David Stratton

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For 98 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 71% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 24% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 8.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Stratton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Facing the Music
Lowest review score: 20 Lies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 74 out of 98
  2. Negative: 3 out of 98
98 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Liv Ullmann, directing her second Bergman screenplay (after 1997’s “Private Confessions”), extracts every nuance from the tantalizing material.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 David Stratton
    Has nothing much to say.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A funny and original film set in a future when communications are even more refined than they are now.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Stratton
    Filmmaker Hartmut Bitomsky needs nothing more than the cold facts surrounding this awesome weapon to get across a message about the importance of peace.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Utterly fascinating, playfully probing mystery story.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Stratton
    Amiable rather than genuinely funny.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Stratton
    Fails on a number of counts, mostly because the individual stories aren't very gripping.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 David Stratton
    It's too arty to cut it as a violent action pic and too gore-spattered to appeal to the arthouse crowd.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    An intelligent and extremely well-made romantic drama that tells an intriguing story with economy and insight.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    The Piano confirms Campion as a major talent, an uncompromising filmmaker with a very personal and specific vision.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Stratton
    A film with a terrifically engaging concept that overstays its welcome by quite a stretch.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 David Stratton
    On just about every level -- as a thriller, as a romance and as a character study of a complicated man nearing the end of his professional life -- the film fails, and the meandering, sub-Cassavetes approach is likely to be a turnoff for all but the most indulgent viewers.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 David Stratton
    This potentially intriguing story winds up being dull and at times faintly silly.
    • 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.

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