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 The Hours
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1985 movie reviews
    • 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
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Piccoli gives one of the most nuanced performances of his distinguished career, but the primary star of the movie is de Oliveira, who unfolds the story with unfailing skill and sensitivity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Directed by newcomer Todd Field, who has a sensitive eye and a knack for storytelling.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Ten
    Iran's greatest filmmaker is fond of stripping personalities bare through conversations they have while riding in cars. Here he pushes his favorite dramatic device to its limit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 David Sterritt
    Back to the Future doesn't exactly leap out of the starting gate, and some scenes are strung out by gimmicky editing. But the story picks up steam as it goes along, and the last third is especially full of speedy surprises. [3 July 1985, p.23]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's a picture marked by competence, not the boiling-over intensity that Frears and Thompson fans have anticipated. [30 Nov 1990]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Unexpectedly subtle cinematic style.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The picture's thoughtfulness and ambition make it unusually suspenseful, gripping, and disturbing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    One of Almodóvar's most challenging pictures, jumping around in time and sending a large gallery of characters through a wide variety of situations -- will find him again at the peak of his powers.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Smart, funny, stimulating.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Loach has made more memorable films, such as "Raining Stones" and "Ladybird Ladybird," but his dramatic sense remains strong and his social conscience is absolutely unstoppable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    The film should captivate anyone with a taste for bold cinematics, unpredictable storytelling, and pitch-black humor aimed at the worthiest of targets: a self-involved and self-congratulatory, industry that often gives lip service to art while worshipping the bottom line. [10 Apr 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It combines a fresh and exciting style with stunning performances and that rarity in current film, a deeply humanistic story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 63 David Sterritt
    This is Hollywood's most mature treatment of the '50s-nostalgia theme so far, and the most accurate.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    A ruthless dissection of suburban malaise.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Politics and humanism find an engrossing balance in this ambitious drama based on the life of Reinaldo Arenas, a gay Cuban poet who was persecuted by the homophobic Castro regime.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Wittily written and deliciously acted, Lonergan's debut film is a clear cut above the average.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Has a sense of emotional urgency and deep-dwelling grief.
    • 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
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The story gains most of its dramatic impact from superbly understated acting and Christopher Doyle's atmospheric camera work.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superb acting and authentic details energize this rare Iran/Iraq coproduction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The rock scene hasn't been the same since this hilarious 1984 comedy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kim's movie conjures a sense of spiritual discipline as suspenseful as it is stunning to watch and exhilarating to contemplate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Full of bright colors, offbeat people, tuneful sounds.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Results are illuminating, harrowing, and riveting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie is a portrait, not a polemic -- but I can't imagine an attentive viewer leaving Love & Diane without increased understanding and concern with regard to inner-city life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Nicholson makes the movie so poignant that it's hard to resist, but I wonder if Payne and Taylor are rejecting the skeptical attitudes of their other films to become more popular, hoping a softer emotional tone will help this picture win the Oscars that have eluded their more tough-minded works.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A walloping entertainment, brimming with the magic-realist action that made Ang Lee's somewhat similar "Couching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" a hit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Cameron's imaginative directing and screen-shaking performance give this rock musical plenty of oomph.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.

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