David Stratton

David Stratton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
David Stratton is a former Director of the Sydney Film Festival, former film critic for the international film industry magazine Variety, and is currently film critic for The Australian. A recipient of the Australian Film Institute ?s Raymond Longford Award, David has also served as a former President of the International Critics Jury for the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals, authored two books, and is currently lecturing in Film History as part of the Continuing Education Program at the University of Sydney. David says, ?I had been the film consultant to SBS from its inception and then presenter of both the Movie of the Week and Cinema Classics for over 22 years. Both Margaret and I are grateful for the opportunities that SBS and The Movie Show have given us and have great affection for the network. So our decision to leave SBS is not a step we have taken lightly. But we are excited about the new challenge on ABC TV.?
Publications:
At the Movies (Australia) , The Australian , Variety
Total Reviews:
933
Location:
Sydney, Australia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3.5/5 75% The Grandmaster (2013) " Tony Leung's charismatic performance as the man who was martial arts instructor to Bruce Lee anchors the film, but in this version at least the story equally belongs to Gong Er, and Zhang Yiyi is splendid in the role, especially in the later scenes." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4/5 87% The Immigrant (2014) " Gray's beautiful, dark film is a reminder of the difficulties faced by immigrants in any place and at any time." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
3/5 86% Night Moves (2014) " It's a very well made film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 11, 2014
4.5/5 85% Predestination (2015) " [The filmmakers] have created a genuinely original, staggeringly clever and tremendously entertaining thriller" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/5 94% Felony (2014) " I think the script is excellent and I think the plotting is interesting because this is a film not about police corruption but about police covering up for police and I think it's been well thought out" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4/5 49% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic charmer." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
4.5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " The result is it's a wonderful story." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 27, 2014
3.5/5 67% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared " The plotting is clever and the film, directed by Felix Herngren, is handsomely produced and nothing if not amiable, while the supporting cast - especially Mia Skaringer's warm-hearted Gunilla - is very good company." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
2/5 —— Freedom " Performances are fine, and the film is well made, but it's too much of a hybrid to be successful." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3/5 67% Deepsea Challenge 3D (2014) " I think it's a very solid documentary." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
4/5 89% Locke (2014) " I think Steven Knight's done a terrific job of direction. It's a very intelligent, very austere film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 20, 2014
3.5/5 72% Palo Alto (2014) " The performances are excellent and the result is an altogether sympathetic, if not entirely original film, from the latest member of a talented movie dynasty." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/5 33% The Expendables 3 (2014) " A lot of the time it's difficult to work out who'd doing what to whom. But, in the end, it doesn't matter much." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3.5/5 96% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " I think it's really well made and the concert scenes at the end are fantastic" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 15, 2014
3/5 67% The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) " I found the film mildly enjoyable." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 14, 2014
4/5 79% Bethlehem (2014) " In the light of what has been happening in nearby Gaza, this small but memorable film assumes an even greater impact." — The Australian
Posted Aug 11, 2014
4/5 82% Begin Again (2014) " I really enjoyed this. It's such a nice surprise, because so many so-called feel-good romantic comedies these days are pretty ordinary but there's something special about this because there's a level of reality to it in the performances in the situations." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
2.5/5 18% And So It Goes (2014) " Whatever happened to Rob Reiner?... [He] seems utterly disengaged as he ploddingly assembles a film whose potential is never realised. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 92% Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) " Fans... will delight in the wisecracks offered by Rocket (Rocky Raccoon) or the profundities of Groot. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Aug 8, 2014
3/5 65% Kvinden i buret (The Keeper of Lost Causes) " [There's a] Hitchcockian element to the film's suspense. It's a formula for an unnerving thriller that, for the most part, has succeeded thanks to supple direction and eerie, muted photography by Eric Kress." — The Australian
Posted Aug 4, 2014
3.5/5 66% Lucy (2014) " Johansson, a good actress, succeeds in making this nonsense more believable than it otherwise might be." — The Australian
Posted Aug 4, 2014
2/5 23% Devil's Knot (2014) " It compares most unfavourably with the recent Prisoners, which told an entirely fictional story about missing children with far more intrigue, suspense and cinematic skill than Egoyan's muted effort." — The Australian
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3.5/5 91% Still Life " This is a film that demands patience from a sympathetic audience, but the rewards are considerable. " — The Australian
Posted Jul 30, 2014
3/5 5% Paranoia (2013) " It's rather a slight affair." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Jul 23, 2014
2/5 57% Galore " Either the sound recording was not up to the mark or the diction of the actresses was woeful, because apart from the overused F-word, very little else that was said was decipherable." — The Australian
