David Edelstein
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For 1,667 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 The Apostle
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
1,667 movie reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is a political remake of "The Passion of the Christ," only more aestheticized: It's rigorous, evocative, and, in spite of its grisly imagery, elegant. It's a triumph--of masochistic literal-mindedness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Assayas’s pace is easy, his structure linear: no tricky flashbacks, no jagged cuts. There’s so little in the way of histrionics that it’s hard to put one’s finger on why the film is so terrifically intense — except that each actress is, in her own peculiar way, preternaturally high-strung, able to convey momentous emotional stakes without raising her voice above the pitch of conversation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Is Fiennes miscast? Perhaps. He's a high-strung, somewhat clammy actor--not the first to spring to mind for this warmly self-effacing plodder. But he's remarkably fine.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Is A Christmas Tale a masterpiece? Maybe. I have to play with it longer. It's certainly Desplechin's most accessible film, in part because its dysfunctional-family-holiday-reunion genre is so comfy and its palette so warm.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Séraphine is one of the most evocative films about an artist I've ever seen--and in its treatment of madness one of the least condescending.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Indigènes is a stupendous work--and why that new title stinks to heaven.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    We’ve never sat through anything with Cloverfield’s subjective sting. You’d have to be tougher than I was not to be blown sideways by it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a Parisian romantic roundelay with sundry couples connecting and disconnecting, but it looks and sounds like no sex comedy ever made: It's transcendentally yummy.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Gallo’s movie is terrific, an original and disarming vision of a life that's all skids.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie doesn't quite jell, but you'll feel its sting for hours.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Up
    By all means, see Up in its 3-D incarnation: The cliff drops are vertiginous, and the scores of balloons--bunched into the shape of one giant balloon--are as pluckable as grapes.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Hurt Locker might be the first Iraq-set film to break through to a mass audience because it doesn't lead with the paralysis of the guilt-ridden Yank. The horror is there, but under the rush.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A brilliant study in the link between moral corruption and narcissism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie, a near-masterpiece, is a monument to intoxication: of sexual conquest, of military conquest, and, most of all, of cinema.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The miracle of the movie is the Bolger sisters, who are so direct and matter-of-fact that they hardly seem to be acting. But their simplicity is radiant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Savages is a delightful movie--the perfect companion piece (and antidote) to the year’s other superb convalescent-dementia picture, "Away From Her."
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    What makes it so good is that no one is bad. These humans, desperate to do right, are caught up in a perfect storm of inhumanity. The evil is in the ecosystem.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A grave screwball comedy. Its gags aren't just hilarious -- they have a weighty, plaintive soul.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Shows the dying tremors of a generation, and you might feel as if you can see every molecule, every atom give up the ghost.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Up in the Air is poised to be a smash, and Clooney--slim, dark, perfectly tailored--glamorizes insincerity in a way that makes you want to go out and lie.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A marvelously nasty revenge comedy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Mike Mills's marvelously inventive romantic comedy Beginners is pickled in sadness, loss, and the belief that humans (especially when they mate) are stunted by their parents' buried secrets, their own genetic makeup, and our sometimes-sociopathic social norms.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In the end, the point of this ridiculous, arduous, oft-interrupted odyssey turns out to be elusive — and is all the richer for it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It takes about an hour after it's over for the heart to slow, the brain to recalibrate, and the nonsensicalness of the thing to sink in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Loyal assistant, Pepper Potts, isn't much of a part, but Gwyneth Paltrow is a presence. She stands around looking amused and flabbergastingly pretty, slinging wisecracks with serene aplomb.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Soderbergh contrives the perfect voice for Leonard's prose--laid-back and grooving when it needs to be, but also taut, with the eerie foreboding of violence about to erupt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    One of the most inspired cases of the medium embodying the message ever captured on celluloid.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    As the ghouls evolve toward humanity and the humans toward ghouldom, we can appreciate Romero for using horror to show us How We Live Now, and How We're Living Dead now, too.

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