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 Orwell Rolls in His Grave
Lowest review score: 0 Vegas Vacation
Score distribution:
1985 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This sometimes harrowing, often delightful drama stands with his (Sembène) most compassionate, colorful, and artfully filmed works.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Its refusal to draw solid lines between "good" and "evil" characters is more sophisticated than the psychology of most current commercial pictures. It's well worth a trek to a theater adventurous enough to show it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Children may enjoy it, aside from the youngest, who might find it too weird for comfort. Its main audience is adults, though. And not just any adults, but those in the mood for venturesome fare that's both surreal and hilarious.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A glistening gem among caper movies, this impeccably elegant jewel-heist drama takes its title from Buddhist lore, its cast from France's great gallery of leading men, and its style from the unique blend of cinematic savoir-faire and brooding existential angst.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Doesn't make it a masterpiece, but it's fun. [2002 re-release]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 63 David Sterritt
    Parts of the film are flatly directed...It certainly keeps the audience guessing, though, and few movies explode so many stereotypes. [31 Dec 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story raises hard moral questions relating to the relative value of human lives and the overwhelming debt that may be felt by those who benefit when others sacrifice. But the movie falls short of excellence because it doesn't so much explore these issues as finesse them in an action-filled climax.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Episodic and uneven, but it has moments of great emotional power.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stands with the greatest science-fiction movies ever made.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This poetic and compassionate drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan combines the intricate structure of his earlier movies with an emotional power that raises his remarkable career to a whole new level.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It takes time to grow accustomed to the docu- drama's stylized approach, influenced by Bertolt Brecht and Jean-Luc Godard. But this nearly six-hour movie is generous with time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Brilliantly acted, sumptuously filmed, and overflowing with mellifluous music.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    (Jonze and Kaufman's) work is so bold, funny, and original that it's hard to believe they aren't wide-screen veterans.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    All told, he's (Linklater) one of today's most versatile American filmmakers, and Before Sunset finds his light shining as brightly as ever.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Sharper and smarter than any animation since "Shrek 2," making it one of the season's supermovies.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Fugit gives a starmaking performance as the teenage reporter, and Crudup and Lee are excellent as the band's lead guitarist and singer, respectively.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Filmed and acted to near perfection, it's one of the year's most innovative and exciting pictures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This territory is familiar if you remember the great BBC miniseries "Upstairs Downstairs," but Altman gives it a new twist with his restlessly roaming camera and incisively satirical approach. He's still near the peak of his powers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Weir's offbeat directing makes the most of Andrew Niccol's inventive screenplay, which includes large doses of surprisingly sardonic satire aimed at today's entertainment trends.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A compulsively watchable movie that's also a provocative inquiry into the ability of the criminal-justice system to determine culpability and truth.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart, funny, and splendidly acted.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is epic filmmaking on a profoundly human scale, directed to perfection and magnificently acted by everyone in sight.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The film's approach is highly instructive, deeply moving, and geared to deploring the racism that breeds violence rather than reactivating old hatreds.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's great, fantastical fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Although the action tends to become melodramatic and even overwrought at times, the imaginative power of Campion's images and emotional insights (especially with regard to the heroin) rarely allow the story to seem artificial or exaggerated. [12 Nov 1993]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stunningly acted. [21 September 1990, The Arts, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A complicated story that demands your full attention; Mr. Gondry unfolds it at a mind-bending pace. This alone makes it a hugely refreshing respite from ordinary multiplex fare.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 38 David Sterritt
    As before, the movie is more impressive for its finely detailed vision of Los Angeles as a futuristic slum than for its story, acting, or message. It's all downhill after the first few eye-dazzling minutes. [2 Oct 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This pungently filmed 1947 melodrama doesn't rank with Clouzot classics like "Diabolique" and "The Wages of Fear," but it's full of hard-boiled charm and has a musical score that adds extra dimensions to its impact.

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