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 12.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Stratton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Facing the Music
Lowest review score: 20 Lies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 93
  2. Negative: 3 out of 93
93 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Eye-grabbing performances from Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, who portray celebrated British cellist Jacqueline Du Pre and her older sister, Hilary, distinguish this ambitious but flawed biography.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    This well researched, detailed examination of the life and work of the legendary avant-garde filmmaker, writer and dancer, Maya Deren, should provoke renewed interest in her -- she emerges as a beautiful, willful, wayward talent with an exceptional vision and a great love for life and for the avant-garde world.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A gentle, sad and at times funny film in the best French tradition of high-quality cinema.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Powered by two eye-catching performances.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Cheekily diverting, decidedly feel-good, tremendously sexy entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    This is unquestionably Cronenberg Lite, but there is plenty of fun to be had from the absurdities and convoluted plotting, and a solid cast lends stature to the far-fetched fantasies.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A little gem that takes a potentially grim subject and mines it for maximum humor and insight.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A tremendous, stellar cast is mostly confined to minor roles, but all shine under Allen's assured direction.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    An impressively staged, dark-toned revisiting of the life and times of Australia's boldest and most charismatic outlaw.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Intriguing, provocative and very well acted.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Although writer-director Khientse Norbu breaks no ground in unfolding two parallel stories about young men seeking fresh horizons, he creates believable characters -- and has the great benefit of living in a country that provides seldom-seen locations at the top of the world.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Distinguished by some unusually fine performances, but the lack of a satisfactory third act diminishes overall result.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    The punishment seems out of all proportion to the "crimes" committed, so that the film becomes no simplistic pro-feminist tract but is, on the contrary, more complex and disturbing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    The film belongs to Eden, who creates a winning personality out of a combination of vulnerability, resourcefulness, toughness and fragility. It's an outstanding juvenile performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    A visually lush and very Westernized vision of life in a remote Chinese village in the early 1970s.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Evil is not, as the title would suggest, a horror film, at least not a conventional one. Based on the autobiographical novel by Jan Guillou and set in the mid-1950s, the film relates the experiences of a troubled young man who's enrolled into a hidebound private school.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Full of charm, entertaining enough as it unfolds, good looking, but not especially memorable in retrospect.
    • 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.