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David Sterritt

David Sterritt

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Places in the Heart (1984) "Headed by the versatile Sally Field, the cast of Places in the Heart is almost a convention of Hollywood's best character actors. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 9, 2015
83% Nostalghia (2013) "Tarkovsky is an uncompromising filmmaker... films move slowly, but exercise a fascination unlike anything else I've seen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Mar 4, 2015
3/4 75% Crash (2004) "[Haggis] makes his directing debut with a screenplay that often seems rigged and contrived, but comes to life via excellent acting and a philosophical argument that bigotry and benevolence are inextricably intertwined. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 23, 2015
86% The Hunt for Red October (1990) "Like the nuclear submarine it's named after, The Hunt for Red October is big, shiny, and expensive. But it's also hard, cold, and cumbersome, just when it's trying hardest to be likable and even friendly. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 11, 2015
54% Valmont (1989) "Directed by Milos Forman, this film is livelier, more absorbing, and generally better acted than Dangerous Liaisons, which arrived a year ago. But it runs out of inspiration long before it runs out of plot twists. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Feb 9, 2015
10% Revolution (1985) "Revolution has been dazzlingly shot by cinematographer Bernard Lutic in a process called System 35, but so much visual grandeur seems more embarrassing than engaging when the dramatic element is such a mess. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 17, 2014
95% Conte d'hiver (A Tale of Winter) (1992) "Rarely has this great filmmaker been so successful at blending his most serious concerns with such engaging entertainment. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Dec 15, 2014
96% The Secret of NIMH (1982) "Aside from its title, there's no secret about it: The Secret of NIMH is exciting, engaging, and often magnificent to look at. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Nov 11, 2014
83% Experience Preferred... But Not Essential "[Director Peter Duffel] relies on several strong performances for most of the film's effect. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 29, 2014
85% Bugsy (1991) "Beatty and Annette Bening charge their roles with energy, and the supporting cast includes such talents as Harvey Keitel, Joe Mantegna, Ben Kingsley, and Elliott Gould in sturdy performances. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 29, 2014
81% Let Him Have It (1991) "The last 30 minutes of the story are overwhelmingly strong, blending human drama and social history into a series of extremely moving scenes, leading to a brief coda that's as unexpected and audacious as anything seen on a movie screen in years. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 28, 2014
2/4 87% The Exorcist (1973) "Less a cleverly spun story than a disjointed collection of shockeroos, surrounding a few ghoulishly effective moments with overcooked plot twists and in-your-face vulgarity. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 15, 2014
4/4 98% The Night of the Hunter (1955) "Mitchum gives one of cinema's greatest performances as a demented man who's one part preacher, one part murderer, and totally determined to track down a stash of stolen loot in the possession of two kids. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2014
91% Fright Night (1985) "[Holland] serves up the oldest horror-yarn cliches with a straight face, keeping the action good-natured and even humorous until the gory climax. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2014
3/4 96% Peeping Tom (1960) "It is now justly recognized as a classic of its disturbing kind, treating its material with a restraint, seriousness, and compassion that many of today's filmmakers could learn from. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 14, 2014
88% Poltergeist (1982) "The buildup is slow and deliberate, creating a vivid sense of love and warmth within the family who share the harrowing adventure. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Oct 7, 2014
84% El Norte (1984) "It's heartening to see this non-Hollywood production finding a solid niche in the commercial movie circuit. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 19, 2014
86% Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) "John McNaughton's direction has flashes of cinematic brilliance, but there's a disturbing lack of purpose to its clinically told and horrifyingly violent tale. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 16, 2014
85% Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) "Overlong but marvelously energetic. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 10, 2014
80% Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) "The show provides a prodigious number of giggles, and it's so short (well under 90 minutes) that you'll have plenty of time to rent the original This Island Earth and test out wisecracks of your own. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 2, 2014
67% Maverick (1994) "It's cleverly crafted, and you can't help enjoying it even when you know it's manipulating you as brazenly as a poker dealer with tricky fingers and a well-stacked deck. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Sep 2, 2014
3/4 75% Code Unknown (Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages) (2000) "Haneke brings his usual dark sensibility to bear on the multifaceted story, expressing the fractured quality of modern city life through scenes that wander through a labyrinth of missing links and lost connections. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 27, 2014
67% Monanieba (Repentance) (1984) "Its message is worth heeding everywhere. And its frontal attack on Stalinism makes it a landmark in Soviet film history. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 26, 2014
69% Jacob's Ladder (1990) "Tim Robbins gives a strong performance in this first-class horror yarn, which has a surprisingly strong political edge. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Aug 23, 2014
