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:
886
Location:
Sydney, Australia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 886
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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 95% 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
4/5 100% 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 " 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 51% 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
3.5/5 86% Robot & Frank (2012) " There are also some surprising plot developments that eventually turn the comedy into quite a touching human story. ROBOT & FRANK is a modest but genuinely appealing film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
3.5/5 68% God Bless America (2012) " If you can take that premise, I think you'll go along with the film and it's really, in its very weird way, quite funny." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 15, 2012
4.5/5 85% The Master (2012) " It is an extraordinary film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4/5 83% Seven Psychopaths (2012) " The film as a whole is fiercely funny; there are twists galore with some wonderful performances, especially from Rockwell and Walken whose scene-stealing skills are front and centre in this non-PC but thoroughly entertaining romp." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2012
4.5/5 94% The Sessions (2012) " Importantly, the film doesn't take itself too seriously, and there's a pleasantly off-beat sense of humour behind the agony and the ecstasy of this beautiful movie." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 8, 2012
2/5 60% Last Dance " I didn't believe one word of this terribly well-intentioned plea for understanding between Jews and Palestinians, a construct that quickly collapses under the weight of its own earnestness." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Nov 1, 2012
2.5/5 71% Hail " It is a tough film and I don't mind tough films but there's a relentlessness about this journey, which I found myself reacting against." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 87% Frankenweenie (2012) " It was wise to make the film in black and white, and 3D adds to the charm of this sweetly retro experience. Sparky is hereby added to my list of the cinema's most endearing woofers." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
3/5 75% The Intouchables (2012) " The problem is that if, while you're having a good time with these characters, you start to think about the wider implications of the film, you might find yourself somewhat less enthralled." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4.5/5 96% Argo (2012) " It's exciting, it's funny, it's suspenseful. The ending is nail-biting." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2.5/5 43% To Rome with Love (2012) " It's not a bad film, but TO ROME WITH LOVE is very minor Woody Allen." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 91% Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) " It is a strange and strangely appealing journey that this film takes." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4/5 51% Savages (2012) " The three leads are a bit on the bland side but perhaps that's the way California potheads are. Del Toro and Travolta are terrific in their more interesting roles." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 18, 2012
4.5/5 75% Killing Them Softly (2012) " Beautifully shot by Australian Greig Fraser, this is a different sort of crime thriller, and a particularly fine one. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
4/5 82% Shadow Dancer (2013) " This is a tough, thought-provoking nail-biter." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2/5 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " She's made a massive miscalculation in shooting it this way. It's a story of grand passion and she misses out completely on the passion, partly because the actors are inexperienced and they don't deliver the goods in terms of performance." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
3/5 43% The Wedding Party (2013) " I don't think it's a film that aims very high and it sort of achieves what it aims to do, I think. I found it perfectly amiable. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2/5 21% Taken 2 (2012) " I didn't believe it. It was just too utterly, utterly implausible." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
2.5/5 40% Mental (2013) " He did it so well the first time with MURIEL'S WEDDING and it's much lesser this time, I think. For me it didn't work on almost every level." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3.5/5 44% On the Road (2012) " Lovers of the book may feel Salles doesn't quite get it right, but he does a very solid job." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 61% Tai Chi Zero (2012) " On the whole, although this is beautifully made, like all these films are or most of them are, very spectacular and elaborate, I'm a bit bored with this sort of film, I must say. " — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3.5/5 93% Looper (2012) " A playful sci-fi thriller on the tantalising theme of time travel and how the future can be altered." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 27, 2012
3/5 94% Lore (2013) " The artist makes the choices that she makes and that's her prerogative and it's my prerogative to be alienated by those choices." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2.5/5 47% Bait (2012) " Would it have been so hard to find really interesting characters, characters to involve the audience and make us care as to whether or not they'll wind up as fish food?" — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3/5 86% Nobel's Last Will " I enjoyed this without being knocked over by it so it's a perfectly decent film but by no means a major one." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
4/5 79% Ruby Sparks (2012) " There's an awful lot to enjoy in this clever and charming film." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 20, 2012
3.5/5 86% Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) " Well, despite the camera work, I'm giving it three and a half." — At the Movies (Australia)
Posted Sep 13, 2012
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