David Sterritt

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Biography:
David Sterritt has been Film Critic of The Christian Science Monitor, an international daily newspaper, for more than 30 years. As a syndicated writer for the Monitor News Service he has contributed articles on film, theater, and music to The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other periodicals. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Film Comment, Cineaste, Variety, American Film, Stagebill, down beat, and other publications. His reviews were heard for many years on Monitor Radio, carried by Public Radio International, and he is a former film critic for All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Television appearances include ABC?s Nightline, the CBS Morning News, PBS?s Cinema, the Discovery Channel?s World Monitor, and programs on CNN, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, MSG Metro, and CNBC. He is Professor of Theater and Film at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University and a member of the Film Studies Faculty at Columbia University, and he has taught at New York University and the City University of New York. His collected Monitor film criticism is housed by invitation in the Harvard Film Archive at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University. He served for five years on the Selection Committee of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and is Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as a member of the National Society of Film Critics and other professional organizations. He lectures frequently at museums, universities, film festivals, libraries, cinema clubs, etc. His book "The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible" was published last year by Cambridge University Press, which published his book "The Films of Alfred Hitchcock" in 1993. He is also the author of "Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the '50s, and Film" (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) and the editor of "Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews" and "Robert Altman: Interviews," both from University Press of Mississippi. Other recent publications include "From Psychology to Spirit" in the anthology "Jean-Luc Godard?s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film" from Southern Illinois University Press; "Notes" in the anthology "Meredith Monk" from The Johns Hopkins University Press; essays in the Hitchcock Annual, the Austrian film magazine Blimp, the Columbia University magazine 21st C, the Long Island University journal Ventures in Research, the Canadian journal Mosaic, and (forthcoming) the American journals Wide Angle and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, as well as program essays for the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. He is currently coediting "Terry Gilliam: Interviews"
Publications:
Christian Science Monitor , Film Comment Magazine , Film Scouts , Senses of Cinema
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics, New York Film Critics Circle
Total Reviews:
1193
Location:
New York, NY

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1193
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) " Most moviegoers will leave buzzing about the climactic Battle of Helm's Deep. But in my eyes, this is Gollum's show more than anyone else's, even the special-effects wizards behind the scenes." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 19, 2013
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) " Oodles of technical talent are no substitute for plain old inspiration. Jackson has been working on the Rings project for years, and somewhere along the way his reverence for Tolkien appears to have intimidated his imagination." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2013
3/4 93% James and the Giant Peach (1996) " The fantasy is almost too inventive for its own good." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 18, 2013
80% The Neverending Story (1984) " Fantasies as hearty and original as this are rare at the movies." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 15, 2013
3/4 79% Office Space (1999) " The creator of Beavis and Butt- Head has made a laid-back, even subtle comedy that generally favors mischievous ironies over outlandish jokes." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 2, 2013
91% Nobody's Fool (1994) " Robert Benton has made Nobody's Fool, a return to the finely humanistic spirit that made his Places in the Heart and Kramer vs. Kramer' so popular." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 29, 2013
47% My Fellow Americans (1996) " Peter Segal's comedy has a few witty moments surrounded by a lot of silliness." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 22, 2013
89% Ginger Snaps (2001) " John Fawcett has directed "Ginger Snaps" with terrific flair, punctuating ominous moods with bursts of pitch-dark humor. " — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2013
3/4 92% The Devil's Backbone (El Espinazo del diablo) (2001) " This moody ghost story follows generally familiar lines despite its unusual historical setting, but it's imaginatively filmed and builds a sense of brooding emotional power." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2013
2/4 87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) " Its shaky camera work and fuzzy images get monotonous after a while, and there's not much room for character development within the very limited plot." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 5, 2013
85% Yaaba (1989) " It isn't a fancy or melodramatic film, and it moves rather slowly, especially if you compare it with hyperactive Hollywood pictures. But it glows with gentleness and charm" — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 12, 2013
88% Misery (1990) " Unfortunately, what could have been a seamless psychological thriller is interrupted by violence that's as gratuitous as it is sadistic." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 12, 2013
83% They Live (1988) " Too bad director John Carpenter doesn't match this tantalizing premise with snappy, thoughtful filmmaking; long stretches of the movie are trite and silly." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 6, 2013
3/4 97% Chicken Run (2000) " There are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon from the creator of England's hilarious Wallace and Gromit movies." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 4, 2013
2/4 93% Out of Sight (1998) " Much of the action seems more like warmed-over Quentin Tarantino than first-rate Steven Soderbergh." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 4, 2013
88% Trading Places (1983) " Directed by John Landis with a surprising amount of class, though he lets some of his old Animal House' vulgarity slip ostentatiously into the action." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 3, 2013
69% Cliffhanger (1993) " There's a visceral charge to the high-altitude chase scenes, but the thriller ultimately falls flat, even on its own limited terms." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 3, 2013
94% Dave (1993) " Kline gives a tremendously likable performance as the ersatz president, and Sigourney Weaver brings charm and elegance to the role of First Lady who's as ignorant of the switcheroo as the rest of the country." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 2, 2013
91% Face/Off (1997) " This is the ultimate Woo movie, but while his fans will enjoy every minute, others will find it too long, repetitive, and violent." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 2, 2013
