David Edelstein
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For 1,614 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 Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Lowest review score: 0 Arthur
Score distribution:
1,614 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The world didn't need a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. We didn't need it, but we got it anyway -- and it's pretty terrific.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Gorgeously silly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Not enough happens in it. And yet everything happens in it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The elements in A Walk on the Moon, which is directed by the actor Tony Goldwyn (the bad guy in "Ghost") and written by Pamela Gray, feel miraculously right.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    One of the most enthralling three hours you'll ever spend at the theater.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    If I didn't believe that the experience of watching Domestic Violence would change the world for the better, I wouldn't believe in the power of movies. And I wouldn't do what I do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The most enthralling movie of the year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's like an Ingmar Bergman film with the loss of religious faith replaced with a sort of socioeconomic nebulousness.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Both a masterpiece and a holy hell: Watching it, you feel you're being punished for a crime you didn't commit. Which puts you, come to think of it, in the same frame of mind as those poor Magdalene girls.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A disgusting piece of work; I still can't believe how much I loved it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A breezy hoot, and it's gorgeous to look at.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Even when you're able to guess the next calamity, it's still a shock in its ejaculatory intensity. The Farrellys never throw in the towel. Pretentious Sundance independents could learn a lot from such pistols.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    One of the most inspired cases of the medium embodying the message ever captured on celluloid.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Best in Show has an uproarious wild card in Fred Willard, who plays a hack commentator convinced that he's the most amusing fellow on television
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A big, overlong, and rather unwieldy piece of storytelling, but the story it has to tell is so vital that it cuts through all the dramaturgical muddiness. It's a terrific muckraking melodrama--it will get people fuming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    During the ghastly, surreal climax, I had fun closing one eye and with the other watching various ashen older men stumble toward the exit.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Poetry in motion: It's eggsquisite.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Most love stories are bland and generalized. This one takes you deep inside the dance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Crowe's world is an open ecosystem --transcendentally open. This movie is his boombox held aloft.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the way Cuarón demonstrates how a simple teen comedy can suddenly blossom into a study of sexual mores, a Mexican political allegory, a song of lamentation -- and still be breezy and funny and sexy as hell.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is riotously entertaining, and with a big heart, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy -- easily the summer's best "blockbuster."
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's irresistible, damn it. Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I confess I don't fully understand Danny's (or the movie's) zigs and zags, but I was glued to the thing anyway -- it has an inexplicable inner logic -- and I admire Bean for refusing to settle into any easy groove.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Riveting and so suggestive that you can't consume it passively: You have to brood on it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Rich, finely judged, gorgeously acted movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Caine makes Hampton's too-literary narration work by playing it as an inner dialogue: It's the best performance of narration I've ever heard. It makes you want to hear Caine read the whole book--or read anything.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Anderson must have needed that bonkers third-hour climax because there was nowhere to go short of spontaneous combustion.