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 Starting Out in the Evening
Lowest review score: 0 Arthur
Score distribution:
1,594 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A gratifyingly slick and fast-moving Flemish thriller, directed by Erik Van Looy, with superb acting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking--a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Powerful and then some.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It has its own explosively twisted originality. It's a geyser of exhilarating tastelessness.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Against a radiant backdrop of decay and rebirth, nothing needs to be said; everything in this lovely film is crystalline.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A wrenching elegy to the "greatest generation"--a film with enough breadth and spectacle and poetry to transcend some clunky storytelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    What a mind-bending odyssey ensues--a tale of good old-fashioned American free expression at war with good old-fashioned American capitalism.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Before it loses its fizz--maybe two thirds of the way through--Volver offers the headiest pleasures imaginable.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Gooses you even in its barren patches and gets fresher and funnier as it goes along. It builds to a shriekingly funny (and scary) revelation and a dénouement so brilliant it's almost demonic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie is brilliant and infectious, much like Bennett's voice: English-deadpan but never snide, and generous to a fault.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I was utterly gripped by The Italian. The only problem is that I was rooting for the bad guys.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That's the beauty of Mafioso: that what begins as a comedy of disconnection becomes a tragicomedy of connection -- of roots that go deep and branches that span continents.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's one of the best kinds of documentaries--not calculated but serendipitous.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    James Scurlock's documentary Maxed Out, tells the bone-chilling, bloodcurdling, hair-raising story of a country (guess which one?) that's up to its eyeballs in credit-card debt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That title would suit a melodrama with an emphasis on doomed love, which is not what Loach has crafted. There is a (chaste) love story and plenty of bloodletting. But what engages him and his screenwriter, Paul Laverty, is the growing tension between brother Irish rebels.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    As the political rhetoric between Washington and Tehran becomes dangerously overheated, Offside offers an intimate antidote: an affectionate glimpse into the cultural schisms that young Tehranis face every day. Western audiences will cheer the rebellious girls on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I'm looking forward to buying Blades of Glory on DVD so I can get my head around the phenomenal skating routines. Obviously, there were wires and lifts and computer-generated effects, but for my money it looked like the lumbering Ferrell and nerdy Heder were Olympic-worthy stylists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Frank's writing is razor-sharp, his filmmaking whistle-clean. As a fan of sharp razors and clean whistles, I enjoyed The Lookout--yet I did feel let down by the climax, which ought to have been blunter and messier and crazier and more cathartic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I urge you not to pass up Black Book, especially on a wide screen. It's a marvelous movie-movie, with a new screen goddess. Van Houten has a soft, heart-shaped face on top of a body so naturally, ripely beautiful it has its own kind of truth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The fun is in the one-thing-after-another delirium the movie induces, and in our breathless anticipation of what they'll hurl at us next.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    One way you know that D.J. Caruso is a resourceful director is that he scares you silly with a minimum of violence and a few smears of blood. His job was certainly made easier by Morse, whose glassy demeanor and high, soft rasp suggests horrors that not even Quentin Tarantino could imagine.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Bug
    Has the feverish compression of live theater and the moody expansiveness of film. The mix is insanely powerful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The greatness of Golden Door is its tone; sympathetic but always wry.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's so money! It's so fun!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It takes some time to realize we're in a maelstrom--going down down down into a saga of obsession, sadism, masochism, and codependency that was and remains one of the great, sick tabloid stories of all time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's madly funny--a treat for moviegoers who don't mind gnawed-off limbs with their high jinks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I found the first half-hour a snooze, but once I adjusted to the movie's rhythms, I was completely enraptured. Ferran weaves the love affair into nature, but not in the mystical, sanctified manner of Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Sicko is Moore’s best film: a documentary that mixes outrage, hope, and gonzo stunts in the right proportions; that poses profound questions about the connection between health care and work.