David Sterritt

David Sterritt
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
David Sterritt has been Film Critic of The Christian Science Monitor, an international daily newspaper, for more than 30 years. As a syndicated writer for the Monitor News Service he has contributed articles on film, theater, and music to The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other periodicals. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Film Comment, Cineaste, Variety, American Film, Stagebill, down beat, and other publications. His reviews were heard for many years on Monitor Radio, carried by Public Radio International, and he is a former film critic for All Things Considered on National Public Radio. Television appearances include ABC?s Nightline, the CBS Morning News, PBS?s Cinema, the Discovery Channel?s World Monitor, and programs on CNN, MSNBC, the Fox News Channel, MSG Metro, and CNBC. He is Professor of Theater and Film at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University and a member of the Film Studies Faculty at Columbia University, and he has taught at New York University and the City University of New York. His collected Monitor film criticism is housed by invitation in the Harvard Film Archive at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from New York University. He served for five years on the Selection Committee of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, and is Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as a member of the National Society of Film Critics and other professional organizations. He lectures frequently at museums, universities, film festivals, libraries, cinema clubs, etc. His book "The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible" was published last year by Cambridge University Press, which published his book "The Films of Alfred Hitchcock" in 1993. He is also the author of "Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the '50s, and Film" (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) and the editor of "Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews" and "Robert Altman: Interviews," both from University Press of Mississippi. Other recent publications include "From Psychology to Spirit" in the anthology "Jean-Luc Godard?s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film" from Southern Illinois University Press; "Notes" in the anthology "Meredith Monk" from The Johns Hopkins University Press; essays in the Hitchcock Annual, the Austrian film magazine Blimp, the Columbia University magazine 21st C, the Long Island University journal Ventures in Research, the Canadian journal Mosaic, and (forthcoming) the American journals Wide Angle and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, as well as program essays for the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. He is currently coediting "Terry Gilliam: Interviews"
Location: New York, NY
Official Websites: filmscouts.com/rooms95/press

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
87% The Joy Luck Club (1993) Talky, episodic, and ripely sentimental, it invites us to understand its characters more through our emotions than our intellects. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2020
3/5 89% Wolke Neun (Cloud 9) (2008) "Cloud 9" offers the welcome spectacle of two oldsters discovering romantic bliss, even though that bliss ultimately comes at the expense of others. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
95% Bob Roberts (1992) "Bob Roberts" is a bold and often hilarious movie that cares enough about politics to take actual stands on real issues. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
89% Married to the Mob (1988) "Married to the Mob'' isn't for all tastes. But for cinematic thrills and spills, it's quite a ride. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2020
57% Absolute Power (1997) It's more effective than expected - aside from the scenes of excessive sex and violence, that is - mainly because Eastwood gives one of the most deeply felt performances of his career. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
71% Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990) You can't help being impressed, even as you feel like ducking under your seat for a moment's relief from the relentlessness of it all. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2020
92% Reversal of Fortune (1990) Barbet Schroeder directed the ingeniously made film, which weaves fact, hypothesis, and conjecture into a harrowing yet continually gripping and often highly amusing narrative. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2020
98% My Left Foot (1989) It's Day-Lewis who lights up the screen most brilliantly. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
3/4 78% Family Fundamentals (2002) The film discusses important social and personal issues, although the interview subjects don't always have enlightening things to say. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2020
100% My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage À Travers Le Cinéma Français) (2017) I mention Tavernier's varied background at the outset because his intimacy with every aspect of movie production, distribution, and exhibition shines through each installment of Journeys Through French Cinema. - Cineaste Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2020
98% Paris Is Burning (1991) The film is rude, colorful, and bursting with questions about American culture, subculture, and society. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2020
93% Chan Is Missing (1982) A wry variation on old detective movies. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2020
24% The River (1984) Most of The River is dry and familiar. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
71% Clockers (1995) ''Clockers'' remains a major work by a major film artist, but its cinematic achievements are diminished by its narrative and psychological shortcomings. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2020
1/4 26% The Story of Us (1999) Audiences may want their own speedy divorce from this irritating collection of stale jokes, pointless vulgarities, and warmed-over cliches. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2020
91% The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) The performances are uneven, the story is rigged, and the ending -- which tries sincerely to be inspirational -- is just corny. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2020
1/4 56% Prefontaine (1997) Prefontaine is a fascinating hero, but his experiences become a string of sports-movie clichs in the hands of filmmaker Steve James. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
91% La Bamba (1987) It's easy to forgive the thudding omens and ironies, since they appear in such a life-affirming context. The purpose of La Bamba is not to mourn Valens's death but to celebrate his life, with special attention to the great joy he found in music. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
