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:
1249
Location:
New York, NY

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1249
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
88% 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
53% 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 81% 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
A 97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " It is the great achievement of The Last of the Unjust that it presents the awfulness of this history in all its ambiguousness and complexity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 14, 2014
1/4 60% Dream with the Fishes (1997) " Parts of the movie focusing on drugs and wanderlust seem like throwbacks to the '60s, but most of the story is more self-indulgent than sociological. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/4 92% Shakespeare in Love (1998) " This romantic farce has a talented cast and energy to spare, but somehow the ingredients don't burn as brightly as one would expect from such promising ingredients. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 11, 2014
88% RoboCop (1987) " The story amounts to a celebration of brute force in a crudely etched law-and-order context. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2/4 88% Chasing Amy (1997) " Although [Smith's] dialogue is often witty, he still relies on blunt sexual humor to get his point across. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 7, 2014
92% Moonstruck (1987) " Cher and Nicolas Cage have a ball in this ethnic comedy of manners, and there are moments of pure magic when moonlight does its romantic work. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 7, 2014
95% Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) " Most of the acting is first-rate, with special credit going to Grant as the hero and Simon Callow in a memorable supporting role. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 7, 2014
95% Amadeus (1984) " A rowdy, funny, suspenseful, and sometimes very moving visit with two fascinating personalities: one an uncouth prodigy, the other an earnest second-rater who never quite understands why somebody else should get all the glory. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 4, 2014
3/4 88% American Beauty (1999) " Disturbing, bleak, thought-provoking. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 28, 2014
75% Ransom (1996) " Ron Howard has directed the action smoothly and efficiently, but be warned that there's a great deal of hard-hitting violence. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 22, 2014
75% The Lost Boys (1987) " Southern California isn't exactly Transylvania, but the settings are effectively spooky. And there's some amusing satire on the horror-pic genre. The plot is weak, though. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 21, 2014
87% Gandhi (1982) " Tthe film Gandhi is more stuffy than stately, more prestigious than prodigious. It never quite captures the essence of Gandhi, or the influence he exerted on other leaders, including Martin Luther King. It's a broad but shallow river of information. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 13, 2014
90% Rain Man (1988) " It has a heart as good as Raymond's own, which is more than a lot of Hollywood movies can say for themselves at the moment. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 13, 2014
92% Ordinary People (1980) " Under Redford's direction, even the smallest scenes practically leap off the screen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 10, 2014
71% Forrest Gump (2014) " The movie supports its optimistic agenda by evading or overlooking many hard realities of the historical period it supposedly wants to explore and understand. The result is a winning but ultimately dishonest portrait. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 7, 2014
91% The Last Emperor (1987) " The story is colorful and sometimes unpredictable, so it's rarely boring. But it's rarely much deeper than the emperor's favorite rice bowl. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 7, 2014
2/4 83% The English Patient (1996) " The film doesn't gather the emotional momentum that would make it compelling as well as impressive. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 6, 2014
81% Driving Miss Daisy (1989) " Bruce Beresford gives a solid lift to his uneven career with his careful and colorful directing of Alfred Uhry's screenplay, based on Mr. Uhry's prize-winning stage play. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 6, 2014
52% Out of Africa (1985) " Out of Africa is a splendid example of that persistent genre, the coffeetable movie. It's big, beautiful, and imposing. But there isn't much to it, and pretty pictures -- replacing ideas, not supporting them -- are its only real attraction. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jan 6, 2014
71% The Ref (1994) " This is a funny idea, but the movie is too thinly written to build any real credibility, and the cast rarely seems in tune with the vapid vulgarities that dominate the dialogue. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 6, 2013
84% Gremlins (1984) " Think of A Christmas Carol visited by The Birds. Think of The Muppet Movie run amok. Imagine a berserk film editor splicing It's a Wonderful Life to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with quoting from Snow White and a nod to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 6, 2013
88% A Christmas Story (1983) " It has a warmth and humor that soar with the season. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 4, 2013
86% A Midnight Clear (1992) " Much of it has a seriousness and intelligence that are all too rare on today's movie scene. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 4, 2013
94% The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) " Animation is a wonderful medium, but it's almost too compatible with Burton's uninhibited approach. When literally anything goes, even the most original idea can get lost in the creative shuffle. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 3, 2013
93% Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (1999) " It's more thoughtful and varied than the average Hollywood cartoon, and its environmental message is appealing. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 27, 2013
100% The Witches (1990) " The scenes of magic and mayhem are peppered with sly surprises, and Anjelica Huston plays the wildest wicked witch since Dorothy got back from Oz. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 25, 2013
4/4 96% Don't Look Now (1973) " Superbly acted, stunningly photographed, and edited with a rhythmic pungency that makes it irresistibly watchable even when the plot turns dark and scary. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 25, 2013
3/4 88% Shrek (2001) " The story has rollicking moments and the visuals are amazingly realistic. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 25, 2013
88% Delicatessen (1991) " What will filmmakers Jeunet and Caro serve for dessert in their next movie? Something equally daring, one hopes -- but more thoroughly cooked and a bit easier to swallow. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 21, 2013
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