David Edelstein
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For 1,615 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 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,615 movie reviews
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Anyone who loves live-wire acting will gasp in awe at Blanchett, more emotionally exposed than ever, and, most of all, at Dame Judi, who’s so electric she makes you quiver.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I’ve sat through so many claustrophobic examples of the genre I forgot how exhilarating, how pure a great one could be. Interview is a great one--electric as theater and cinema.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Very entertaining (and doesn’t overstay its welcome) but it’s a little depressing to contemplate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I came out giddy, feeling lighter--by about five-sixths--than I did when I went in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Lake of Fire centers on abortion, but Kaye understands that while dead fetuses are the hook, the agenda covers the whole life cycle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    His (Sidney Lumet) touch in Before the Devil is so sure, so perfectly weighted, that it’s hard to imagine him capable of making a bad movie. The thing is just enthralling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A brilliant study in the link between moral corruption and narcissism.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It’s a near masterpiece.
    • 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."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Satrapi’s parents ship her off to a French school in Vienna, but she’s rudderless, ungrounded. She’s drawn back to a devastated Tehran, where she can’t design a life, either. This great film, by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, is that life, designed. It freed her mind; it frees ours.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Burton, bless him, constricts the space and concentrates the melodrama; he finds the perfect balance between the funereal and the ferocious. Above all, he treasures these ghouls: He digs both their bloodlust and their melancholy.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The coup de grâce is especially graceless because everything we know is already visible in Marinca’s eyes. The actress is extraordinary.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Paranoid Park is a supernaturally perfect fusion of Van Sant’s current conceptual-art-project head-trip aesthetic and Blake Nelson’s finely tuned first-person “young adult” novel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In The Flight of the Red Balloon, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien uses Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 masterpiece "The Red Balloon" as a springboard for his own masterpiece--a distinctively modern and allusive one, yet so tender and plaintive that you understand what Hou is up to on a preconscious level.
    • 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
    The Edge of Heaven is powerfully unsettled--it comes together by not coming together.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Chris & Don is the rarest of documentaries: a realistic portrait of the human spirit.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It was splendid! No, it’s not a larky kid-pic. We're firmly in the realm of English horror.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Among the most enraging (documentaries) I've ever seen, and while it's fine and heartfelt and I commend it to those of you with strong constitutions, it is the film that has finally broken me.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The whole thing is irresistibly preposterous.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The film is lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The ensemble is stupendous--howlingly great--and the music goes deep.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Doubt is still overpowering; it took me a while when it was over to stop shaking. It's the dramatist’s business to sow doubt, to set down points of view that can't be reconciled, and Shanley makes visceral the notion that one can be right but never absolutely right, that doubt might be our last, best hope.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    There isn't a banal moment in Winslet's performance--not a gesture, not a word. Is Winslet now the best English-speaking film actress of her generation? I think so.
    • 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.