storytelling risks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Excellent acting, intelligent screenwriting, and dynamic filmmaking give this Mexican production a forceful emotional and intellectual charge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A smart and scary voyage into the uncanny realm where hard realities,mind-spinning myths, and hallucinatory visions blur.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie elegantly mingles drama, comedy, and low-key spiritual resonance. It also has a splendid cast.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart, funny, and splendidly acted.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    First and foremost a very funny film, and a very pleasant one that doesn't really have a villain. Credit for its hilarity goes largely to Black, who gives the performance of his career as a character who might have seemed merely coarse and crude in less gifted hands.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This kind of quiet ambiguity, avoiding easy answers to complex human conflicts, is all too rare in American movies.

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