David Gritten

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For 22 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 68% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 28% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 10.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Gritten's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 From Here to Eternity
Lowest review score: 40 Diana
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
22 movie reviews
    • 59 Metascore
    • 100 David Gritten
    The Banishment may lack the surprise factor of The Return but it's more mature and less wedded to virtuosic technique.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Gritten
    Incendies is no one’s idea of a joyful ride, but it’s a remarkable work, and its complex story etches itself on the memory.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Gritten
    That it largely succeeds says much for writer-director Turturro’s sly, subtle skills.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Particle Fever offers enough broad explanation to keep lay persons up to speed. Where it excels is in depicting the various personalities involved.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    It’s sweet-natured and amusing, with a story to captivate kids; yet the script has enough witty touches to keep adults laughing too.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    With the magnificent Elba to anchor it, the film gradually achieves a sort of grandeur, in the manner of the hero it depicts.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    It’s Thompson as the heroically unbiddable Travers who makes the most of it; her bravura performance effectively dominates the film.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Junger’s film is a decent, heartfelt tribute.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Gritten
    Their fans will love the efficient, well-shot concert scenes: but its woeful parallel story suggests bands like Metallica are rarely more than one remove from Spinal Tap.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 David Gritten
    There are those who find Žižek a delight; but well before the two-hour mark, one feels he has delighted us long enough.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Captain Phillips is a triumph of solid, professional and sometimes inspired film crafts, deserving of all the plaudits that come its way.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Wiese’s film is an efficient piece of work, competent as a film but blistering as an example of human rights advocacy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Sophisticated, sharp and funny, Le Week-End achieves an unusual coup: it’s a film about two older characters that is neither deeply gloomy (like, say, Amour) nor twinkly and cheerily upbeat.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 David Gritten
    It’s hardly fascinating. It doesn’t offer new facts about the Princess’s life. And it certainly doesn’t explain her complexity or contradictions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Rush has sex, glamour, a fair degree of wit and a breathless, pedal-to-the-metal spirit. But its greatest achievement may be to underline that there are real men, all vulnerable flesh and blood, inside those infernal machines.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Gritten
    Lovelace tells a difficult story creditably, yet its period detail has the effect of distancing the story, and its heroine remains an enigma.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Gritten
    It’s an underrated classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Gritten
    There’s a coldness in Schrader’s calculations, and disturbingly he seems to swallow the entire myth of Mishima, an extreme right-wing nutjob who wanted to return Japan to samurai values. Philip Glass’s score, however, still takes the breath away.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Gritten
    Inkheart is cheerful and amiable, and in the absence of a Harry Potter film this winter, it fills a gap neatly.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Gritten
    It is now regarded as one of the finest war dramas ever to be made in Hollywood. And that beach scene with Lancaster and Kerr is iconic in movie history. Not bad for a film originally dismissed as a “folly”.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Gritten
    Perhaps the best (and certainly the most realistic and violent) of the great 1930s gangster films, with Paul Muni as an Al Capone surrogate. Directed by Howard Hawks at a flat-out pace, with thrilling shoot-outs and intriguing if depraved characters. [18 Jun 2013]
    • The Telegraph
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Gritten
    Small-town America is portrayed with gentle, affectionate humour.

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