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 3.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Yes Men
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
1985 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This remarkably clever, often hilarious animation derives much of its humor from its satirical view of the 1950s.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Much of the action seems more like warmed-over Quentin Tarantino than first-rate Steven Soderbergh.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    There's some sexually tinged humor and a bit of foul language, but most of the action is lightheaded fun. The picture also has a striking visual style - showing what a strong talent Almod'ovar can be when he focuses his energy on cinematic values, instead of dreaming up provocative stunts that put his work beyond the pale for many moviegoers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Weir had a truly magical touch in early films like this 1977 masterpiece, which offers a transfixing excursion into the "dream time" of Australian myth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Victimization of homosexuals during the Holocaust era has often been overlooked. Epstein and Friedman lucidly recount this woeful history, with help from Everett's articulate narration.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Suspenseful and ingeniously directed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Rarely does a movie combine so much genuine human drama with such vivid exemplifications of "identity politics" and other sociocultural issues.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Everything about this subtly directed drama enhances its pathos and humor, especially an astonishing performance by Gorintin, a 90-something woman only a few years into her acting career.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting documentary about the early California cable outlet and its ingenious programmer, Jerry Harvey, whose unsettled life and tragic death provide a dramatic framework for the account.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kaurismaki is Finland's greatest filmmaker, and never has he more artfully balanced his patented blend of deadpan humor, low-key melodrama, and toe-tapping music.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    While the movie is well acted and creative, its story and style are too self-consciously clever to build a high degree of emotional power.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cinema's greatest surrealist is at the peak of his powers in the last movie of his unparalleled career.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Some of the film's points are made a bit too heavily, but the subject is as timely as it is timeless, and many of the performances strike a pitch-perfect balance between parody and passion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Mood, atmosphere, and character are more important than story twists in this unassuming, acutely observant drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This kind of quiet ambiguity, avoiding easy answers to complex human conflicts, is all too rare in American movies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The visuals are amazingly realistic, filling the screen with authentic effects.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's hugely ambitious, with a sweeping range of character types, frequently shifting moods, stylistic flourishes of many kinds, and some mighty wry satire, aimed largely at the world of psychotherapy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Excellent acting, a stirring screenplay, and crisply intelligent directing make this fact-based movie a great human drama as well as a riveting and revealing look at crucially important social issues.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Charged with humanity and compassion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Noyce's movie pares away the novel's meditations on the futility of war and the importance of religion. It retains the book's thoughtful blending of psychological and moral issues.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Jane Austen's deeply ironic novel loses some of its bite but little of its beauty in Emma Thompson's screen adaptation, which is fetchingly photographed and capably acted by Kate Winslet and Hugh Grant, among others.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    From its star-studded cast to its indelible camerawork by the legendary Giuseppe Rotunno, it's an unforgettable experience by a revered master of European cinema.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The visual style is at once deliberately archaic and slyly postmodernist, slinky and sensuous from first frame to last.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    An amiable look at a bygone time and a set of ideas about the world that once held far more power and magic than it does today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This comedy-drama for children is made with more intelligence and imagination than many of the so-called art films that come our way, filling the screen with vivid images that ideally suit its fanciful plot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Finkiel's filmmaking is so careful and cautious that it becomes plodding at times. The theme is powerful, though, and the movie's sincerity overrides its heavy-handed tendencies.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Adaptation is sort of like the mythical Ourabouros mentioned in the screenplay -- the snake that eats its own tail -- or like a series of mirrors repeating their images to infinity.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Todd Solondz's movie begins like a suburban ugly-duckling tale with many comic overtones, but it grows darker as it goes along, evoking dangers that youngsters must be alert to in today's world - from drugs to child abuse - and showing how cruel children can be to one another when grownups aren't around.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    A fascinating account, if less urgently compelling than it might have been.

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