David Stratton
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For 93 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 74% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 21% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 12.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Stratton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Calle 54
Lowest review score: 20 Lies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 93
  2. Negative: 3 out of 93
93 movie reviews
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Visually inventive and refreshingly witty, pic provides an insider's look at the contempo Sydney music scene and showcases a smart young cast.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Cheekily diverting, decidedly feel-good, tremendously sexy entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    It succeeds emotionally in the cause of what seems to be its primary aim, to advance an attitudinal change in Australians not normally sympathetic to the aboriginal cause.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Powered by two eye-catching performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Made with deft evenhandedness, Paul Devlin's accomplished film plays almost like a fictional drama, containing suspense, comedy and some colorful characters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Fluid camerawork, a resonant music score and tightly wound editing combine to produce a superior suspense film with a conclusion that is somewhat reminiscent of the final acts of Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and of Joseph Losey's "The Criminal."
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    It certainly wraps the trilogy on a very powerful, emotionally draining note. It's refreshing to see the precision and audacity with which Belvaux and his excellent cast succeed in imbuing the increasingly familiar story with completely new angles, insights and nuances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    This poignant film about an Israeli family rendered dysfunctional by the sudden death of the husband and father is a strongly emotional experience despite its tendency toward cryptic dramatics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    An impressively staged, dark-toned revisiting of the life and times of Australia's boldest and most charismatic outlaw.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Intriguing, provocative and very well acted.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Though billed as a documentary, The Five Obstructions doesn't easily fall into any category. Perhaps it's best described as a game, in which a pair of Danish film directors from different generations spar with one another in a highly civilized, and surprisingly entertaining, fashion.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A tremendous, stellar cast is mostly confined to minor roles, but all shine under Allen's assured direction.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A gentle, sad and at times funny film in the best French tradition of high-quality cinema.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A little gem that takes a potentially grim subject and mines it for maximum humor and insight.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Brimming with almost too many ideas for its 99-minute running time, Duncan's film boasts a strong cast of top actors who flesh out a group of bizarre yet recognizable characters involved in the political scene from the '50s to the present day.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Within the confines of this tried-and-true formula, Luhrmann has concocted a feel-good entertainment, which is lively, original (in an old-fashioned sort of way) and charming.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A cheerfully vulgar and bitchy, but essentially warmhearted, road movie with a difference, which boasts an amazing star turn by Terence Stamp as a transsexual, Stephan Elliott's second feature is a lot of fun.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    It is at first daunting but ultimately awesomely impressive and beautiful.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Though long-winded and discursive, the professionally assembled material is of immense interest and importance in reminding the viewer of the threat to world peace posed by the continuing posturing on the subcontinent.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Technically, this is Jackson's best to date, with state of the art creature and gore effects by Richard Taylor and prosthetics design by Bob McCarron. There's any amount of dismemberment, disembowelling, beheading, and the like, all of it handled with bloody conviction.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Music has always played a vital role in the films of Tony Gatlif, and in Vengo it finally threatens to take over, submerging the frail, familiar vendetta plotline.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Despite fine performances and the care lavished on the production, Amen. is never as emotionally powerful as it should be.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    The younger casting brings a freshness to the material and, with Allen as the weird mentor, there are plenty of laughs, even if the pacing's slow and the running time over-extended.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    With a glowing performance by Sarah Polley as the doomed woman, this Spanish-Canadian co-prod, filmed in English, is surprisingly adept at avoiding the worst cliches and most manipulative elements inherent in such a story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Not exactly a police corruption thriller, the film is more a study of innocence betrayed, though its insights into Argentine law enforcement are pretty scary.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    The briefest of the three pics, it's also the least successful, suggesting that this kind of character-driven comedy isn't the genre with which Belvaux is most comfortable. Still, there are delightful sequences and ideas and the film carries a great deal more substance and resonance when placed alongside the other two in the series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Haroun's film is both touching and, ultimately, almost perversely optimistic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Too often goes off on a tangent with unessential anecdotes and then fails to deliver in more important areas.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Full of charm, entertaining enough as it unfolds, good looking, but not especially memorable in retrospect.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Shot on location in subdued colors, Twist offers much less hope for its troubled characters than Dickens did. Its very downbeat vision may turn off auds, which is a pity because the film has a great many qualities, not least the admirable performances of Stahl, Close and Pelletier.

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