For 1,976 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 5.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 La grande strada azzurra
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
1,976 movie reviews
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Movie stars have tamed sassy kids in movies from "The Blackboard Jungle" to "Stand and Deliver," but it's hard to remember an example more patronizing or sentimentalized than this one.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Tries to be daring and iconoclastic but winds up seeming as spoiled and childish as its main characters.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    An interesting cast is wasted in this misanthropic thriller.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The animals are cute and Murphy gives a lively performance, but as with his remake of "The Nutty Professor," the original is still the best.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The movie gives us a Round Table and a flashing Excalibur but no magic, no mystery, no mythic resonance. Mostly there's a lot of slashing swordplay that should appeal to the picture's target audience of young males.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Hal Hartley's innovative comedy-drama is more ambitious than successful, but it deserves credit for trying something genuinely unusual.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Bataille was a serious philosopher as well as a sensation-seeking writer, but you'd never guess his provocative ideas from this updated version.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Like a nincompoop version of "The Usual Suspects."
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Even MacLachlan's surprisingly witty performance can't compensate for the trite screenplay and Mistry's lack of charisma.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    The director, Taylor Hackford, doesn't have the cinematic savvy to sustain so many tensions in a meaningful way; and the screenplay strays far over the line between incisive political comment and heavy-handed Red-baiting.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The movie means well, but neither its emotions nor its performances ring very true.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    The stagebound setting gets boring; the action doesn't build a steady momentum; and the characters do far too much hanging around until the camera's ready to point at them again.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The movie is gorgeously filmed and contains some fascinating lore about life in northern climes. But the plot is tritely predictable and far-fetched. Julia Ormond, Gabriel Byrne, and Vanessa Redgrave are among the performers who deliver less than their best.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Spoiled by its simplistic portrait of people from the Mideast as incorrigibly violent and untrustworthy.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Fiction and fantasy to evade reflection on the world we actually live in.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The suspense sequences are straight from the standard Hollywood blueprint, and the movie as a whole is so sloppily assembled that it's almost incoherent at times.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Philippe Rousselot's carefully shaded cinematography looks great, but the screenplay is pretentious and there's little to applaud in the top-heavy acting by John Malkovich and Julia Roberts.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Falls flat on screen, weighed down by far-fetched plot twists.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Weak acting, even by Hoffman. Aniston is so far above this material she should never, ever have signed on.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Has amusing bits of social satire, but they're crowded out of the stable by lots of bathroom and barnyard humor.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Uninspired thriller-comedy.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The story is irresponsible and the filmmaking is awful.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    MESSAGE Nuclear blackmail is a horrible crime but can be defeated by vigilant and courageous authorities.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Whatever novelty this series ever possessed has gone down the proverbial tube. The actors are on autopilot, and Adam Herz's screenplay panders to its immature target audience so cravenly and relentlessly that it verges on incompetence.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The dialogue is utterly inane, but the high-tech effects deliver the sort of thrills that disaster-film connoisseurs expect.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    If you want a movie time trip, the 1960 version is a far smoother ride.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Brody has offbeat charisma, but it's no match for the corny dialogue he's given here, not to mention the "Wild at Heart" snakeskin jacket he wears.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The film contains so many endings that it's hard to tell what impressions the filmmakers want us to leave the theater with. Buy a copy of the book instead. It remains an excellent read.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    Armageddon may sell tickets, thanks largely to a high-powered marketing machine that's been conducting its own countdown for the past several months. But it's not a pretty picture.