David Edelstein

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For 1,792 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Life of Pi
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
1792 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    At times the movie’s small canvas feels momentous. They’ve found the inner tensions in people’s presentations of themselves in a way that’s positively Wallace-like.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This supernatural comedy isn't just Allen's best film in more than a decade; it's the only one that manages to rise above its tidy parable structure and be easy, graceful, and glancingly funny, as if buoyed by its befuddled hero's enchantment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I’m not crying “masterpiece” here. Locke is too contained, too well-carpentered, too self-consciously “classical.” But tours don’t come much more forceful. Once you’ve taken this 90-odd-minute drive with Tom Hardy, you’ll never forget his face.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Meehl, in her directing debut, is attuned to the rhythms of Buck, who's attuned to the horses.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the human struggle that makes this a sci-fi masterpiece.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Like his protagonist, Bahrani never gives up on William; his camera never stops probing. He loves West's face, and he honors its mystery.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Not enough happens in it. And yet everything happens in it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is finally the zombie flick as cautionary political tale, and as humanist parable. It's not the flesh-gouging zombie we have to worry about, the filmmakers suggest, but the soul-gouging zombie within.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Riveting and so suggestive that you can't consume it passively: You have to brood on it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    My first viewing left me dazzled but slightly confused; a second deeply impressed; a third rhapsodic. I wish I hadn't needed to rediagram it in my head to turn it into the masterpiece it so obviously wants to be.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Gregory and Demme have turned A Master Builder into (pardon my invoking the name of a Strindberg work) a dream play, and have made it once more madly, bitingly, chillingly alive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Lincoln is too sharply focused to deserve the pejorative "biopic" label. It's splendid enough to make me wish Spielberg would make a "prequel" to this instead of another Indiana Jones picture.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Wes Anderson’s latest cinematic styling is The Grand Budapest Hotel, an exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is so Burtonesque that it verges on self-parody--but it's fun and stunningly beautiful anyway.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Almost to a one, the people Guest casts are virtuosos, and he lets them hit notes they can't hit anywhere else.

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