David Sterritt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) "The film rarely gets past familiar gimmicks of the cartoon-adventure genre, and the animation isn't very inspired. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2014
54% The Doors (1991) "The movie is weighed down by its enchantment with the mythology, as opposed to the reality, of Morrison's life -- a mythology that needs to be explored, not simply reproduced on the wide screen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) "The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 4, 2014
81% My Own Private Idaho (1991) "Written and directed by Gus Van Sant, who mingles tremendous visual imagination with a leaning toward off-the-wall situations and sometimes raunchy images. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
91% Diner (1982) "With so much going for it, then, why doesn't 'Diner' emerge as a major statement? Mostly because of the recurring weakness of its screenplay. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) "The characters are engaging, but the story is hackneyed and the filmmaking is dull. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) "It's a movie of astonishing power and bold originality, marked by poignant humor and a stream of transcendent song that tempers the frequent harshness of the story. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) "Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film is an imaginative piece of filmmaking and an evocative essay on contemporary Hong Kong as it prepares for a return to Chinese rule. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 28, 2014
66% The Rock (1996) "The filmmakers got suckered by their own high-tech effects, turning a potentially clever entertainment into yet another barrage of violence, vulgarity, and excess. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 27, 2014
4/4 97% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) "This is as challenging as movies come, alluding to everything from philosopher Thomas Hobbes to the history of Western music. But compared with Tarr's legendary Sátantángo... it's almost a quickie. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 21, 2014
4/4 89% A Moment of Innocence (1999) "Touching, funny, and totally original. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
76% Licence To Kill (1989) "As unlikely as it seems, Mr. Dalton actually appears to be growing in the Bond role, which is potentially stifling because its own popularity has so rigidly defined it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
39% Days of Thunder (1990) "Days of Thunder wants to be an action drama, but it's really just a star vehicle of the most rudimentary sort, with nothing to offer Cruise except a chance to look pretty and chant time-tested punchlines. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
10% Hardly Working "It's a bumpy movie, no more graceful than its buffoonish main character. Worse, the star tries to have it two ways, alternating between manic physical comedy and softspoken self-pity. The result if often awkward, and sometimes downright weird. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
46% The Babe (1992) "Goodman was born to play this role, but John Fusco was not born to write this screenplay, and Arthur Hiller was not born to direct this movie. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 9, 2014
87% Field of Dreams (1989) "Directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who treats the fantastic story with admirable conviction but allows the action to become so sugary that it's hard to swallow after a while. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 6, 2014
100% Stalker (1979) "Directed by Soviet filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky with the same unearthly visual style, and the same mingled concern with technology and psychology, that he showed in his towering 'Solaris' a few years ago. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 6, 2014
86% The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) "The action isn't as consistently funny or surprising this time, but there's a lot of laughter to be found between the merely crude moments. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 6, 2014
21% Magic in the Water (1995) "[A] mildly entertaining fantasy. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 5, 2014
15% Rhinestone (1984) "A country singer wagers that she can teach her trade to a New York cabbie, with predictable results. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 5, 2014
12% Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) "Fortunately, the regular Superman performers all do their jobs well. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 5, 2014
4% Wired (1989) "The picture certainly succeeds at reproducing Belushi's manic energy and wired-up sensibility. But it fails to give any meaningful insights into a couple of issues that must be dealt with if his biography is to have any enduring value. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 4, 2014
4% Cool World (1992) "It has a walloping visual style, though, returning filmmaker Ralph Bakshi to top form. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 4, 2014
7% Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) "Most of the picture is so hilariously Hollywooden that nobody could mistake it for real history. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 3, 2014
23% A Stranger Among Us (1992) "It's a great-looking picture, photographed in glowing tones by Andrzej Bartkowiak, a regular collaborator on Lumet's films. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 3, 2014
