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David Sterritt

David Sterritt
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96%

Daughters of the Dust (1991)

"It has been filmed with astonishing visual imagination by Dash and cinematographer Arthur Jafa, however, and burrows into the minds of its female characters with a care that few recent Hollywood movies can approach." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 1, 2016
70%

Empire of the Sun (1987)

"[Empire of the Sun] has too much childish buoyancy to serve the disturbing historical events it's ostensibly based on." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 26, 2016
46%

Everybody's All-American (1988)

"Jessica Lange is right at home as the sturdy woman of the tale; Dennis Quaid is remarkably convincing as the character he plays gets older... and Timothy Hutton brings quiet skill to his third-banana role. But most impressive of all is Carl Lumbly." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 23, 2016
89%

Sid and Nancy (1986)

"Repellent is the word for it, but the filmmakers might take that as a compliment, since hardcore sleaze is apparently what tickles them most." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 9, 2016
96%

Boyz n the Hood (1991)

"John Singleton, a stunningly gifted newcomer, directed this complex and nuanced look at an urgently important subject." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 1, 2016
82%

Total Recall (1990)

"Arnold Schwarzenegger brings an effective blend of machismo and innocence to his role. Too bad director Paul Verhoeven lets brainless violence and tricky special effects swamp the cleverness of the tale itself." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 27, 2016
C+ 53%

Lolo (2016)

"It's all meant to be funnier than it is." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 11, 2016
96%

On the Bowery (1957)

"The result is harrowing and heartrending, and all the more so when you realize that the people on the screen died mostly miserable deaths, with only this little-known work of art to memorialize them." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
79%

Tiny Furniture (2010)

"Taken at face value, Tiny Furniture is an amiable comedy-drama with an unlikely heroine and an assortment of quirky supporting characters. The picture is more intriguing, though, when you consider its unusual casting." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
76%

Putty Hill (2011)

"What brings the bare-bones narrative alive is the mostly improvised dialogue created by the actors as the camera prepared to roll." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
88%

Pink Ribbons, Inc. (2012)

"Every concerned moviegoer should give this movie's case a fair hearing." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
10%

Atlas Shrugged: Part I (2011)

"The awfulness of Atlas Shrugged continues a trend, since the cinema has never treated Rand very well." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
92%

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks (2013)

"We Steal Secrets is more earnest than exciting." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
88%

Hannah Arendt (2013)

"Although the movie etches a rather thin portrait of Arendt, it succeeds in humanizing her as a person, contextualizing her as a theorist, and evoking the courage she showed in airing convictions that often went against the scholarly tenor of her time." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
88%

Fill the Void (2013)

"It's not a great movie, but it's a humane and touching one." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
72%

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The Amazing Spider-Man deserves two and a half cheers. Its physics are cartoonish and its metaphysics are nonexistent, but it's a teen-pic with a brain, and that's worth celebrating." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
84%

The Tree of Life (2011)

"The Tree of Life is a brilliant achievement in almost all respects, bringing the eternal and the everyday, the macrocosmic and the microscopic, and the physical and the metaphysical into graceful convergences that are awesome to behold." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
90%

Lincoln (2012)

"Spielberg may not have been the ideal director for this ambitious biopic, but Lincoln and Day-Lewis are a truly memorable pair." ‐Tikkun
Posted Feb 28, 2016
B+ 98%

Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

"Not nearly as great as Herzog's films, or as monumentally deranged as Coppola's, it nevertheless casts a spell of its own. It's one of those films that, at least for me, grows in the memory." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 26, 2016
65%

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

"Attack of the Clones is the best Star Wars installment since The Empire Strikes Back, hurtling along so quickly that you hardly notice the many moments when the story fails to make sense -- even on its own fantastical terms." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 16, 2015
2/4 51%

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

"James Bond battles terrorists, criminals, and a sore shoulder in his 19th adventure, which is both propelled and circumscribed by the well-worn formulas that guide its path." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 2, 2015
57%

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

"A few of the later scenes generate psychological or narrative thrust for a few minutes at a stretch, but most of the picture has all the warmth and humanity of Bond's robotic car." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 1, 2015
3/4 78%

GoldenEye (1995)

"Bond is still a misogynist dinosaur, but Brosnan makes him irresistible fun." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2015
70%

The Living Daylights (1987)

