David Stratton

David Stratton
Tomatometer-approved critic
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.?
Location: Sydney, Australia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 66% Yesterday (2019) On the whole, Yesterday succeeds partly because it is such a great idea and partly because those Beatles songs never fail to work their magic. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 79% Never Look Away (2019) Art and politics are explored in depth in this challenging but generally impressive examination of Germany in recent times, and though the film's running time is excessive, the story is a gripping one. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3/5 100% Claire Darling (La dernière folie de Claire Darling) (2018) Claire Darling is far from being a major work, but it does showcase a late-career performance from a cinema icon. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3.5/5 56% Under the Silver Lake (2019) I'm prepared to give Mitchell the benefit of the doubt. His film looks great, and even though it lacks the discipline that might have made it a classic of its kind, it's well worth travelling down these mean cinematic streets. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2/5 51% Tolkien (2019) Fans of Tolkien's writing probably won't discover anything new about the man from this film and the attempts to turn the Somme battlefield into a sort of fiery Middle Earth look painfully contrived. This is a minor biography of a major writer. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
3/5 100% Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion (Astérix - Le secret de la potion magique) (2018) Devotees of the characters of diminutive Asterix and his hulking friend Obelix - and there are many - no doubt will celebrate that the latest film in the franchise is getting a cinema release, albeit a limited one. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
4/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Fletcher is one of the few directors working today who really knows how to stage this sort of lavish musical number for the camera. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3.5/5 100% 2040 (2019) You can only hope that the time when this sort of optimism was scoffed at by climate change deniers is over and that our leaders will be moving with increased speed... - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
3.5/5 92% The Reports on Sarah and Saleem (2019) Director Muayad Alayan, working from a screenplay written by his brother, Rami, has come up with a powerful, well-acted suspense film. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 97% The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2019) This subtle, beautifully acted and in many ways remarkable debut is an exciting discovery from an unexpected source. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
4/5 92% The Realm (El reino) (2018) Gradually, as Manuel works with increasing intensity to secure the evidence he needs against his former colleagues, the film - directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen - casts its spell. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
2.5/5 64% Peterloo (2019) As the overlong (2 1/2 hours plus) film drags on you get the numbing feeling that Loach would have done it all much better, more economically and with more passion. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 71% All Is True (2019) This is an intelligently-scripted, beautifully evoked speculation, a modest drama played out in a minor key. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 100% Ága (2019) This is a world rarely evoked in the cinema, and it's well worth a visit to the cinema to see Aga if only to experience the emotional conclusion of this beautiful, hypnotic film. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
84% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) The Night Eats the World is a minimalist horror film, well made and very well acted and not without interest. But anyone expecting the usual thrills of a zombie movie will be quickly disillusioned. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
3/5 98% 3 Faces (2019) ...more than anything it's great to see the work of a doggedly determined filmmaker who refuses to buckle to the demands of his country's hard right. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 80% Yellow is Forbidden (2018) ... her achievements are remarkable and the film will be of considerable interest to fashionistas. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
3/5 97% Thunder Road (2018) Thunder Road is a tour de force for Jim Cummings, who wrote, directed and (according to the credits) "performed" it. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
2.5/5 50% Celeste (2018) There's a lot of talent on display here but it's largely squandered on the seriously unconvincing screenplay. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
3.5/5 95% Transit (2019) It's a satisfying complexity...the conclusion, beautifully handled, offers tantalising questions about reality and artifice. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
2.5/5 63% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2019) So after all that heartache, it looks as though Gilliam's dream has turned into something of a nightmare. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4.5/5 94% Burning (Beoning) (2018) Burning...refers to the resentment and the anger felt by the young and struggling towards the rich and overbearing. Revelations like these hover just beneath the surface of this beautifully directed mystery. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
4/5 95% 1985 (2018) All of the acting is very good, although some American commentators have remarked on the fact no one has a Texas accent. This won't matter much to an Australian audience. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
