David Edelstein
Select another critic »
For 1,606 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 The Queen
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
1,606 movie reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Went down like a slice of warm pecan pie topped with two scoops of Ben and Jerry's Bovinity Divinity.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A grave screwball comedy. Its gags aren't just hilarious -- they have a weighty, plaintive soul.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The most enthralling movie of the year.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I confess I don't fully understand Danny's (or the movie's) zigs and zags, but I was glued to the thing anyway -- it has an inexplicable inner logic -- and I admire Bean for refusing to settle into any easy groove.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Shows the dying tremors of a generation, and you might feel as if you can see every molecule, every atom give up the ghost.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The revered Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki has hit on a way to give you grim social realism and movie-ish sentimentality in one fell swoop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Beat by beat, scene by scene, gorgeous...at times emotionally devastating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's irresistible, damn it. Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The world didn't need a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. We didn't need it, but we got it anyway -- and it's pretty terrific.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A marvelous feat of re-imagination.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The elements in A Walk on the Moon, which is directed by the actor Tony Goldwyn (the bad guy in "Ghost") and written by Pamela Gray, feel miraculously right.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Caine makes Hampton's too-literary narration work by playing it as an inner dialogue: It's the best performance of narration I've ever heard. It makes you want to hear Caine read the whole book--or read anything.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is an absolutely miraculous movie.
    • 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
    Almost to a one, the people Guest casts are virtuosos, and he lets them hit notes they can't hit anywhere else.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Mike Myers is like a rich 12-year-old who rents out F.A.O. Schwartz, upends every toy in under two hours, and brings in strippers. He can get away with this privileged romp because he grooves on what he does in a way that none of his contemporaries -- can comprehend.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I found it exquisite. In part I responded out of sheer amazement: I've never seen anything like the sequences in which Sandler, in his boxy, sea-blue suit, charges around his warehouse to the rhythm of Brion's harsh drums.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Poetry in motion: It's eggsquisite.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Demme's movie exuberantly crosses the border from documentary into hagiography and from hagiography into celebration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Gorgeously silly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A big, overlong, and rather unwieldy piece of storytelling, but the story it has to tell is so vital that it cuts through all the dramaturgical muddiness. It's a terrific muckraking melodrama--it will get people fuming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    During the ghastly, surreal climax, I had fun closing one eye and with the other watching various ashen older men stumble toward the exit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie becomes a nail-biter, the audience hanging on every letter. Who could have anticipated that a spelling competition would yield such a heartbreaking thriller?
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Most love stories are bland and generalized. This one takes you deep inside the dance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's like an Ingmar Bergman film with the loss of religious faith replaced with a sort of socioeconomic nebulousness.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A rollicking, comic-book Robin Hood plot and more furiously entertaining fight scenes than the ones in Ang Lee's solemn martial-arts art movie.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Ends very abruptly, at a point where you're ready to hang out with it a while. I wanted it to go on and on, but that ending is right. It leaves you the way American movies almost never do: relaxed, receptive, and happy in the moment, not even caring if your train comes in.