"Bond is impersonated by 007 newcomer Timothy Dalton, who does little that's identifiable as acting, although he looks the part." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 20, 2015
42%

Octopussy (1983)

"[Director John Glen] keeps the excitement level high for an hour or so, then lets the show slip into the doldrums." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 6, 2015
69%

Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

"The underlying intelligence of director Jeff Kanew glimmers through at times, and is reflected in a couple of nice performances." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 2, 2015
75%

Used Cars (1980)

"Used Cars is full of used characters, used ideas, and used jokes, many of which are in astonishingly bad taste." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 2, 2015
92%

Salaam Bombay! (1988)

"The movie is terrifically well acted and beautifully filmed, however, marking an auspicious feature-film debut for Indian-American director Mira Nair." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 29, 2015
81%

A Dry White Season (1989)

"A Dry White Season tries very hard to attack apartheid in an intelligent, hard-hitting way, but it too fails to reach the level of audience involvement it seeks." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 28, 2015
62%

Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1993)

"It's rough and sometimes raw to visit with, blending sharp insights into the world of inner-city youth with a weakness for melodrama and touches of silly humor. But to see it is to visit a world rarely touched by mainstream movies." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 28, 2015
93%

The Killing Fields (1984)

"[A] gripping, intelligent, provocative drama." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 16, 2015
63%

Never Say Never Again (1983)

"Sean Connery is still up to par as James Bond in the latest adventure of Agent 007." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 9, 2015
36%

A View to a Kill (1985)

"A View to a Kill plods along dutifully, observing the rules of the series with dull consistency." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 21, 2015
89%

Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

"It's a true original -- a comedy maverick that looks and feels like no other movie I know." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 31, 2015
3/4 91%

Before the Rain (Pred dozhdot) (1994)

"Most of the characters are two-dimensional embodiments of commonplace attitudes, and few of the narrative developments gather much momentum." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 27, 2015
17%

Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

"The film invites us to chuckle along with Thompson as he indulges in a series of objectionalble episodes." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 21, 2015
63%

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

"After a few good scenes, the plot gets too tricky, and the filmmakers keep walloping us with one chase scene after another." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 24, 2015
70%

The Land Before Time (1988)

"It's a beautiful movie to watch, and the cartoony characters are as endearing as they come." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 8, 2015
81%

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

"The directors, George Miller and George Ogilvie, borrow from every source they can find; movie buffs can pass the time spotting the Lynch shot, the Leone shot, the Jodorowski shot, and all kinds of others." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 13, 2015
90%

Mad Max (1979)

"Less pretentious and more gripping than the overrated sequel, The Road Warrior, but viciously violent and awfully shallow." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 11, 2015
4/4 69%

Brothers in Arms (2003)

"The movie's main contribution is its fresh look at the Vietnam War, being refought in the Kerry-Bush presidential campaign at the time of the film's release." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 5, 2015
81%

Jungle Fever (1991)

"Weaknesses aside, Jungle Fever remains the most thoughtful, provocative, and deeply felt statement on race problems and gender relations to arrive on screen in a very long time -- and the funniest and most entertaining to boot." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 21, 2015
78%

Ticket to Heaven (1981)

"The issue is treated in surprisingly black-and-white terms, with little insight into just what happens to the bright young hero during his indoctrination." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 7, 2015
69%

Die Hard 2 (1990)

"As vapid as it is violent." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Apr 3, 2015
35%

The Woman in Red (1984)

"There are moments of real humor and real emotion in this otherwise frivolous sex comedy." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 23, 2015
90%

After Hours (1985)

"The more bizarre and frantic the material, the more I felt the strength and sureness of Scorsese's directorial hand, taming the screenplay's goblins and rendering them harmless." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 18, 2015
82%

Talk Radio (1988)

"Powerfully directed by Oliver Stone, whose swirling camera transforms a radio studio into a white-hot caldron of words and emotions." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 13, 2015
73%

Rok Spokojnego Slonca (The Year of the Quiet Sun) (1984)

"Sensitively directed by Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi, but hampered by a sleepy pace." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 13, 2015
100%

Tampopo (1985)

"Not many films have dwelled so continually on food, or stirred up so many laughs in kitchens and restaurants." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 13, 2015
48%

One From the Heart (1982)

"A great big beautiful bore, ornately directed by Francis Coppola, with little charm and less meaning." ‐Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 13, 2015
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