5/5 92% Pulp Fiction (1994) Pacey, punchy and at times hilarious. It's quite a movie. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
3.5/5 91% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Because of its ambivalence, this isn't an easy film to embrace - but its themes resonate long after the movie is over. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 73% Galveston (2018) Foster gives a typically strong performance as the troubled protagonist, while Fanning is excellent as the vulnerable Rocky. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 97% Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) (2019) All of this is very eccentric and most amusing, though Halla's environmental concerns are real enough. She's an intrepid eco-warrior and her story will resonate with many. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
4/5 81% Mid90s (2018) Mid90s, the first feature directed by actor Jonah Hill, is, in many ways, a remarkable debut. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/5 41% Where Hands Touch (2018) While Asante's earlier films were grounded in reality and successfully linked the problems facing their protagonists to contemporary aspects of racism, Where Hands Touch seems unduly contrived. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2019
2.5/5 55% Swimming with Men (2018) It's a film for blokes who seek a bit of undemanding light entertainment. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 74% Destroyer (2018) The film has to be seen for Kidman. In the scenes set in the present she has so transformed herself that at first she's hardly recognisable. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
3.5/5 94% Us (2019) Even if his screenplay has flaws, Us confirms that Peele is an accomplished director with a wicked sense of humour. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) This is not an easy film to sit through and that's partly due to the fact that it's been so well made. You'll need nerves of steel to experience the events the film depicts. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3.5/5 86% Sometimes Always Never (Triple Word Score) (2018) Nighy has a field day with the character of the eccentric Alan in this strangely endearing, sometimes curious film. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 90% Island of the Hungry Ghosts (2018) The film is beautifully photographed by Michael Latham, has an excellent music score by Aaron Cupples, and is never less than intriguing. But Brady's decision to withhold vital information from the viewer is rather self-defeating. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 92% The Price of Everything (2018) [The Price of Everything] succeeds in being educational and entertaining as well as profoundly disturbing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
1/5 58% The House That Jack Built (2018) The violence in The House That Jack Built is horrific...you've been warned. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2019
3.5/5 79% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The film is briskly paced and visually gorgeous, the winegrowing region of Spain providing a colourful backdrop to the drama. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
2.5/5 34% King of Thieves (2019) A disappointingly dour affair and not exactly the rollicking adventure about a bunch of old geezers pulling off a successful heist that we might have expected. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 71% The Happy Prince (2018) Actor Rupert Everett's mistitled The Happy Prince marks his debut as a film director, and the subject matter is clearly close to his heart. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) Despite its self-imposed limitations, the skilfully made The Guilty excels as a compelling and tense evening in the cinema. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
3.5/5 60% Greta (2019) There's plenty to enjoy in Greta and mounting suspense as the screws are tightened for the not entirely predictable finale. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2019
4.5/5 93% Stan & Ollie (2019) This is just about as perfect a tribute to two great screen stars of the past as anyone could wish. I laughed and I cried and I had a thoroughly good time. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 62% Vox Lux (2018) The concert scenes, and there are quite a lot of them, are certainly spectacular, and the performances, Portman's especially, are terrifically powerful. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
3.5/5 89% Arctic (2019) It's an austere approach, but Brazilian-born Joe Penna, directing his first film after making a splash with his videos on YouTube, is to be commended for the rigorousness with which he is operating. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet The Combination Redemption (2019) The strength of both the Combination films is that in John, Basha and Field have created a positive character, a role model who stands up against racism, intolerance and crime. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) Jenkins handles this story in a surprisingly languid and gentle way. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) An inspirational conclusion to a generally gripping movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 90% Capernaum (Capharnaüm) (2018) Labaki's film is an eye-opener - a seemingly authentic exploration of the world of the dispossessed of Lebanon's capital city, made by a director who is clearly passionate about bringing this particular story to world audiences. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
4/5 59% The Front Runner (2018) The Front Runner is commendably even-handed in its portrayal of both the political system and the fourth estate. And Jackman's commanding performance should be required viewing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019