David Edelstein
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For 1,594 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 46% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Igby Goes Down
Lowest review score: 0 Arthur
Score distribution:
1,594 movie reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Pantheism, Cameronism: In Avatar, what's the diff? Now he's king of a world he made from scratch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Anderson’s fearless, bighearted filmmaking is an antidote to the toxic cloud of Manifest Destiny. He has made a mad American classic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Cantet's real-time classroom scenes are revelations: They make you understand that teaching is moment to moment, an endless series of negotiations that hang on intangibles—on imagination and empathy and the struggle to stay centered. This is a remarkable movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Hats off to Olivier Assayas's plain yet hauntingly beautiful Summer Hours, a true--albeit nonsecular--meditation on art and eternal life.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The film is a masterpiece in which “locked-in” syndrome becomes the human condition.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The new Pixar picture Wall-E is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savored before or after the end of the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The end of The Cove is as rousing as anything from Hollywood. Manipulative? Sure--but isn't that fitting? Capitalism has driven an entire village to massacre dolphins and keep its work hidden.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It has taken an animated film to go where live-action dramas and even documentaries haven't--to tickle our synapses and slip into our bloodstream.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Bird clearly knows the great silent clowns: The slapstick he devises is balletic.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The Queen is the most reverent irreverent comedy imaginable. Or maybe it's the most irreverent reverent comedy. Either way, it's a small masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It might be the cinema's most astonishing holy war film. The Lord of the Rings took seven years and an army of gifted artists to execute, and the striving of its makers is in every splendid frame. It's more than a movie--it's a gift.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is the most intoxicatingly beautiful martial arts picture I've ever seen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    I loved it. Or, to put it another way, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    An absolutely magical fusion of deadpan Ealing comedy and Gothic horror.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    No, I couldn't be more pleased with what the screenwriter, Steven Kloves, and the director, Mike Newell, have wrought this time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Munich is the most potent, the most vital, the best movie of the year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    You should see Happy Feet--not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Above all is Langella, achingly vulnerable under layers of flesh. In one scene, alone, he eats peanut butter intensely, thoughtfully, and nothing he could do as Hamlet would seem deeper or more poetic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is an amazing movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The fact that Duvall gives such a glorious performance in The Apostle is likely to distract people from the fact that he has also written and directed a glorious movie--the most vivid and radiantly made of 1997.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It's hard to think of another American film with this range of moods: satirical, sometimes hilarious, yet suffused with a sense of loss and riddled with the kind of violence that makes you recoil and lean forward simultaneously.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Watching the opening of A Hard Day's Night is like getting a direct injection of happiness.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    An unassuming gem: an impishly funny, melancholy, absolutely delightful English ensemble drama.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    By the climax, we can hardly breathe -- The outcome is less important than our utter and complete empathy with this man. As we await what he does, we breathe with him, in and out. This is an astonishing movie.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Igby Goes Down got a reaction from me: I think it's the movie of the year. I squirmed, I laughed a lot.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best American movie of the year. Has a subtext so powerful that it reaches out and pulls you under. Even when the surface is tranquil, you know in your guts what's at stake.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The exhilaration is slow to build. It doesn't come from any one thing but from countless crosscurrents, tiny bits of color that fill out the portrait.