David Edelstein
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For 1,654 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 A Hard Day's Night (re-release)
Lowest review score: 0 Funny Games (2008)
Score distribution:
1,654 movie reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Munich is the most potent, the most vital, the best movie of the year.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The film is a masterpiece in which “locked-in” syndrome becomes the human condition.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Fruitvale Station will rock your world — and, if the life of Oscar Grant means anything, compel you to work to change it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Pi has designed his own terrarium to keep from staring directly into the abyss. It's not denial. It's faith in something else: the transformative power of storytelling. The film is transcendent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    An absolutely magical fusion of deadpan Ealing comedy and Gothic horror.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is the best movie I've seen in a decade. For once it's no hyperbole to say, "Unforgettable!"
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Spielberg has been ridiculed for shooting his actors from below against impossibly Spielbergian skies and a denouement that lays the love on copiously. But there's nothing simpleminded about how he uses movie magic, as a spell to dispel nihilism, to save us from the worst of ourselves by summoning up the best.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Everything he did in live-action movies with rolling boulders and runaway convoys he does bigger and better - by a factor of ten - in every frame. At the end of two hours, my jaw ached from grinning.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    American satire rarely comes more winning than Election, an exuberantly caustic comedy that shows the symbiotic relationship between political go-get-'em-ism and moral backsliding.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It’s true that the number of whales in captivity isn’t huge. But they’ve now become the mightiest symbols of our cultural hubris — of our inability to manage creatures we have the power to capture and imprison. It’s a metaphor for the ages.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The Queen is the most reverent irreverent comedy imaginable. Or maybe it's the most irreverent reverent comedy. Either way, it's a small masterpiece.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Something sacred passes between Trintignant and Riva. The actress's eyes signal deep awareness as the sounds coming out of her mouth become animalistic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    A collage of pain that breaks over you like a wave. Every second you can feel the cost to Caouette of what he's showing: The sounds and the images are like a pipeline from his unconscious to the screen.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director's ambitions.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The movie is a slot machine that never stops spitting quarters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    I loved it. Or, to put it another way, I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The fact that Duvall gives such a glorious performance in The Apostle is likely to distract people from the fact that he has also written and directed a glorious movie--the most vivid and radiantly made of 1997.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The self-satire of The Kids Are All Right is so knowing, so rich, so hilarious, so damn healthy that it blows all thoughts of degeneracy out of your head.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Bird clearly knows the great silent clowns: The slapstick he devises is balletic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Anderson’s fearless, bighearted filmmaking is an antidote to the toxic cloud of Manifest Destiny. He has made a mad American classic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is the most intoxicatingly beautiful martial arts picture I've ever seen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Above all is Langella, achingly vulnerable under layers of flesh. In one scene, alone, he eats peanut butter intensely, thoughtfully, and nothing he could do as Hamlet would seem deeper or more poetic.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It's hard to think of another American film with this range of moods: satirical, sometimes hilarious, yet suffused with a sense of loss and riddled with the kind of violence that makes you recoil and lean forward simultaneously.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Watching the opening of A Hard Day's Night is like getting a direct injection of happiness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The vision is as hateful as it is hate-filled, but the fusion of form and content is so perfect that it borders on the sublime.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    For all the horror, it's the drive toward life, not the decay, that lingers in the mind. As a modern heroine, Ree Dolly has no peer, and Winter's Bone is the year's most stirring film.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    What a cast Pride has — some of the best famous actors in Britain and lesser-known younger ones that will (soon) take their place in the firmament.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Master and Commander hooks you from its nifty opening salvo to its nifty closing punch line.

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