Posted Jun 25, 2014
3.5/5 84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " While much of this is pretty standard stuff, it's all easy to take thanks to the engaging performances from the two leads. The screenplay contains quite a few funny lines, and the direction by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller is crisp and efficient. " — The Australian
Posted Jun 25, 2014
4/5 66% The Rover (2014) " This tough, violent and starkly impressive thriller succeeds in its main aim, which is to keep the viewer on the edge of the seat." — The Australian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 41% The Face of Love (2014) " It says something for the excellent work of Bening, Harris and Weixler that this basically absurd melodrama succeeds as well as it does." — The Australian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3.5/5 86% The Two Faces of January (2014) " Amini's handling of this gripping drama makes the film intriguing even when some of the plot developments stretch the boundaries of belief, and the film boasts three very strong performances in the leading roles." — The Australian
Posted Jun 19, 2014
1/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " The film's manipulative illness-of-the-week scenario is entirely resistible, despite the best efforts of Woodley (who almost saves the day with a sensitive portrayal)." — The Australian
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3/5 48% Maleficent (2014) " This fairytale world is stunningly photographed by another Australian veteran Dean Semler, and the sets, costumes and design in general are of the first rank." — The Australian
Posted Jun 6, 2014
3.5/5 90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Edge of Tomorrow is acceptable escapist entertainment whose unexpected plot developments give it much-needed originality. The action scenes are handled with expected skill, the heroes are intrepid and the creatures are suitable nasty and vicious." — The Australian
Posted Jun 6, 2014
2.5/5 10% Grace Of Monaco " There are moments when all this veers towards the so-bad-it's-good direction, but it never quite gets there. " — The Australian
Posted May 30, 2014
4/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " Johansson is brave and memorable and, though you may at times wonder what on earth's going on, Under the Skin may just get under your skin." — The Australian
Posted May 30, 2014
3.5/5 92% Sunshine on Leith " There are sentimental elements, and not all the songs are top-drawer, but despite that the unlikely idea of having characters burst into song as they walk down the street or drink in a pub worked for me. " — The Australian
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 100% My Sweet Pepper Land " If you get right down to it Baran represents the new sheriff attempting to bring law and order to an unruly and violent town while dallying with the local schoolmistress. The result is a film of great cultural interest plus suspense and humour." — The Australian
Posted May 23, 2014
4/5 100% The Babadook (2014) " The Babadook proves once again that an original and personal vision is the principal requisite for an interesting film, but in this case the director's work with two wonderful actors is crucial to the film's success." — The Australian
Posted May 23, 2014
3.5/5 88% Chef (2014) " The film's main theme, the restoration of the father-son relationship, while not very original, is sympathetically handled and young Anthony gives a winning performance as a sensible, loyal child who is able to teach his jaded father a thing or two." — The Australian
Posted May 19, 2014
3/5 81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " It's a film about a couple whose tumultuous relationship is severely challenged, and the performances are excellent." — The Australian
Posted May 19, 2014
1/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " Banal riffs on pop culture themes vie for laughs with depressing jokes about tits, balls and dicks. The low-point has Byrne (who I hope was well paid) being "milked" by Rogen. Whatever happened to comedy?" — The Australian
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 83% Belle (2014) " This is quite a dense film in terms of character; there's a lot to get your teeth into and, at the end of it all, it's a rattling good story. " — The Australian
Posted May 12, 2014
4/5 85% Seduced And Abandoned " Seduced and Abandoned is, if nothing else, a film buff's delight." — The Australian
Posted May 12, 2014
2/4 65% Fever Pitch (The Perfect Catch) (2005) " I think it's very ordinary." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted May 7, 2014
4/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Fading Gigolo is perhaps his [John Turturro] most successful blend of offbeat humour and observational drama to date." — The Australian
Posted May 7, 2014
3/5 73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " Vacth gives a luminous performance, but her character is less explored than her body, and that's the film's major shortcoming." — The Australian
Posted May 7, 2014
2.5/5 65% Beyond the Edge (2014) " The skilful combination of old and new footage, almost seamlessly spliced together, still provides riveting material for viewers in a more cynical age." — The Australian
Posted May 2, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " Peter's girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) [delivers] the "valetudinarian" speech at her school, which feels as empty and platitudinous as the movie. I couldn't help laughing." — The Australian
Posted May 2, 2014
19% Transcendence (2014) " Nevertheless, Transcendence is superior to most other sci-fi films these days; it's briskly paced, consummately made and never boring. Puzzling and occasionally challenging it may be, but it's made with style and imagination." — The Australian
Posted May 2, 2014
74% Canopy (2014) " Canopy doesn't fully convey the horror and the isolation these men must have experienced. It's a conceptually bold film but not a fully achieved one." — The Australian
Posted May 2, 2014
2/5 24% The Other Woman (2014) " The director's lack of subtlety extends to the selection of music used on the soundtrack; [like] the theme from Mission: Impossible and that's only one of the blindingly obvious uses of music cues." — The Australian
Posted Apr 18, 2014
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