David Stratton

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For 103 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 8.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Stratton's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Calle 54
Lowest review score: 20 Lies
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 103
  2. Negative: 3 out of 103
103 movie reviews
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    The younger casting brings a freshness to the material and, with Allen as the weird mentor, there are plenty of laughs, even if the pacing's slow and the running time over-extended.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Eternity and a Day finds Angelopoulos refining his themes and style. Just as other great filmmakers have in the past explored similar themes time and again, so Angelopoulos has evolved and come up with one of his most lucid and emotional journeys thus far.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    Develops into a powerfully emotional experience thanks to a career-best performance by Toni Collette.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 50 David Stratton
    Punches the expected buttons without being entirely convincing.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Stratton
    Melds an insightful observational style with some rather clunky satire and the resulting mix is uneven at best.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    An exceedingly sleek and handsome thriller, this ambitious European co-production, like the novel on which it's quite faithfully based, starts intriguingly but fails to stay the distance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Stratton
    Might spark controversy in mainland China, not only because it deals with a homosexual relationship between a member of the Chinese establishment and a peasant, but also because it touches on events such as the 1989 massacre in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. However, pic is unlikely to raise eyebrows anywhere else.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Powered by two eye-catching performances.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    Made with deft evenhandedness, Paul Devlin's accomplished film plays almost like a fictional drama, containing suspense, comedy and some colorful characters.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Too often goes off on a tangent with unessential anecdotes and then fails to deliver in more important areas.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Shot on location in subdued colors, Twist offers much less hope for its troubled characters than Dickens did. Its very downbeat vision may turn off auds, which is a pity because the film has a great many qualities, not least the admirable performances of Stahl, Close and Pelletier.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A little gem that takes a potentially grim subject and mines it for maximum humor and insight.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Stratton
    Distinguished by generally good performances and smart camerawork.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A funny and original film set in a future when communications are even more refined than they are now.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Stratton
    The Piano confirms Campion as a major talent, an uncompromising filmmaker with a very personal and specific vision.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    A visually lush and very Westernized vision of life in a remote Chinese village in the early 1970s.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Stratton
    Isn't only an outstanding documentary -- it's also a powerful personal drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Stratton
    Though Pieck is to be admired for the rigorousness in telling this chilling story (on what looks like a near zero budget), the film itself remains resolutely unlikable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    A deliciously sexy and hedonistic comedy of morals and manners, filmed amid some of Australia's most spectacular scenery. The blend of eroticism and humor, plus the formidable presence of supermodel Elle Macpherson, who is seen regularly in the buff in her featured role as an artist's model, will ensure wide interest in this engaging yarn from writer/director John Duigan.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 David Stratton
    Technically, this is Jackson's best to date, with state of the art creature and gore effects by Richard Taylor and prosthetics design by Bob McCarron. There's any amount of dismemberment, disembowelling, beheading, and the like, all of it handled with bloody conviction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Stratton
    It succeeds emotionally in the cause of what seems to be its primary aim, to advance an attitudinal change in Australians not normally sympathetic to the aboriginal cause.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Stratton
    Fails on a number of counts, mostly because the individual stories aren't very gripping.

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