David Edelstein
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For 1,627 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 Election
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,627 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Troell’s entrancingly beautiful Everlasting Moments uses surfaces--light, texture, faces--to hint at another world, a shadow realm.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Observe and Report is the rare "action-comedy" (almost always a muddled hybrid) that earns its cathartic climax. The blood is real because the psychosis is real. But somehow--the magic of comedy--it's also uproarious.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    No filmmaker I know has gotten as close to a professional athlete as James Toback gets to Mike Tyson in his new documentary.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Hurt Locker might be the first Iraq-set film to break through to a mass audience because it doesn't lead with the paralysis of the guilt-ridden Yank. The horror is there, but under the rush.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Truly, this is manna from hell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Séraphine is one of the most evocative films about an artist I've ever seen--and in its treatment of madness one of the least condescending.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Sheridan’s actors work with their intellects fully engaged--and they engage us on levels we barely knew we had.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Endlessly enchanting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A Serious Man is not only hauntingly original, it’s the final piece of the puzzle that is the Coens. Combine suburban alienation, philosophical inquiry, moral seriousness, a mixture of respect for and utter indifference to Torah, and, finally, a ton of dope, and you get one of the most remarkable oeuvres in modern film.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Up in the Air is poised to be a smash, and Clooney--slim, dark, perfectly tailored--glamorizes insincerity in a way that makes you want to go out and lie.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Outrageously entertaining.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This movie is utterly irresistible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Arnold's first feature, "Red Road" (2006), centers on another outsider, a woman who monitors security cameras. The film is formally brilliant, but it doesn't have the breathtaking openness of Fish Tank.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie, a near-masterpiece, is a monument to intoxication: of sexual conquest, of military conquest, and, most of all, of cinema.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The film is a nearly unrelenting nightmare. Even interviews shot with the survivors after the fact have a current of dread.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It becomes a meditation on the dual nature of film, on a "reality" at once true and false, essential and tainted.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is one of the most galvanizing documentaries I've ever seen.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    As he proved in his Iraq-centered "No End in Sight," policy wonk turned documentarian Charles Ferguson has no peer when it comes to tracking the course of a preventable catastrophe.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Shot by shot, scene by scene, it's a fluid and enthralling piece of work. I wasn't bored for a millisecond.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Kidman in Rabbit Hole is a revelation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Blessed is the go-for-it movie that can make room for dissonances and weirdness.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie doesn't quite jell, but you'll feel its sting for hours.
    • 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
    Mike Mills's marvelously inventive romantic comedy Beginners is pickled in sadness, loss, and the belief that humans (especially when they mate) are stunted by their parents' buried secrets, their own genetic makeup, and our sometimes-sociopathic social norms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Meehl, in her directing debut, is attuned to the rhythms of Buck, who's attuned to the horses.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In Mysteries of Lisbon, the prolific Chilean-born director and egghead Raúl Ruiz has achieved something remarkable, at once avant-garde and middlebrow: the apotheosis of the soap opera.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Nichols has a genius for making landscapes and everyday objects resonate like crazy, for nailing the texture of dread.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Fiennes and Logan haven't made a definitive Coriolanus, but they've made a sensationally gripping one. They have the pulse of the play, its firm martial beats and its messy political clatter. They tell a damn good story.

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