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:
926
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 926
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
3/5 41% Divergent (2014) " Really the film is so intent on setting things up for, presumably, subsequent films that it forgets to be entertaining and involving in its own right, I think, and so I found this going over my head. I wasn't really interested in all of this." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Apr 9, 2014
3/5 89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " The fans won't be disappointed by the lavish visual effects, the explosions and gun battles, all of which are the essential elements in this kind of super-cinema experience." — The Australian
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4.5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " The result is a deliciously rich and, dare I say, old-fashioned entertainment, filled with affectionate jokes and cinematic references. " — The Australian
Posted Apr 4, 2014
3.5/5 79% Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014) " It's a pleasant, often amusing, family film with lots of kid-friendly jokes and puns but also plenty of references that will go over the heads of the smaller members of the audience." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
2/5 51% Cuban Fury (2014) " What is really remarkable is how a very engaging personality like Chris O'Dowd, given this part, can be so boring and so enervating." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 77% Noah (2014) " Noah is a disappointment, despite generally strong performances, some well-imagined sequences and spectacular backdrops filmed in Iceland. It seems that caution has won out over imagination." — The Australian
Posted Mar 28, 2014
3/5 22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " Carlei's film is beautiful but sterile, and seems nervous its audience will be bored to the extent that there seem to be more sword fights than usual. Only Paul Giamatti's touching turn as the Friar stays in the mind when this passionless film is over." — The Australian
Posted Mar 21, 2014
3.5/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " It has some accomplished performances and very fine sequences - not enough to make a four-hour film completely bearable, but better than I'd feared." — The Australian
Posted Mar 21, 2014
1.5/5 4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " The numerous battles are confusingly handled and the actors aren't given many opportunities given the dialogue they're forced to speak. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 18, 2014
4/5 52% Half of a Yellow Sun (2014) " This epic approach to a terrible conflict incorporates newsreels and maps to make things clearer for the uninitiated. It's an impressive film on many levels, and a significant achievement for the embryonic Nigerian film industry." — The Australian
Posted Mar 14, 2014
2/5 29% Pompeii (2014) " It never aims at anything more than the most superficial entertainment." — The Australian
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4.5/5 99% Wadjda (2013) " By any standards, this [is] a fine, moving film and essential viewing for anyone who cares about contemporary cinema." — The Australian
Posted Mar 14, 2014
4/5 88% Hannah Arendt (2013) " It's refreshing to find a film inspired by challenging ideas, and Von Trotta and her team are to be congratulated for bringing Arendt's story to the screen" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 12, 2014
2/5 42% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) " [The story] gets constantly literally swamped by the blood and gore and so forth, which is well done but almost to the point of parody. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 12, 2014
1/5 9% Vampire Academy (2014) " I thought it was a complete mess. I thought the teenage dialogue was puerile and that was a shame because Daniel Waters wrote the screenplay for HEATHERS, which is one of the really nice films about school but that was a long time ago." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 10, 2014
3.5/5 84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " It's a compelling story, though it doesn't really sustain a two-hour plus running time." — The Australian
Posted Mar 7, 2014
4/5 81% The Royal Tenenbaums (2002) " The very precise look of the film, the clever design and camerawork, which create a slightly off-kilter world for the characters to inhabit, is beautifully done." — sbs.com.au
Posted Mar 4, 2014
97% Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) " This was an early CinemaScope film, and William Mellor frames it all beautifully. It's an outstanding thriller." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Mar 4, 2014
4.5/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " It's a rare example of pure cinema, and that, in itself, gives it a stature to which few Hollywood films these days aspire." — The Australian
Posted Feb 28, 2014
1/5 9% Vampire Academy (2014) " The screenplay by Daniel Waters, the director's brother, is stuffed with puerile dialogue, all the more disappointing given that, back in 1988, he wrote one of the best school movies, Heathers." — The Australian
Posted Feb 28, 2014
3.5/5 89% The Wind Rises (2014) " On balance, THE WIND RISES is worth seeing especially for animation buffs and especially since it seems as though this will be the talented director's final film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2014
84% The Ice Storm (1997) " I think one of the things [Ang Lee] really specializes in is ensemble pieces like this one." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2014
3/5 99% Gloria (2014) " Look, how often do we see films about people of this age finding love and particularly finding sex and so this is quite original from that point of view?" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 27, 2014