82% Scarface (1983) "[Brian DePalma] apparently considers ''money isn't everything'' an original and profound message. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 29, 2014
90% No Way Out (1987) "The action is tight and suspenseful, and the plot culminates in the most astounding last-minute switch of the decade. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 26, 2014
11% Club Paradise (1986) "The unchanneled energy of Robin Williams can't redeem this messy yarn. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 26, 2014
76% 3 Hommes et un Couffin (Three Men and a Cradle) (1985) "While the story has few surprises, parts of it are amusing and the performances are convincing. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 25, 2014
0% Staying Alive (1983) "[Sylvester Stallone] pours lots of energy but little intelligence into scads of short, sweaty scenes more suited to the rhythms of cable-TV ''rock video'' than to the wide screen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 24, 2014
8% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987) "If these guys are so smart, why do they win their final victory with nothing more subtle than a punch in the mouth, backed up by a military tank? " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 22, 2014
7% Man Trouble (1992) "Two capable stars, Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin, lose their luster in this misfired comedy. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 18, 2014
31% Young Doctors in Love (1982) "Rowdy satire of hospital life in the vein of Airplane, but shorter on laughs and longer on bad taste. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 15, 2014
1/4 5% The Avengers (1998) "This dull spinoff of the 1960s television series has a spectacular cast but little energy and no ideas at all. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jul 8, 2014
11% Batman & Robin (1997) "Batman & Robin is less a movie than a razzle-dazzle video game. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 18, 2014
1/4 12% Striptease (1996) "Andrew Bergman's comedy is aggressively vulgar every chance it gets and surprisingly violent to boot. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 18, 2014
20% I Love Trouble (1994) "Slick camera work and strong chemistry between the stars are almost enough to save the picture from terminal triteness, but not quite. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2014
19% Once Upon a Forest (1993) "The film rarely gets past familiar gimmicks of the cartoon-adventure genre, and the animation isn't very inspired. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2014
54% The Doors (1991) "The movie is weighed down by its enchantment with the mythology, as opposed to the reality, of Morrison's life -- a mythology that needs to be explored, not simply reproduced on the wide screen. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 17, 2014
99% L.A. Confidential (1997) "The story is so complicated that the movie can't quite make it clear, but the picture has impressive energy and high-intensity performances from Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito, and Guy Pearce. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 4, 2014
82% My Own Private Idaho (1991) "Written and directed by Gus Van Sant, who mingles tremendous visual imagination with a leaning toward off-the-wall situations and sometimes raunchy images. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
91% Diner (1982) "With so much going for it, then, why doesn't 'Diner' emerge as a major statement? Mostly because of the recurring weakness of its screenplay. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
73% Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) "The characters are engaging, but the story is hackneyed and the filmmaking is dull. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
79% Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) "It's a movie of astonishing power and bold originality, marked by poignant humor and a stream of transcendent song that tempers the frequent harshness of the story. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted Jun 2, 2014
3/4 90% Chungking Express (1996) "Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film is an imaginative piece of filmmaking and an evocative essay on contemporary Hong Kong as it prepares for a return to Chinese rule. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 28, 2014
66% The Rock (1996) "The filmmakers got suckered by their own high-tech effects, turning a potentially clever entertainment into yet another barrage of violence, vulgarity, and excess. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 27, 2014
4/4 97% Werckmeister Harmonies (2001) "This is as challenging as movies come, alluding to everything from philosopher Thomas Hobbes to the history of Western music. But compared with Tarr's legendary Sátantángo... it's almost a quickie. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 21, 2014
4/4 89% A Moment of Innocence (1999) "Touching, funny, and totally original. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
77% Licence To Kill (1989) "As unlikely as it seems, Mr. Dalton actually appears to be growing in the Bond role, which is potentially stifling because its own popularity has so rigidly defined it. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
39% Days of Thunder (1990) "Days of Thunder wants to be an action drama, but it's really just a star vehicle of the most rudimentary sort, with nothing to offer Cruise except a chance to look pretty and chant time-tested punchlines. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
10% Hardly Working "It's a bumpy movie, no more graceful than its buffoonish main character. Worse, the star tries to have it two ways, alternating between manic physical comedy and softspoken self-pity. The result if often awkward, and sometimes downright weird. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 20, 2014
46% The Babe (1992) "Goodman was born to play this role, but John Fusco was not born to write this screenplay, and Arthur Hiller was not born to direct this movie. " ‐ Christian Science Monitor
Posted May 9, 2014
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