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 Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
Lowest review score: 0 Head Over Heels
Score distribution:
1985 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Absorbing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    What distinguishes Girl With a Pearl Earring is its combination of refined filmmaking and Johansson's exquisitely understated acting. It partakes of Vermeer's spirit and style, and that makes it one of the year's best movies.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    In addition to its own merits as a social and cultural document, Broomfield's film continues the welcome trend of more and more nonfiction movies finding their way to theater screens and attracting wide general audiences.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    In the acting department, there's nobody on the current scene with more sheer talent --- or offbeat charisma -- than Philip Seymour Hoffman, in whose bearish body nestles the heart of a lithe and limber artist.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is epic filmmaking on a profoundly human scale, directed to perfection and magnificently acted by everyone in sight.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is a brilliant, if challenging, film.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Every shot plays a part in the director's underlying scheme - to probe the actual and symbolic roles of money in society, and grander yet, to explore the relationship between matters of the flesh and the human spirit, as manifested by the struggle between aspiration and corruption. [22 March 1984, p.21]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Not that Honda's original Godzilla is a message movie first and foremost. It's a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    All give heartfelt, unflashy performances that help make Shattered Glass one of the season's most thoughtful offerings.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Max
    Reveals a key aspect of fascism's cynical use of art and architecture to mesmerize a weak and vulnerable society.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The credo of Italy's fabled neorealist movement was that movies rooted in real, unadorned experience carry more dramatic impact than studio concoctions can dream of, and this 1952 masterpiece exemplifies that argument brilliantly.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Arguably the subtlest, most carefully textured film of Cronenberg's career.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Visually stunning animation.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Polanski's directing is marvelously assured and Depp is always fun to watch.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Cinema's greatest surrealist is at the peak of his powers in the last movie of his unparalleled career.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is the kind of movie that literate viewers pine for, laced with gracefulness and wit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's an ideal match, and Eastwood deserves accolades as both director and star of this powerfully made picture.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's all deliberately homemade and raggedy, and that's where its charm comes from, along with the delightful old-music score.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The director of "Rushmore" and "The Royal Tenenbaums" scores his most funny-sad movie to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Easily the best American film so far this year, Far From Heaven is close to perfect.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Technical virtuosity and entertainment ingenuity.
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Written and directed by a brilliant screen artist at the peak of his powers, it's an utterly original comedy-drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Spellbinding.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    This is moviemaking on the highest dramatic, psychological, and moral plane.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Episodic and uneven, but it has moments of great emotional power.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Moore makes no pretense of being "fair and balanced." He makes a passionate case for his own perspective, and invites us to agree with him or not. "I fulminate, you decide" could be his motto.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Required viewing for anyone interested in the struggle for American racial equality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's illuminating and nostalgic and for anyone who lined up for American movies in that bygone golden age.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The first feature-length movie from Bhutan tells its lighthearted story through smart performances, appealing images, and unfailing good humor.

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