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

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Sunset Story
Lowest review score: 0 Bio-Dome
Score distribution:
1,981 movie reviews
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    In short, they don't make 'em like this one anymore. Viewing it is like taking a time machine to a movie age that was more naive than our own in some ways, more sophisticated and ambitious in others.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart and sumptuous.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    One of the great Bertolucci's most acclaimed films...Trintignant gives a legendary performance.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Everyone raves about this 1957 film -- and everyone's right.
    • 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.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The legendary Mifune leads a superb cast, and Kurosawa's kinetic camera keeps the adventure sizzling with energy and wit from start to finish.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This masterpiece of poetic realism features one of Gabin's most renowned performances, a smart subtext about French colonialism, and enough exotic atmosphere to keep your head in the clouds long after the final scene.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Metropolis has a place in world history as well as in the annals of fantasy. Adolf Hitler was said to have loved it, and Lang eventually fled Germany for Hollywood when the Third Reich wanted him to run its movie industry. Few movies of any era offer so much varied food for thought, cinematically and politically. Its new restoration is a major motion-picture event.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Among the picture's many surprises is a superb robbery scene filmed in a near-total silence that contrasts exhilaratingly with the noisy flamboyance of more recent films in this venerable genre.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Wit, joy, imagination, and sensational mid-'60s music.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Too intense for the youngest viewers, but teenagers will enjoy it -- an ill-smelling "stink-god" character is almost worthy of a Kevin Smith gross-out movie -- and grown-ups should find it diverting, if not exactly deep.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Doesn't make it a masterpiece, but it's fun.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Like all masterpieces, it speaks to later ages as powerfully and intelligently as to its own.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Not a masterpiece, but definitely one of the year's most entertaining movies.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Add a lot of dull acting -- except Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis -- and you have an uneven movie with yawns aplenty.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Movies don't come more original, inventive, or outlandishly entertaining.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Barbet Schroeder directed the ingeniously made film, which weaves fact, hypothesis, and conjecture into a harrowing yet continually gripping and often highly amusing narrative. [12 Oct 1990]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The film may be too talky for action-minded viewers and too fantastic for more serious spectators, but it brings appealing twists - including a feminist sensibility - to the venerable martial-arts genre.
    • 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
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A profound film by a legendary director in the greatest period of his career.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Absorbing but disturbing documentary.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Yang favors a gentle and introspective style that shows how deep and strong everyday emotions can run. A memorable treat.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The credo of Italy's fabled neorealist movement was that movies rooted in real, unadorned experience carry more dramatic impact than studio concoctions can dream of, and this 1952 masterpiece exemplifies that argument brilliantly.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masterly by any measure.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The timeless fairy tale about a young woman who agrees to dwell with a mysterious monster, as interpreted in 1946 by one of cinema's most brilliant visual stylists and mythmakers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A plan for a perfect murder goes wildly wrong in this 1958 melodrama by one of France's great filmmakers.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 63 David Sterritt
    Far from the movie of the year, the first installment of the long-awaited Lord of the Rings trilogy is an all-around disappointment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is as challenging as movies come, alluding to everything from philosopher Thomas Hobbes to the history of Western music.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This sometimes harrowing, often delightful drama stands with his (Sembène) most compassionate, colorful, and artfully filmed works.