57% A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland) (1983) Directed by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda with a rather heavy touch leavened by strokes of nightmarish humor. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2020
76% Gentleman's Agreement (1947) Gentleman's Agreement still comes across as a smart, incisive, and engrossing drama, and although times have changed since 1947, the subject it so boldly tackles remains timely and relevant to this day. - Turner Classic Movies Online EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
60% School Ties (1992) But why did the filmmakers relegate their story to the 1950s, as if such attitudes weren't still alive and dangerous? - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
2/5 83% The Original Kings of Comedy (2000) Sometimes they're truly hilarious; sometimes they're lazy enough to milk laughs from scattershot vulgarity; and sometimes they try to pummel the audience into submission with humor... - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
49% Jurassic Park III (2001) If velociraptors are so smart, why didn't they chomp up the camera before this cinematic clone got loose and sullied their good name? - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
34% Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) This sequel has lots of color and Christmas warmth to recommend it. Its portrait of urban American is ridiculously romanticized, though, and the climatic fight with two silly-sinister bad guys is as nasty as it is cartoonish. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
4/4 86% Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) (1974) Made near the end of Buñuel's career, it's not his greatest movie, but it contains some of his most memorable moments. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
56% Immortal Beloved (1994) The results are always excessive and sometimes quite aggravating, but they're weirdly appropriate to the subject of the story, an over-the-top artiste who seemed excessive and aggravating to many of his 19th-century cronies. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
34% Poetic Justice (1993) Its ambitious aims are commendable in themselves, but regrettable since they overinflate what might have been a simpler and better film. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 68% Jeffrey (1995) The play's impressionistic tableaux of homosexual life doesn't translate with complete success to the screen, but there are many hilarious lines. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 73% The Indian in the Cupboard (1995) The story is sensitively told, reminding young moviegoers that history is made of real people, not the caricatures who inhabit Hollywood myths. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/4 50% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995) Little of the yarn is very adventurous, despite its title, but the watery scenes are prettily photographed by the great Laszlo Kovacs. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 43% First Knight (1995) Excali-BORE. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 73% Double Happiness (1995) Mina Shum's debut film is consistently warm and amusing, although its energy flags a bit as the story unfolds. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 82% Clueless (1995) For a while, it's like really cool, with lots of energy and stuff, but then it gets like major repetitious, and you wish it was like over, y'know? - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/5 11% Bushwhacked (1995) This is basically an outdoor edition of Home Alone. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 80% Burnt by the Sun (1994) Deep, historically revealing, unforgettable. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 95% Belle de Jour (1968) Radiant cinematography. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 39% Batman Forever (1995) Directed by Joel Schumacher with occasional gestures toward social commentary, and enough spectacle to mask the movie's deep-down emptiness. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 No Score Yet Art for Teachers of Children (1995) Deliberately rough-hewn, commendably serious-minded docudrama. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 36% An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) The filmmakers appear to be aiming for laughs much of the time, and on this level their efforts fall completely flat. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 44% A Walk in the Clouds (1995) The tale is far from original, but director Alfonso Arau bathes it in a golden glow that goes beyond nostalgia to sheer dreaminess. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
3/4 95% River of Grass (1995) Evocatively directed in Florida locations by gifted newcomer Kelly Reichardt. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 67% J'ai pas sommeil (I Can't Sleep) (I'm Not Sleepy) (1995) Directed by Claire Denis with so much tact and circumspection that the story runs short of dramatic and emotional power. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
1/4 29% Dangerous Minds (1995) Movie stars have tamed sassy kids in movies from The Blackboard Jungle to Stand and Deliver, but it's hard to remember an example more patronizing or sentimentalized than this one. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 89% The Brothers McMullen (1995) The acting and scripting are too uneven for either the drama or the comedy to gather much steam. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2/4 45% Stepmom (1998) The movie is reasonably smart and touching when it deals with the plight of a family on the rocks, but it pushes too many emotional buttons. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
3/4 57% Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997) Charles Sturridge's fantasy is too slow and complicated for very young viewers, but others will enjoy its wholesome story and detailed depiction of the World War I era, not to mention the fairyland scenes, which are truly magical. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 75% Eye of God (1997) The story doesn't quite add up to a well-told drama, but there's rock-solid acting by Martha Plimpton, Kevin Anderson, Hal Holbrook as the local sheriff, and Nick Stahl. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
63% The Devil's Advocate (1997) Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves attack their roles with gusto. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
2/4 80% Deep Crimson (1996) Mexican director Arturo Ripstein applies his usual degree of cinematic imagination to the sordid tale, - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2019
38% Legend (1985) If a movie can have so much money and talent poured into it, and still come out this stale and tedious, something larger may be happening than the failure of one misbegotten project. - Christian Science Monitor EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019