96% Unforgiven (1992) " Unforgiven plays out its drama with enough old-fashioned sobriety to lend the proceedings a classical air... It also incorporates enough latter-day cynicism, though, to comply with contemporary Hollywood fashion." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 2, 2013
93% The Freshman (1990) " It's fun to watch Marlon Brando parody one of his most justly celebrated roles." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2013
85% The Secret Garden (1993) " An intelligently conceived and finely crafted picture with a G rating, a tag normally shunned by ambitious filmmakers because of its association with kiddie cartoons and squeaky-clean dullness." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2013
84% Back to School (1986) " The profoundly strange presence of Rodney Dangerfield triumphs over sloppy writing and lumpy editing in this sometimes raunchy farce." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2013
85% Presumed Innocent (1990) " The performances are capable, if rarely inspired." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
92% Parenthood (1989) " There are good jokes and funny observations about middle-class life. The picture is too long and predictable, though." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
90% The Lion King (2011) " Simba is a superbly realized character, especially in the first half of the movie when he's still a little cub." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) " The Last Crusade is a step backward for [Spielberg], but backwardness is an integral part of the Indy series right from its kiddie-matinee origins." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
3/4 89% The Bridges of Madison County (1995) " Still one of Hollywood's most assured directors, Clint Eastwood transcends the story's cliches with a classically restrained yet steadily imaginative filmmaking style." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
81% An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) " It's a straight-out drama in the old Hollywood style. As such, it works fairly well, though its lapses in taste are sour reminders of the subtlety Hollywood has lost in recent years." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
88% The Big Easy (1987) " [The film is] directed by offbeat filmmaker Jim McBride, who gives the action a lot of energy but falls back too often on the usual sex-and-violence formulas." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2013
93% A Fish Called Wanda (1988) " There are a few hilarious moments, and a few more that are foolish and even disgusting." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
95% Midnight Run (1988) " The pleasures of Midnight Run come mainly from its acting." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
92% WarGames (War Games) (1983) " It's far too simplistic for comfort -- and downright dangerous if it makes anyone think today's self-destructive forces will bow jovially out of sight as soon as we grown-ups loosen up a little." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
98% Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) " For sheer movie excitement, this is the easy winner so far this season." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
3/4 97% Babe (1995) " The movie is at times raucous, but its spirits couldn't be higher, and the tale teaches a good-natured lesson about why cooperation is better than coercion." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
93% Speed (1994) " Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper are fun to watch as the dueling protagonists, and Sandra Bullock is fetching as an astonished commuter who finds herself behind the steering wheel." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
88% When Harry Met Sally (1989) " Reiner and his stars, Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, are better at displaying the foibles of human natures than exploring them. " — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
95% Apollo 13 (1995) " What compensates for this predictable plot is the professionalism with which it's told, turning a minor piece of 1970s history into an engaging yarn with equal quantities of special-effects wizardry and human feeling." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
95% In the Line of Fire (1993) " [Peterson] keeps his new film hopping at a lively pace, and he shows sensitivity to the look and feel of American politics." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 30, 2013
96% What's Love Got To Do With It? (1993) " Angela Bassett gives a superbly versatile performance as the heroine, and Laurence Fishburne's portrayal of Ike Turner consolidates his status as one of the most expressive and intelligent actors in movies today." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2013
96% The Fugitive (1993) " No fewer than six editors stitched his shots together, giving the most hard-hitting scenes a furious rhythm that contributes greatly to their impact." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2013
92% Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) " The best efforts of highly trained talents are not enough to save the picture from its own deep-rooted foolishness." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2013
60% The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) " Exploitation of child abuse and baby-stealing make this one a particularly nasty business." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 10, 2013
92% Die Hard (1988) " Most of the action is run-of-the-mill Hollywood blood and thunder, but a couple of scenes are unusually reprehensible." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 9, 2013
64% A Rage in Harlem (1991) " Bill Duke directed this mixture of high energy and low vulgarity, which doesn't do justice to the talents of its mostly black cast." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 1, 2013
16% The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990) " Even as they've smoothed the novel's rough edges... the filmmakers have tried to cram a maximum number of its incidents into about two hours of screen time. This gives the picture a hectic pace that adds to its feeling of weightlessness and unreality." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 28, 2013
97% The Princess Bride (1987) " Action and laughs blend deliciously in this fairy-tale spoof about true lovers who must defeat all sorts of villains to reach true happiness." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 28, 2013
89% Trainspotting (1996) " It's hard to recall a movie that etches the horrors of drug dependence more shatteringly than this British tragicomedy, which Danny Boyle has directed with ferocious energy." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 26, 2013
96% Back to the Future (1985) " It's great fun most of the way and makes up in humor what it lacks in sense." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 26, 2013
80% The Untouchables (1987) " Unlike some past De Palma films, though, The Untouchables makes some of its strongest impressions in sequences that build suspense and characterization without readily resorting to mayhem." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 25, 2013
74% Ghost (1990) " There's something relentlessly superficial about the movie, and in one area that cries out for sensitivity -- the treatment of racial differences among the characters -- it falls down badly." — Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 25, 2013
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