81% A Few Good Men (1992) "It's a very watchable picture, with plenty of drama and some good laughs. But you can't forget for a moment that Reiner is taking your emotions on a carefully guided tour. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 30, 2014
85% My Cousin Vinny (1992) "Joe Pesci has more energy than charm in the title role, but the supporting cast has some terrific moments, and the comedy supplies a fair number of laughs before running completely out of steam. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 30, 2014
2/4 86% Heat (1995) "The performances are persuasive but the plot rattles on much too long. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 29, 2014
59% Disclosure (1994) "On the level of pure craft, Disclosure is first-rate in every department. Levinson's directing is cogent and colorful, and cinematography by camera wizard Tony Pierce-Roberts is dazzling. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 25, 2014
50% Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) "It's a slick and sassy attempt to get mileage from a dependable vehicle by wrapping it in as many sure-fire gimmicks as the filmmakers can cram onto the screen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 25, 2014
82% The Devil Probably (Le diable probablement) (1977) "The resonant, purposefully ambiguous story is filmed with razor-sharp clarity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 25, 2014
80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) "A minor summertime diversion that could have been much more. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 23, 2014
89% Once Upon a Time in America (1984) "Sergio Leone explores the seamiest byways of urban Americana through the story of two gangsters who start their partnership as Brooklyn kids in 1921 and tragically end it in the late '60s. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 22, 2014
94% Fargo (1996) "Returning to the horror-comic vein that launched their careers, director Joel Coen and producer Ethan Coen pepper their new picture with so much humor that the occasional bursts of sheer mayhem seem more ridiculous than revolting. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 21, 2014
89% Amélie (2001) "It's not the deepest movie of the season, but it has sprightly performances and cinematic style to spare. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 9, 2014
87% Romancing the Stone (1984) "The filmmakers have devised some clever twists on the earlier films they recall, and they reserve a good share of the derring-do for their heroine, who's a refreshingly far cry from the helpless ladies-in-distress of old. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 4, 2014
56% Legends of the Fall (1994) "While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 2, 2014
50% D.A.R.Y.L. (1985) "A very sweet, very good-natured, very silly film. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 2, 2014
70% TRON (1982) "Dazzling but lightweight. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 2, 2014
57% Short Circuit (1986) "No movie with Austin Pendleton can be all bad, but this one makes a game try. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 2, 2014
76% White Men Can't Jump (1992) "Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson give lively performances as the heroes, who relate better to basketballs than to women or the business world. The movie doesn't add up to very much, though. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 2, 2014
43% Electric Dreams (1984) "Electric Dreams tries to be as up to the minute as the latest rock video. But it looks more like a tired holdover from the ''psychedelic'' 1960s. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 1, 2014
3/4 79% Seven (Se7en) (1995) "Although the story isn't original, it's powerfully directed by David Fincher, and Morgan Freeman gives another of his superbly understated performances. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 25, 2014
4/4 89% Rushmore (1998) "Anderson fulfills the promise of his inventive Bottle Rocket with this quirky, often hilarious comedy, and Murray gives his most uproarious performance since the groundbreaking Groundhog Day. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 17, 2014
3/4 80% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) "Anderson's cinematic style gets more adventurous from one movie to the next. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3/4 85% Bottle Rocket (1996) "This deliciously offbeat comedy gets much of its oomph from a loopy screenplay and lead performances that can only be called hilariously bland, or is it blandly hilarious? " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 4, 2014
3/4 75% Wisconsin Death Trip (1999) "Required viewing for anyone who thinks the modern media created the social ills that accost us so frequently today. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 3, 2014
94% In the Name of the Father (1993) "Day-Lewis outdoes his acclaimed performance in My Left Foot, making Gerry a character of palpable realness and complexity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 28, 2014
84% Chariots of Fire (1981) "Vigorous but rather scattered. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 25, 2014
88% Platoon (1986) "Oliver Stone tries ambitiously to capture the full horror and frenzy of combat in Southeast Asia, but his technical skill outstrips his insight. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 24, 2014
2/4 78% Braveheart (1995) "The screenplay says repeatedly that thinking is more important than fighting, yet problems are always met with muscle-power in the movie, which wallows in violence and vengeance every chance it gets. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 24, 2014
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