2.5/5 42% Night Train To Lisbon (2013) " It's always a stretch for a movie to unfold in two time frames and have different actors play characters at different stages of their lives, and here the casting isn't entirely successful. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 21, 2014
2/5 48% Wolf Creek 2 (2014) " Mclean injects the grimmest of grim humour into the mix (including a bizarre reference to the Rolf Harris classic Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport), and I imagine Quentin Tarantino is one of the movie's biggest fans. But the end result is manipulative and ugly." — The Australian
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4/5 89% Le Week-End (2014) " Kureishi writes well and succeeds in nailing the characters of Nick and Meg with precision." — The Australian
Posted Feb 21, 2014
3.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " Non-Stop barrels along seemingly oblivious to its contrivances and implausibilities." — The Australian
Posted Feb 21, 2014
4.5/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " In Payne films, as in the films of Jean Renoir, there are no "goodies" or "baddies"; everyone has their reasons, and that makes his work distinctly different from most mainstream American films these days." — The Australian
Posted Feb 18, 2014
4/4 67% How I Live Now (2013) " Not having read the book on which this impressive film is based I was completely unprepared for the way the narrative developed." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2.5/5 60% Ender's Game (2013) " It was a bit like standing in a room where someone is playing a video game on a screen and you're not actually taking part in it but you have to watch interminably this game being played and it's just really a bit boring. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
3.5/5 42% Closed Circuit (2013) " This is a genre I usually enjoy and while CLOSED CIRCUIT has some shortcomings it's a thought-provoking thriller." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
4.5/5 91% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Scene after scene brings truthfulness and insight into the at times difficult relationship. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 18, 2014
2/5 13% Winter's Tale (2014) " Though handsomely mounted, the film is basically just too silly to convince on any level." — The Australian
Posted Feb 14, 2014
4/4 92% The Departed (2006) " As cop thrillers go, this is the best in quite a while." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 11, 2014
2.5/5 29% Grudge Match (2013) " Working from a cobbled-together screenplay by Tim Kelleher and Rodney Rothman, director Peter Segal pretty much goes through the motions." — The Australian
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4.5/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " One of the films of the year for me." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 6, 2014
3.5/5 64% August: Osage County (2013) " The film's director, John Wells... is never able to escape from the theatrical origins of this over-heated drama, though lovers of the Edward Albee style of marital confrontation will doubtless revel in the melodrama" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 6, 2014
4/5 66% The Railway Man (2014) " This is an extraordinary film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " I thought it was quite sweet." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4.5/5 92% Philomena (2013) " One of the best purely British films of the year." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " I think he's made a beautiful job of it. It's his most visual film by far. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " Very traditional Disney, a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen", very beautifully animated and filled with rather old-fashioned songs. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4.5/5 94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " Llewyn's misadventures, some funny some not, provide the meat in this thoroughly enjoyable film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4.5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " This is an extraordinary film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
3.5/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Ron is back with more crazy adventures in a cheerfully hit-and-miss, guest star-packed romp. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 20, 2013
4/5 97% Gravity (2013) " Despite these flaws, Gravity is an amazing experience." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 18, 2013
3/4 84% Upstream Color (2013) " Iit's a film that I'd like to go back and look at again and give it a second go." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 98% The Rocket (2014) " The film is not only a feel-good affair, though it certainly is that - it has something of significance to say." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3.5/5 87% Mystery Road (2014) " MYSTERY ROAD is, indeed, a bit of a mystery - but there are so many wonderful elements to the film that you wish the confusions had been ironed out more satisfactorily." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 17, 2013
4/5 93% Frances Ha (2013) " Greta Gerwig is perhaps the most interesting of the younger American actresses working in films today, and she's wonderful as Frances in this black and white charmer from director Noah Baumbach." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 11, 2013
94% It's a Wonderful Life (1946) " I love it, corny as it may be, because it reminds every one of us that we all make contributions to the people around us, contributions we ourselves don't even realise." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 3, 2013
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