David Sterritt

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For 1,993 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Maria Full of Grace
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1993 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    From its restlessly moving camera work to its heartfelt acting by a splendid cast, "Azkaban" is a horror movie for mature kids.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    A riveting re-creation of three world-changing collapses: those of the Nazi party, of militarized Germany as a whole, and of the Führer who guided them into self-destructive ruin.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Watching Demme's documentary is both a crash course in the nation's tumultuous past and a provocative visit with one of its most colorful citizens.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Russell's stylish and imaginative filmmaking wages its own war against lunkheaded and sometimes offensive material.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Don't miss this harrowing movie if you're in the mood for adventure more thrilling than anything Hollywood has to offer these days.
    • 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
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Superbly acted, movingly written, and directed with a tough-minded lyricism rarely found in today's films. A summer movie to love.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The picture has enough assets to please moviegoers willing to put up with its many four-letter words and the bursts of violence that spring from nowhere at unexpected moments. [27 October 1995, Arts Film, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Enriched by allusions to biblical stories of fathers, sons, and sacrifices, subtly woven into the movie's moodily photographed fabric.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This grim Danish-Swedish production is socially revealing and artistically creative, both coldly realistic and infused with compassion for its heroine and her youth culture.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The acting is superb, the filmmaking is imaginative, and the story never goes quite where you expect.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Few American filmmakers put more faith in the ability of words to stimulate mind and heart.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Sensitive performances and intelligent storytelling keep the sometimes-violent tale involving from start to finish, marking a giant step for director Raimi, previously known for action stories and over-the-top fantasies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Efficiently and imaginatively directed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    There's a new visual idea every second, each teeming with energy, pitch-dark comedy, and inspired cinematic lunacy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The parody would be more memorable if it satirized a broader section of the folk-music scene instead of limiting itself to commercialized acts of the Kingston Trio and Peter, Paul & Mary ilk. But it is as accurate as it is funny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Made near the end of Buñuel's career, it's not his greatest movie, but it contains some of his most memorable moments.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Directed by Ulu Grosbard, who has never done a better job of filling the screen with superb acting, and shows great ingenuity at interweaving music with other aspects of the story.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Riveting, suspenseful, and a perfect antidote to the too-tricky documentary "Super-Size Me."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a rip-roaring adventure combining edge-of-your-seat battle scenes with vivid historical details and more fascinating characters than most action movies dream of. Add heartfelt acting and Russell Boyd's atmospheric camera work, and you have the adventure movie of the year.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Masina gives one of her most expressive performances.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Obviously a profoundly personal film, but it's also a smartly conducted tour through the world of building and design that Kahn towered over during the most successful phases of his career.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It reconfirms Marker as one of the most serious-minded and artistically gifted filmmakers in France, or anywhere else.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The movie's intentions are as serious and thoughtful as its content is timely and sometimes horrifying. For adventurous viewers only.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Kidman, Moore, and Streep do some of their best work, backed by a first-rank supporting cast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    If you can handle its horror-comic grotesquerie, you'll find an enormous amount of cinematic imagination at work.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 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.

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