David Edelstein
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For 1,591 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Summer Hours
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
1,591 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's a crackerjack ride, shot and edited for maximum discombobulation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams is sometimes frozen by Herzog's awe. But it's hard not to love him for always trying to look beyond the surface of things, to find a common chord in the landscape of dreams.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Has a mixture of bloodletting and exultation that would make Sam Peckinpah sit up in his grave and howl with pleasure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That lawn with its scraps of a ruined life is a setting both satirical and poignant, and Will Ferrell gives a performance of Chekhovian depth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    After warming up with "The Thin Red Line" and "The New World," Malick has succeeded in fully creating his own film syntax, his own temporal reality, and lo, it is … kind of goofy. But riveting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    You get a bad feeling early in Project Nim, the brilliant, traumatizing documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    HPATDH 2 works like a charm. A funereal charm, to be sure, but then, there's no time left for larks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Cornish, like Edgar Wright (who directed "Shaun of the Dead" and was an executive producer here), can parody a genre in a way that revitalizes it, that reminds you why the genre was born in the first place. The movie is in a different galaxy than "Cowboys & Aliens": It has, in both senses, guts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I hate to damage so fragile a work with overpraise, but, gay or straight, if you don't see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A hell of a picture. And shrewd.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Payne is too acerbic - maybe too much of an asshole - to settle for easy humanism. But he's too smart a dramatist to settle for easy derision. Mockery and empathy seesaw, the balance precarious - and thrillingly so. It's the noblest kind of satire: cruel and yet, in the end, lacking the killing blow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I've heard it said that Le Carré's work lost its savor with the end of the Cold War, which is as dumb as discounting "Coriolanus" because Romans and ­Volscians are no longer killing each other. Le Carré's subject was the national character and what happened to it under threat and in the absence of public scrutiny. It could hardly be, mutatis mutandis, more contemporary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The final twist is both baffling and repulsive, but as an evocation of the triumph of evil, it's peerless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    In outline, In Darkness is a standard conversion melodrama, but little within those parameters is easy. The darkness lingers into the light.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Westfeldt, now 42, belongs to a generation (and class) of people for whom nothing about having kids is easy. Her intensity feels just right - better than in any film I've seen in years - for How We Breed Now.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    There's nothing like a film about wayward passions to remind you how differently people feel things.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The compact Hennie is a wonderful actor, smoothly congenial when confident, uproarious when rattled. And he will be rattled-as well as stabbed, shorn, bitten, mangled, and worse.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Crosses the blood-brain barrier like … like … whatever the drug is, I haven't tried it, thank God. The movie eats into your mind - ­slowly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    In addition to being fast, funny, and unpretentious, Brave is a happy antidote to all the recent films in which women triumph by besting men at their own macho games.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Ted
    Ted runs out of invention in its last act (the bear is coveted by a chillingly deadpan sociopath, played by Giovanni Ribisi, and the villain's fat son), but I can't think of a better movie to see if you're male and want to get high and relive your idiot adolescence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's better to think of Magic Mike as arty but energetic soft-core porn, with no pickle shots but plenty of juice. You should see it if only for McConaughey, an underrated leading man who finally gets a chance to use his strange timing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    For Greenfield, the Siegels are a brilliant metaphor for everything farkakte about the U.S. economy and the culture that shaped it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    As splashy as Killer Joe is, it's also, beat by beat, meticulously orchestrated, with no shortcuts to the carnage. When it comes to mapping psychoses, Letts and Friedkin are diabolically single-minded cartographers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Sachs hits notes we've rarely heard in gay cinema, in which the hedonist bleeds into the humanist, the ephemeral into the enduring.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    If I seem cool, it might be because I came in hoping for the same level of blood-and-thunder as in the Evangelical scenes of "There Will Be Blood," whereas The Master is a cerebral experience. But Anderson has gone about exploring fundamental tensions in the American character with more discipline than I once thought him capable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That's the feeling Stephen Chbosky captures in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, his exquisite adaptation of his best-selling YA novel about a Pittsburgh high-school freshman who doesn't fit in and then all of a sudden does, for a spell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, you'll have yourself a time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A marvel of cunning, an irresistible blend of cool realism and Hollywood hokum.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Holy Motors is typically confounding but on every level that matters a work of unfettered - and liberating - imagination.