David Sterritt

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For 2,004 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Winter Solstice
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
2004 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    A few mildly amusing gags don't outweigh the trite situations and mean-spirited attitude of this comedy.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 David Sterritt
    A dark comedy about a bachelor party gone awry, it is excessively violent, ghoulish, and gory. Very Bad Things is lack-of-taste taken to the extreme.
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The comedy is shamelessly stupid and flagrantly vulgar by turns.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    At 225 minutes long, it feels like a trilogy in itself. That wouldn't be a problem if it had energy and imagination, but those qualities are missing, as is any sense of historical or philosophical context.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Opium- addicted Allan Quatermain becomes none other than Sean Connery. At least he gives a real movie-star performance, which is more than the other gentlemen manage. Extraordinary? Balderdash!
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    As soon as I finish writing this review, I'm going to try traveling a few hours in the past. That way, I can improve my life by skipping this movie!
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The story is a string of sub-Scorsese clichés, and if engaging actors like Malkovich and Hopper seem to be sleepwalking through their roles, imagine how unwatchable Diesel manages to be.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    So vulgar and incoherent that even Hackman's gifts can't score a touchdown.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The movie's one good performance is given by the house, full of ominous inscriptions, inscrutable chambers, and fiendish machines. The human characters are played with various degrees of manic overacting.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Santa Claus's bag couldn't hold as many clichés as the screenplay dishes out.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The story takes place in 2013, but you'd hardly know it from the age-old clichés Kevin Costner purloins to tell this overblown action yarn, which relies so heavily on ideas borrowed from John Ford westerns that the Hollywood giant should have been credited as codirector; too bad Costner can't invest them with Ford's kind of life and originality, though.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Breillat is a smart, serious observer of sexuality's often disruptive role in human life, but this existential drama is sadly pretentious.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The film means well, but each scene gets clobbered by sappy screenwriting.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    Judged by the standards of ordinary filmmaking, it's as strange, suggestive, and surreal as other Lynch pictures have been. Judged by the standards of Lynch's own career, however, it's amazingly stale and second-hand… [and] contains not a single moment of genuinely felt emotion. [1 Sept 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    The acting is sincere and the camera work is pretty, but this art-movie variation on "The Sixth Sense" doesn't have enough energy to fulfill the high promise of Berliner's previous picture, the enchanting "Ma vie en rose."
    • 28 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    Blending animation and live action, this ferocious fantasy is hopelessly vulgar in ways never dreamed of by "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
    • 27 Metascore
    • 0 David Sterritt
    This romantic comedy is so awfully misjudged and ineptly executed in every department that, while it isn't quite a contender for the "so bad it's good" category, this critic was nonetheless dabbing tears of laughter from his eyes.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Repetitious teen-targeted fluff.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The blend of live action and animation is competently done, but the subtly mean-spirited screenplay has more sour meows than hearty laughs.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The bad thing about A Guy Thing isn't the talent of its stars but the warmed-over triteness of the material they're forced to work with.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The film tries to revive the sort of good-hearted optimism associated with Frank Capra classics of the 1940s era, but pictures like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" were never so simplistic, syrupy, or tedious to sit through.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Cartoonish effects and overacting make this more corn than catnip.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Everyone tries very hard to make the story sweet and funny, but the soggy screenplay defeats them every time.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Surely it couldn't be meant as dramatic realism! But it is. And amazingly, the movie gets worse as it goes along.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The acting is solid and the heroine's quirky dialogue is amusing for a while. But repetitious writing and a weakly constructed story turn the promising premise into a disappointing mishmash of crime, politics, and show business.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The movie has a well-meaning message about love and loyalty being the bedrock of real family values, but its good intentions sag as the story trades its air of mischievous comedy for trite sentimentality, arbitrary plot twists, and enough maudlin melodramatics to sustain a tabloid TV series.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Even the delightful Duff disappoints.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The plot is predictable, the characters are cliches, and all the actors look and sound like refugees from a movie Martin Scorsese would have made vastly better three decades ago.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Strenuously unfunny sequel.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The plot is hamstrung by trite formulas, and there's too much violence and family tension for very young viewers. Shaquille O'Neal is likable as the title character, though.

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