David Sterritt

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For 2,022 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
2022 movie reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Every single frame of this film is as cute, slick, and snappy as the adorable little mice who end the movie with a gag right out of "Babe: Pig in the City."
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Excellent acting and a finely tuned screenplay spark this genuinely offbeat melodrama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Stoner jokes, awful gags, and just stupid stuff equate to one bad movie.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Unabashed "Star Wars" clone.
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The movie doesn't reach any deep insights, but its mixture of psychology, philosophy, and realpolitik is downright riveting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting is uneven, but Huston's performance gains eerie intensity as the tale moves from sensationalistic melodrama to humanistic tragedy.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Moderately amusing sequel, which is best when it relies on dead-pan acting by the stars, worst when it drags in summer-movie stupidities like an incessantly talking dog.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    For a movie about people with hugely complicated inner lives, this sadly unconvincing drama stays resolutely on the surface, rarely hinting at anything like an insight or idea.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Some will dislike its shaggy-dog screenplay and restless camera work, and others may find its finale too postfeminist for comfort.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Plays like a warmed-over "Last Tango in Paris," with more explicit sex but a lower level of originality and acting skill.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Burton is an imaginative director with a distinctive artistic vision, but his originality is nowhere to be seen in this by-the-numbers retread.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    In short, this movie is exactly the kind of starry-eyed escapist fantasy that Dr. Powell suspects Prot of having. It's harmless enough, since we can be cured just by leaving the theater.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Desplechin wants to film an adventure of the human spirit in the manner of a Hitchcockian drama, but he doesn't have a solid enough grasp of English culture to equal the complexity of his French productions like "The Sentinel" and "The Life of the Dead."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting is amiable and the story is crisply told.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Has moments of real visual creativity.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    CQ
    Coppola's satirical debut movie is too ambitious for its own good. The cast is good, though, and ambition isn't the worst fault a fledgling filmmaker can have.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The picture is equally long on eye-dazzling camera work and New Age sentimentality.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Action freaks may enjoy the chasing and chomping, but there's no hint of human interest or moviemaking imagination.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    While this slightly edgy comedy has moments of offbeat charm, it would carry more conviction if the acting were richer and the characters focused on more sophisticated attitudes and ambitions.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Khouri's new picture takes all this talent and turns it into the kind of manipulative mush that Hollywood used to market under the condescending label "woman's picture" years ago.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The drawn-out, lowbrow humor is either "love it" or "hate it," so it may not be your bag, baby.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The plot is a shameless plea for vigilante violence, and the dignity of the black hero is outweighed by the ethnically marked evil of his Hispanic antagonist. Beneath its crisp veneer, much of the movie is a high-energy hymn to hate.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Its ethical and intellectual insights wane when the love story kicks in, weakening what might have been a much deeper movie. Still, its performances are wonderful to watch.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Rodriguez's acting almost scores a knockout even though the movie's directing and dialogue are fairly routine.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    One of the season's most watchable treats.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The story's emphasis is on action, but there are some sensitive moments and interesting ideas along the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Despite his fascinating subject and an impressive cast -- Sayles lets his story drift in too many directions, as if he'd lost his Florida road map somewhere along the way during his travels.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Overacted, overdirected, and overcooked in the usual Tornatore manner, but sheer energy and enthusiasm keep it watchable and listenable most of the way through.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The story isn't nearly as funny or suspenseful as it would like to be, although the solid cast gives it occasional dashes of pizazz.

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