David Edelstein

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For 1,700 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 47% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 51% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Donnie Brasco
Lowest review score: 0 Men in Black II
Score distribution:
1,700 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In the end, the point of this ridiculous, arduous, oft-interrupted odyssey turns out to be elusive — and is all the richer for it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is phenomenally gripping—although it does leave you queasy, uncertain what to take away on the subject of men, women, marriage, and the possibility of intimacy from the example of such prodigiously messed-up people.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    As a go-for-it music movie, Whiplash is just about peerless. The fear is contagious, but so is the jazz vibe: When Andrew snatches up his sticks and the band launches into a standard—say, Hank Levy’s “Whiplash”—it’s hard not to smile, judder, and sway.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is Kent’s first feature — an astonishing debut. Not perfect, though.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The brilliance of Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem is that, without a shift in tone, the film begins to seem like a tragedy populated by clowns, its males clinging to ancient laws to compensate for feebleness of character.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Please don’t bore me by complaining that the characters are “unlikable.” The defense admits that the movie is indefensible. Just breathe in the aroma of decay and howl like a banshee.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Whatever his foibles, An Honest Liar depicts a great American original — a man who has taught a generation of scientists, magicians, and even certain film critics that our senses must be trained to detect the smell of bullshit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Árpád Halász is the credited “animal trainer for 280 dogs,” Teresa Ann Miller the handler of Bodie and Luke — better actors than half this year’s Academy Award nominees. This is the new gold standard for nature-bites-back movies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Assayas’s pace is easy, his structure linear: no tricky flashbacks, no jagged cuts. There’s so little in the way of histrionics that it’s hard to put one’s finger on why the film is so terrifically intense — except that each actress is, in her own peculiar way, preternaturally high-strung, able to convey momentous emotional stakes without raising her voice above the pitch of conversation.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Mad Max: Fury Road is certainly a blast and a half: You don’t just watch it, you rock out to it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    What’s extraordinary about Tangerine is that it’s everything an entertaining, old-fashioned, mainstream Hollywood comedy should be but no longer is. That nowadays you have to get this kind of stuff via Sundance from directors using iPhones is a drag — the wrong kind.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A haunting, morbidly romantic melodrama with obvious links to "Vertigo," but from a reverse angle.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A grave screwball comedy. Its gags aren't just hilarious -- they have a weighty, plaintive soul.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A monument to process -- to the minutiae of making art -- Topsy-Turvy leaves you upside down and breathless.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A hilarious, poignant, lovingly ironic celebration of (Tammy Faye Bakker's) rise and fall and her refusal to be broken.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Beat by beat, scene by scene, gorgeous...at times emotionally devastating.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Gorgeously silly.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Not enough happens in it. And yet everything happens in it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    One of the most enthralling three hours you'll ever spend at the theater.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    If I didn't believe that the experience of watching Domestic Violence would change the world for the better, I wouldn't believe in the power of movies. And I wouldn't do what I do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The most enthralling movie of the year.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Both a masterpiece and a holy hell: Watching it, you feel you're being punished for a crime you didn't commit. Which puts you, come to think of it, in the same frame of mind as those poor Magdalene girls.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A disgusting piece of work; I still can't believe how much I loved it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A breezy hoot, and it's gorgeous to look at.

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