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 Lantana
Lowest review score: 20 Lies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 93
  2. Negative: 3 out of 93
93 movie reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Stratton
    Isn't only an outstanding documentary -- it's also a powerful personal drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Stratton
    A wonderfully acted, acutely observed psychological drama.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Stratton
    Looks and sounds wonderful, and while more information about these giants of African-Latin music might have been welcome, the music's the thing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Despite the disappointing conclusion, it's hard not to be affected by the film, because of the director's frank approach to her subject and the sheer skill with which she tells her story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Delicately handled and superbly textured, this fine adaptation of Graham Swift's Booker Prize-winning novel deals with all the really big subjects: love, friendship, death, life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Watson is a major find as Bess. Graced with delicate, expressive features, she gives an extraordinary performance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Guediguian's seemingly sprawling but in fact quite precise picture takes a while to establish itself, but is eventually rewarding viewing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Pacing is on the button, and the film moves inexorably, without any flat moments, toward the suspenseful, if morally indefensible, finale.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    The Piano confirms Campion as a major talent, an uncompromising filmmaker with a very personal and specific vision.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    This intelligent, engaging indie sets out to find a few answers and in the process introduces a clutch of interesting, very human characters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    An entrancing ensemble piece, directed with calm assurance, acted by a fine ensemble, and structured and scripted with wit and precision.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Develops into a powerfully emotional experience thanks to a career-best performance by Toni Collette.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    An arthouse film par excellence, a consummately made study of loneliness and frustration.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Think of an Anthony Mann Western made by an experimental film director and you get an indication of the challenging components of The Tracker, the story of a manhunt that is politically sensitive because of its depiction of atrocities perpetrated on aboriginals by a fanatical white cop.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    A throughly researched and extremely informative survey of the life and work of one of the great figures of world cinema, Richard Schickel's Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin is a must for lovers of cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    The film is traditionally and effectively made; it also is superbly acted.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Exquisitely made love story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    A taut, suspenseful, linear approach, and a trio of excellent performances.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Colorful characters, richly evoked settings, epic story of friendship, crime and punishment, and a strong dose of good old-fashioned star power.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Liv Ullmann, directing her second Bergman screenplay (after 1997’s “Private Confessions”), extracts every nuance from the tantalizing material.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A funny and original film set in a future when communications are even more refined than they are now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Utterly fascinating, playfully probing mystery story.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Will connect with anyone who ever had a bad experience with a bank or finance company, and provides a satisfyingly loathsome character in Anthony LaPaglia's engaging protrayal of a corporate shark.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Grounded by a vigorous, physical performance from Choi Min-Sik, who brings both earthiness and grandeur to the central role, the film vividly evokes the world of an obsessive natural talent.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Hard-boiled entertainment in the Tarantino mold is leavened with a distinctively Aussie sense of humor in The Hard Word.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    This depiction of the trials and tribulations of a working-class Catholic family during the Depression is a far more intimate viewing experience than the similarly themed "Angela's Ashes."