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 Review
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 60% 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 88% 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 94% 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 73% 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 88% 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
4/5 98% Free Solo (2018) This is most definitely a film to see on the big cinema screen - unless, of course, you suffer from vertigo. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 79% Green Book (2018) Farrelly is seeking to entertain with Green Book, not to provoke. The performances of his actors - Mortensen, rarely better, and Ali - make it all worthwhile. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 86% Let the Sunshine In (Un beau soleil intérieur) (2018) Binoche is amazingly good in this role and it's no small thing for a contemporary film to celebrate the sexuality of a middle-aged woman. But Juliette's self-absorption becomes somewhat tiresome after a while. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
3.5/5 50% Storm Boy (2019) Rush gives a commanding performance as the older Storm Boy, and there's an appealing contribution from Davies as his passionate granddaughter. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) Age hasn't affected his skills, though, either as an actor or as a very accomplished director. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2019
3/5 62% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) It's a lavish production but an uneven one. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
3.5/5 78% Loro (2019) Sorrentino is an exceptional director and Servillo is a most remarkable actor; once again these two major talents have created a film of considerable impact, even if this time their subject remains frustratingly elusive. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
4/5 99% Eighth Grade (2018) Eighth Grade is filled with insights, both humorous and painful. All the acting is fine, but Elsie Fisher is a revelation. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3/5 71% Piercing (2019) It has to be said that the lead performances are impressive and Wasikowska confirms once again that she's a bold and innovative talent. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2.5/5 100% Pick of the Litter (2018) The film adopts a fairly bland and unquestioning approach, but the patience of the trainers - and charm of their sometimes unruly canine charges - never ceases to impress. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
3.5/5 93% Kusama: Infinity (2018) The art is richly inventive and the artist, though certainly a profoundly eccentric figure, comes across as both courageous and determined. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat agaci) (2019) The Wild Pear Tree is an extremely dense, rich, challenging, lengthy movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/5 66% Vice (2018) ... the best American film of the year, a stinging satire of which Jonathan Swift might not have been ashamed. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
4.5/5 93% Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018) Cold War is constructed with brief but always telling scenes. It wastes no time, and indeed the running time is shorter than usual. But every moment packs a punch, and every musical cue serves an important purpose. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 78% Black '47 (2018) Director Lance Daly has made a bleak and gripping film. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 94% The Favourite (2018) Deliciously witty, visually gorgeous and frequently unsettling in its melding of the comic and the chilling, The Favourite is one of the best films of the year. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 27% Event Horizon (1997) [Anderson] has little feeling for suspense - instead he lays on the violence and gore with a trowel and diminishing returns are the result. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 87% Colette (2018) It's a modest but handsome production, lovingly photographed by Giles Nuttgens and mostly filmed in Hungary, with period trappings that seem authentic in every respect. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
1/5 12% Peppermint (2018) Peppermint is jaw-droppingly ugly, horrendously violent, implicitly racist and routinely handled. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The achievement shared by McCarthy and Heller is to make us understand this woman and, furthermore, to make us care about her. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 87% Climax (2019) For those willing to risk a close encounter with this maverick, there are undoubtedly rewards to be found in Climax. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2018
3.5/5 44% Species (1995) It's a lot of fun. It's certainly well directed. We've seen it all before, but I enjoyed it. - At the Movies (Australia) EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2018
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) [A] very witty and affecting family comedy. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
90% Mississippi Grind (2015) It's a terrific film, but it came and went in cinemas before many people could discover it. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
69% The Journey (2017) It's gripping and amusing, and it contains one of John Hurt's last screen appearances. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 100% Strange Colours (2018) A very specific sense of place comes across strongly in Lodkina's minimalist yet striking film. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 72% The Children Act (2018) This is a film that poses important moral and legal questions, but it's also a personal story in which a diligent woman, who regularly faces intense criticism, has to confront several deeply troubling personal problems. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4.5/5 91% Widows (2018) With its themes of political corruption and large-scale criminal activity, Widows is effortlessly transformed into an American setting. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4.5/5 99% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) The director's deceptively simple treatment ensures that Shoplifters is an unsentimental heart-warmer of considerable charm and insight. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3.5/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Robert Redford, who plays the old crook, has said this will be his last screen role and, if that proves to be the case, The Old Man & The Gun is not a bad way to end a distinguished career. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
3/5 100% Penguin Highway (2019) This odd little story is based on a book and, for an animated film aimed at pre-teen kids, seems unusually convoluted and protracted. But, as always with Japanese anime, it's visually a delight. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 93% First Reformed (2018) The film is a cry of rage against the polluters and corrupters who, Schrader contends, are destroying the planet, as well as against the commercialisation of the churches and the growth of terrorism. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4.5/5 96% Roma (2018) This is perhaps the major cinema experience of the year so far. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
3.5/5 65% Suspiria (2018) What makes the new film compelling viewing is the extraordinary contribution of Swinton, who plays three roles in the movie. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
4/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) It's a disturbing theme, beautifully developed by Edgerton and superbly acted by an excellent cast. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 93% Journey's End (2018) Journey's End is a powerful and moving tribute to the men who fought in the trenches. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) [The] dire warnings about the direction in which America is heading are most disturbing. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 98% Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2018) Schible's documentary - while not particularly well shot - is a very useful insight into the work of a major composer. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3/5 83% Book Week (2018) Heath Davis directed and does a very competent job in every department, except for the fact that he obviously wants us to love the decidedly unlovable protagonist. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 60% One Less God (2017) The members of the generally excellent ensemble cast were almost entirely fresh faces for me, which adds to the authenticity of the drama. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
4/5 83% Ghost Stories (2018) This is a low-tech affair, and all the more interesting for it. You never know quite where it's going, but it doesn't let up for a moment. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2018
3.5/5 83% I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai) (2019) The colours are pallid and the animation simple, but the overall effect is surprisingly moving. - The Australian EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018