David Sterritt

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For 2,012 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 2.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Les convoyeurs attendent
Lowest review score: 0 The Wedding Planner
Score distribution:
2012 movie reviews
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    More concerned with quickening our pulses than broadening our minds.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The most original and amusing animation in recent memory. Kids will love its fantasy and adventure, and grownups should appreciate its whimsical humor.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    At its best, this "Shrek" sequel draws up a brilliant new blueprint for all-ages animation, blending fairy-tale whimsy with edgy social satire. Too bad it ends with worn-out homilies far less imaginative than the story as a whole.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Ingeniously crafted with flashes of intelligence, if not very memorable.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    The best is "Equilibrium" by Soderbergh, about a man being analyzed by a distracted shrink.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Gary Sinise is chilling as the villain, and the screenplay by Richard Price and Alexander Ignon shows some interest in class hostility and other social issues, although this doesn't extend far enough to allow the women of the story a chance to shine in their male-dominated surroundings.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The facts of this true-life story are highly dramatic, and they'd have much more power without the sappy sentimentality Beresford needlessly adds to the movie.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    What really hurts is the movie's shallow screenwriting, self-indulgent acting, and woozy camerawork.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The first Revenge of the Nerds was a pretty stupid movie. But it was partly redeemed by its genuine affection for the nerds themselves - it made us like them a lot, and you couldn't help feeling good when they came out on top. Nerds in Paradise is also a stupid movie, with more than its share of cheap vulgarity, and it doesn't do so well at making the heroes really lovable.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Not a great movie, but a valuable and revealing document.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The real subject, though, is how globalization fosters a homogeneous, "same-old-stuff" conformity that molds almost everything on the planet into an ever-shrinking number of shapes, sizes, and varieties.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Everyone raves about this 1957 film -- and everyone's right.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    If you want a movie time trip, the 1960 version is a far smoother ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Hammers home its tragicomic points too heavily for either its humorous or dramatic aspects to gather much emotional steam.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Along with some creaky plot mechanics in the last third of the story, this reduces the film to ordinary dimensions - a sharp but no longer resonant show.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The most refreshing aspect of Red Dragon is its reliance on old-fashioned acting instead of computer-aided gizmos. Hopkins overdoes his role at times -- his vocal tones are almost campy -- but his piercing eyes are as menacing as ever, and Ralph Fiennes is scarily good as his fellow lunatic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The movie makes up in sincerity and goodwill what it lacks in originality and style.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Timely, pointed messages about oppression and opportunity come poignantly through in strongly dramatic terms.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    Tennant's featherweight comedy is clearly pitched at the date-movie crowd, and couples may enjoy it if they can get past the picture's simplistic ethnic stereotypes and its willingness to wish away every real-life family problem the characters will surely face after the feel-good finale.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's refreshing to see a cartoon that looks like a cartoon -- and a lovingly drawn one -- rather than a conglomeration of computer-generated bits and bytes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Extremely goodhearted, if not exactly original or exciting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    An absorbing new spin on the ingenious "Rear Window" concept, with poignant comments on aging in modern society.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 67 David Sterritt
    The tale doesn't always seem sure where it's going, and for once in his career, Leigh doesn't always appear to have a firm grasp on his project.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 David Sterritt
    The suspense sequences are straight from the standard Hollywood blueprint, and the movie as a whole is so sloppily assembled that it's almost incoherent at times.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This drama has won an armload of international prizes, including multiple honors in Spain's equivalent of the Oscar race, marking Mañas as a director with a bright future.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Chalk this razzle-dazzle chase picture up as effective Friday-night entertainment, not the heart-stirring romantic thriller it might have been. That's the real truth about "Charlie."
    • 32 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Alex & Emma isn't nearly as clever as Reiner's classic "Misery," a very different look at a male writer and his female companion. But it's diverting fun.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The movie starts with insights about the need for more humane values in health care, then buries them under an avalanche of frivolities, vulgarities, and clichés.

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