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 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
1,981 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Plenty of mad moviegoers will put this in their diaries as one of the worst pictures in ages.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 12 David Sterritt
    Arnold Schwarzenegger fights an outer-space monster in a third-world jungle. The monster never has a chance. Neither does the jungle. Neither does the audience. [19 June 1987, Arts & Leisure, p.23]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    It seems to have had the opposite effect on the director's taste, as she strives for new levels of raunchiness.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Four chuckles and a lively final-credits sequence are a mighty poor score for 99 minutes of alleged comedy, and the sentimental stuff is even worse.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The satire is intermittently amusing, but Arcand adds little to the arsenal of standard mockumentary tricks, and the interesting cast doesn't get many interesting things to do.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    How did a dignified pro like Duvall get stuck in this fender-bender?
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    In sum, Van Helsing is yet another video game disguised as a wide-screen epic. Here's hoping the box office drives a firm wooden stake through its hokey Hollywood heart.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Carpenter pulls out all the action-adventure stops, but he and coscripter Larry Sulkis forgot to write dialogue the audience could listen to without howling in disbelief.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    This low-budget drama tries very hard to convey messages of tolerance and compassion, but it's too weakly acted and directed to have much impact.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    So sloppily made that it's barely coherent.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Crash-lands as disastrously as the heroes and never quite recovers its wits.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Dull despite its suspense-driven story.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    It's picaresque, all right, but full of ethnic stereotypes, and filmed much too blandly to compete with the superb ''Black Stallion'' of a few years ago.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Travolta and Jackson have some effective scenes, but Nielsen is lacking in charisma, and James Vanderbilt's screenplay ought to be court-martialed.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The comedy isn't quite as crude as it sounds, but there's not much of value here beyond a little lively acting.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    There's nothing special about this movie -- it's just business as usual for today's debased action-movie genre.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Too bad (Arnold) can't save the movie from it's superstitious clap-trap, sadistic violence, and sheer silliness.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    House of D, arrives in theaters this week, after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. I'm sorry to report it's the opposite of impressive.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Romano tries hard, but it takes real big-screen talent to draw laughs and emotions from material as flimsy and formulaic as the script.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The results are unbelievably tedious, but Mansfield buffs may find it intermittently worthwhile.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    There are a few clever lines and Cleese has some sensational moments, but that's not enough to make the farce seem fresh.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 David Sterritt
    Frankly, it's excruciating to watch.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The story is inspirational in a superficial way, but the filmmakers focus so exclusively on their attractive heroine that the picture loses any real connection with Africa.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Viewers of that age may overlook the contrived situations and the awful acting, which consists mainly of frozen grins. Nobody else will.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Suffers from a lack of chemistry.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    As dopey as its heroes, and the cast's admirable energy isn't enough to keep the story punching through the final round.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The dialogue is dumb ('zilla has the best lines, "arrrrrggh" and "maaroarrr"), New York is waterlogged, and Godzilla isn't on screen enough.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Strains to be shockingly original but winds up as cheap and cheesy as its characters.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Muddled screenwriting and uninspired directing.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    A few mildly amusing gags don't outweigh the trite situations and mean-spirited attitude of this comedy.

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