David Sterritt

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For 2,193 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Sterritt's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Moolaadé
Lowest review score: 0 Half Baked
Score distribution:
2193 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 David Sterritt
    This latest movie adaptation sustains a consistent note of measured mirth. As in the novel, the romantic flippancies have a serious core because at stake is nothing less than the prospect of an enduring happiness.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The result is fine fantasy fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Debrauwer brings crisp conviction to what might have been an overly sentimental tale, filming it with a straightforward style and good-natured sincerity that ring consistently true.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The acting is solid, but the story builds less drama and suspense than its high-stakes subject might lead you to expect.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Ramis doesn't reach the comic heights of his "Groundhog Day," but the acting is excellent and the screenplay offers some hearty laughs if you can stand bursts of violence and language as foul as a Mafioso's business agenda.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    If moviegoers really thought about the violence, sexism, and materialism at the core of the series, the whole shebang might vanish overnight.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Far from a great film, but it certainly stretches the envelope.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Jeffs is an unusually gifted director, but her screenplay (based on Kirsty Gunn's novel) never quite gets a firm grip or a fresh perspective on its coming-of-age subject matter.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The movie has moments of breathtaking suspense, at least until it lapses into cartoonish implausibility in the second half. With good acting and good dialogue it might actually have been a good picture.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Often trite and predictable but grudgingly likable in the end.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    As a story, Wild at Heart is even less coherent than “Blue Velvet,'' to the point where whole characters and subplots disappear into a murky haze at the end. [17 Aug 1990, Arts, p.11]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    I must report that Reservoir Dogs has little of intelligence to say - except for a few implicit comments on the nature of loyalty and betrayal - and that it's violent to the ponit of sadism. [5 Oct 1992]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    The screenplay provides enough cute one-liners and love-struck speeches to give the comedy intermittent charm.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Davison gives one of his many bravura performances in this 1977 adaptation of Miguel Pinero's hard-hitting play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The picture has enough assets to please moviegoers willing to put up with its many four-letter words and the bursts of violence that spring from nowhere at unexpected moments. [27 October 1995, Arts Film, p.12]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Who would have guessed a documentary about Derrida, the great French philosopher of deconstruction and "différence," would be so entertaining?
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Funny dialogue, crisp black-and-white cinematography, and a well-chosen cast of mostly stage-trained actors raise this eccentric fantasy a notch above the ordinary.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Extravagant and funny it is, and also quite dark at times.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Loses its way in a crime-movie subplot and a less-than-believable love affair.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 88 David Sterritt
    The movie is artful to a fault, with too many characters sitting in perfectly arranged, immaculately lighted rooms and talking a lot. It contains near-classic sequences, though, and splendid performances. [28 Sept 1990]
    • Christian Science Monitor
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Weir had a truly magical touch in early films like this 1977 masterpiece, which offers a transfixing excursion into the "dream time" of Australian myth.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Allen has fun with all his roles -- The rest of the acting is bland, but the movie's preteen target audience won't mind, and adults will find occasional grown-up jokes to chuckle at.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    Quite funny and eye-catching.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    It's an impressive movie, pointing to Howard as a promising new director.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Hodges and screenwriter Paul Mayersberg fill the British production with Dostoevskian ironies, and Owen is perfect as the antihero.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    The acting is excellent and Penn reconfirms his remarkable talent for muted, understated filmmaking that focuses on character and dialogue rather than spectacle and sensationalism.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Sterritt
    Stillman brings his usual sharp wit to this exploration of upper-middle-class angst, completing the comic trilogy he began with "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona."
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 David Sterritt
    It's fun to watch for a while. But the movie runs much too long, and a few funny bits aside, most of the comedy writing is lame.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    Good acting and pungent dialogue.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 David Sterritt
    This unusual romantic drama is sensitively acted by a well-chosen cast and subtly directed by Cox.

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