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

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
1984 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Een fans of Jay and Silent Bob may find the story too slender and the jokes too repetitive to be much fun.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Labors mightily to be a frolicsome entertainment, but the results are - well, labored. The dialogue isn't snappy, the story isn't surprising, there's little chemistry between the stars.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The story is mildly entertaining in its hackneyed way, but there's no excusing the picture's exploitative treatment of almost all the female characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The plot is a shameless plea for vigilante violence, and the dignity of the black hero is outweighed by the ethnically marked evil of his Hispanic antagonist. Beneath its crisp veneer, much of the movie is a high-energy hymn to hate.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Most of the characters are one-dimensional, and Avary's over-the-top directing doesn't make them interesting for more than a few isolated moments.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The consequences aren't remotely as comic as they're meant to be.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Alas, the movie is less clever than its characters.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    This noisy, disorganized story is riddled with clichés, stereotypes, and self-indulgence from beginning to end.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Sadly it's been botched. Guess Who serves up such flat dialogue and stilted situations that it's hard to sit through.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Moves at a lumbering pace, peppered with ungainly gags and dramatic moments with little emotional power. The ironic commentary on show-biz superficiality is sabotaged by Niccol's failure to make his own story seem real.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Talking dogs were cute, once. It's a tad disconcerting, however, when a canine starts lip syncing to the voice of Carl Reiner so it can complain about flatulence.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Barry Levinson's filmmaking style is often imaginative. The story contains horrific scenes of sexual torture as well as sadistic killings and other disturbing material, though.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    In short, this movie is exactly the kind of starry-eyed escapist fantasy that Dr. Powell suspects Prot of having. It's harmless enough, since we can be cured just by leaving the theater.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    If a mildly magical story is what you're after, it'll be worth the price of admission. Otherwise save your milk money for something more substantial.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    What's the point of the picture, except to allow Kutcher fans occasional peeks at acting talent he usually keeps hidden?
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    It's hard to enjoy this when you're barraged by bathroom humor, animal stunts, and gags about a character whose memory loss is so bad he's called Ten-Second Tom.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The nasty, sometimes violent story was written by Christian Forte, a newcomer who is clearly under Quentin Tarantino's unpleasant spell, and directed by Kevin Spacey, an unusually gifted actor who doesn't yet show any special talent for filmmaking.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The result is a quickly paced, slickly filmed entertainment that's also as crude and rude as the PG-13 rating will allow. It's mighty mean-spirited too, aiming "satirical jibes" at everyone from black illiterates to white rednecks, from breakers of the law to enforcers of the law, from society's elites to society's dregs.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Khouri's new picture takes all this talent and turns it into the kind of manipulative mush that Hollywood used to market under the condescending label "woman's picture" years ago.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    The combination of caveman dialogue, overcooked action, and anything-for-an-effect performances is maddeningly crude even by cop-movie standards. [22 May 1987, p.23]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    xXx
    The infuriating thing about XXX isn't that it delivers thrills and spills to moviegoers who don't know any better, but that its Hollywood hype reinforces the notion that brain-dead entertainment is what movies are all about.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The kind of comedy that aims at "edginess" and "sassiness" without managing to be edgy or sassy for a second.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    This sexually explicit South Korean drama aims more to jolt than to illuminate, but it illustrates an aspect of Asian cinema that globally minded moviegoers should know about as films from that region take on more international prominence.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    A perfectly funny idea -- call it "Ms. Ditz Goes to Washington" -- that's never allowed to take on real comic life. I laughed exactly once.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Falls flat, with more "sound design" than delicious music, more slick film editing than graceful ballroom gliding.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    David Cronenberg's movie is a chilly meditation on this theme, carrying some cinematic interest but surprisingly dull given the story's outrageous subject.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The violent story is long on nastiness, short on credibility.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    What remains discomforting is their sheer failure to be funny.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    By the time it ended, I'd stopped caring. I suspect most moviegoers will do the same. Here's hoping Shelton scurries back to the athletic world in a hurry.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The plot pants so hard -- that it makes less sense than the average pet-food commercial.

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