David Sterritt

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For 1,985 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Goodfellas
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1985 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Too much repetition and an unconvincing finale take a toll on the film's overall effectiveness.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    This romantic farce has a talented cast and energy to spare, but somehow the ingredients don't burn as brightly as one would expect from such promising ingredients.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The first half is full of verbal and visual surprises, but the later scenes are talky and dull, as if filmmaker Steven Soderbergh had lost interest in his subject and his characters. Which would be understandable, since the story often seems more calculated than heartfelt. [4 Aug 1989, Arts, p.10]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Is this misogyny, as some insist, or a critique of misogyny, as others say? Many moviegoers, grossed out by the film's gothic approach to medical matters, won't watch long enough to find out which is the answer. [30 Sept 1988]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Heavily influenced by Quentin Tarantino's brand of quirky sensationalism, this high-energy saga by Paul Thomas Anderson goes a long way toward exposing the greed and stupidity of the pornography trade, then loses its moral compass and steers toward a sadly superficial ending.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Much of the action seems more like warmed-over Quentin Tarantino than first-rate Steven Soderbergh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The overall effect is about the same -- slow start, then escalating suspense and violence. Today's shock-movie fans will enjoy shrieking at it, and others should skip it. In space, no one can hear you ask for your money back.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Broderick and Witherspoon give perfectly matched performances at the head of a first-rate cast.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    This is the ultimate Woo movie, but while his fans will enjoy every minute, others will find it too long, repetitive, and violent.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    This hugely popular horror yarn is less a cleverly spun story than a disjointed collection of shockeroos, surrounding a few ghoulishly effective moments with overcooked plot twists and in-your-face vulgarity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    As gorgeous as it is to watch, Winged Migration suffers from a lack of organization.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Russell's stylish and imaginative filmmaking wages its own war against lunkheaded and sometimes offensive material.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The trouble with Chicago is the sense it conveys that nothing is really at stake -- there's no moral or ethical question that can't be turned into toe-tapping fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The first half is a well-acted psychological drama, but the second half is standard thriller fare with more action than insight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The movie would be better as a 30-minute short, though, since its shaky camera work and fuzzy images get monotonous after a while, and there's not much room for character development within the very limited plot.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Although it has a good heart and a warm spirit, this prettily filmed drama is more sentimental and manipulative than earlier Iranian films on youth-related subjects.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    There are a few hilarious moments, and a few more that are foolish and even disgusting. [15 July 1988, Art and Leisure, p.21]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 80 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Kenneth Branagh overplays his portrayal of Neville, but most of the other characters are skillfully acted by a solid cast, including the great Aborigine actor David Gulpilil as the tracker. In all, this is a watchable movie that's not quite the memorable experience it might have been.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    As a zoological spectacle the movie is riveting. But the narration tries to make us think of these adorable animals as if they saw the world in human terms.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    In its cinematic approach, though, the film is as slick as any Hollywood thriller, directed by Fernando Meirelles with visual flourishes - jazzy editing, lurid colors, crackling sound effects - that dilute the impact of what might have been an indelible cautionary tale.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The subject is crucially important, but the movie dilutes its impact with by-the-numbers filmmaking, and Cheadle's one-note performance displays few of his acting gifts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The meandering story and channel-surfing style prevent it from gathering the emotional momentum it would need to get below the hero's skin and let us know what really makes him tick.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    There's not enough substance to support the sentiment of this longish comedy-drama.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The same story was told vastly better in the 1949 melodrama "The Reckless Moment."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    I must report that Reservoir Dogs has little of intelligence to say - except for a few implicit comments on the nature of loyalty and betrayal - and that it's violent to the ponit of sadism. [5 Oct 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Loses its way in a crime-movie subplot and a less-than-believable love affair.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    There are lots of lively tunes in an excellent cause, but in the end you wish you'd either probed more deeply into historical events or heard more uninterrupted minutes of inspired performing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The story soon lapses into familiar private-eye formulas, though, and the characters aren't interesting enough to hold much attention on their own.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    In the end, however, the story is too contrived and melodramatic to reach its full potential.

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