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
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It strides above its crudeness like a colossus. It's smart people telling dumb jokes with a brilliant sense of irony. Anchorman gives you permission to laugh like an idiot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The sequel is simply a tour-de-force of thriller filmmaking.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A warm, ingratiating, and fitfully hilarious epicurean road movie with a steady ache-an ache like a red-wine hangover.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A stupendously moving film. Neeson nails Kinsey's rock-hard decency and fragile ego, and Linney abets him beautifully: There isn't an actress in movies right now who's more simply alive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    For all its wizardry, The Incredibles isn't among my favorite animated movies. Weirdly enough, I think of it, instead, as one of my favorite live-action superhero pictures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A marvelous feat of re-imagination.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A marvelously nasty revenge comedy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Pure and universal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Best of Youth doesn't have a boring millisecond. It isn't an art film, with longueurs; it's a mini-series with the sweep of a classic novel, with tons of plot.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Remarkable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the human struggle that makes this a sci-fi masterpiece.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Audiard's take is fevered, immediate, and hopeful--a story of a man recovering his soul. The most intense and compelling sections of The Beat are almost word for word from "Fingers" (albeit translated into French), but this beat changes everything.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is a dazzling movie, yet some people (not kids, but maybe their parents) will be put off by its Grand Guignol ghoulishness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's hugely entertaining, it's spectacularly acted, and it pricks you in all kinds of places. Maybe the best thing is to see it and let it bug you, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The ending is madly unsatisfying--yet dead perfect. This is a remarkable film.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Face/Off is such a blast that at times I forgot I was watching a John Woo movie.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is so Burtonesque that it verges on self-parody--but it's fun and stunningly beautiful anyway.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Hoffman goes beyond the surface mannerisms and diction. He disappears into Capote.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This Pride & Prejudice (ampersand and all) a joy to behold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    An entertaining, emotional, and surprisingly intimate movie--an epic saga of fauns and talking (Cockney) beavers and evil sorceresses and triumphal resurrections and massive, sweeping battles that nonetheless feels … small.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A spectacular three-hankie tragic love story--sometimes dumb and often clunky and always pretty cornball, but just about irresistible.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie works smashingly, especially if you haven't seen its Hong Kong counterpart and haven't a clue what's coming. But for all its snap, crackle, and pop, it's nowhere near as galvanic emotionally.
    • 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.

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