David Edelstein
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For 1,648 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 Funny Games (2008)
Score distribution:
1,648 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The movie is as cornball as all get-out and — once you discern the narrative arc — as predictable. But then there’s the part that’s — as we serious cinephiles like to say — infuckingcredible.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Living with Mason and his parents over time you feel an intimacy, an empathy, a shared stake. I’m not saying Boyhood is the greatest film I’ve ever seen, but I’m thinking there’s my life before I saw it and my life now, and it’s different; I know movies can do something that just last week I didn’t. They can make time visible.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Perhaps the most awesome thing in Mr. Turner is how Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope hint at Turner’s paintings in their landscapes — not to make the film look painterly but to suggest what Turner saw before transmuting reality into art.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It’s sensational in the open air and subtle in smaller, enclosed spaces. It has sweep and intimacy. And, yes, we need this movie now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is an amazing movie.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Isn't just the most explosively entertaining movie musical in a couple of decades. It's going to be the most influential: the one that inspires the rebirth of the Hollywood musical.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    An unassuming gem: an impishly funny, melancholy, absolutely delightful English ensemble drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    American satire rarely comes more winning than Election, an exuberantly caustic comedy that shows the symbiotic relationship between political go-get-'em-ism and moral backsliding.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Watching the opening of A Hard Day's Night is like getting a direct injection of happiness.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best film of 2002.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best movie of the last several years: the most evocative, the most mysterious, the most inconsolably devastating.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Fashioned by a buff, The Lord of the Rings is a banquet for the buff in us all. I left exhausted, happy, intoxicated.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is the best movie I've seen in a decade. For once it's no hyperbole to say, "Unforgettable!"
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The band's implosion and reassembly makes for one of the most marvelous rock documentaries of all time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    A collage of pain that breaks over you like a wave. Every second you can feel the cost to Caouette of what he's showing: The sounds and the images are like a pipeline from his unconscious to the screen.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The film is phenomenally well directed by Kevin Macdonald and edited by Justine Wright to bring out every bit of scary volatility in the most casual interactions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Ulrich Mühe gives a marvelously self-contained performance. There isn't an ounce of fat on his body, or in his acting: He has pared himself down to a pair of eyes that prowl the faces of his character's countrymen for signs of arrogance--i.e., of independent thinking.

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