David Stratton

David Stratton

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% 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:
912
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 912
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 79% 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 85% 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
4/5 80% The Boxer (1997) " An intelligent, provocative piece of cinema, with something quite bold to say in the Irish context." — sbs.com.au
Posted May 14, 2013
3.5/5 46% Beautiful Creatures (2013) " [Alice Englert] really is a terrific new star presence." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
5/5 93% Amour (2012) " This is a profound look at love about a couple who have lived with each other for so many years, know each other so well and this terrible thing that is facing them and there's a serenity there which makes it even more moving, I think." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 22, 2013
4/5 63% Anna Karenina (2012) " Joe Wright uses the theatre and has the actors taking part in a stage production which then moves out into the real world. I think that's done beautifully." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Feb 14, 2013
3.5/5 70% Liberal Arts (2012) " he characters are interesting and, again, I really felt for the guy's dilemma whether to start a relationship with this much, much younger girl or not. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 12, 2012
3.5/5 50% Trouble with the Curve (2012) " Well, I have got nothing against a bit of ludditeism. You know I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
2.5/5 49% The Man With the Iron Fists (2012) " Thank goodness for Russell Crowe who gives a sardonic, who-gives-a-damn performance as one of the good guys." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Dec 7, 2012
3.5/5 70% Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012) " Most romantic comedies begin with meeting cute and, by the end, after some ups and downs, wedding bells are probably in the offing. CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER rings the changes." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2012
4/5 85% The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) " I think for a first film this guy who wrote the book and has adapted it for the screen has done a terrific job and I really found these characters sympathetic." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 29, 2012
98% Wings of Desire (1987) " A sublimely beautiful, deeply romantic film for our times." — Variety
Posted Nov 27, 2012
4.5/5 92% Skyfall (2012) " Breathes fresh life into the genre." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
1/5 64% 2 Days in New York (2012) " This is a catastrophically unfunny sequel in which the possibilities for a French-American culture clash are quickly doomed by the cruelly unfunny dialogue and some very bad performances." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 22, 2012
4/5 88% The Angels' Share (2013) " The film has a rough and ready look, but the charm of its battler characters shines through and there's plenty to relish here, even though the plot gets more and more improbable the further it proceeds." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3.5/5 63% Dead Europe " The powerful scenes are wonderful, I think. There's some tremendous scenes." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
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