David Edelstein
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For 1,648 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 Funny Games (2008)
Score distribution:
1,648 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    One of the most inspired cases of the medium embodying the message ever captured on celluloid.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Best in Show has an uproarious wild card in Fred Willard, who plays a hack commentator convinced that he's the most amusing fellow on television
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Poetry in motion: It's eggsquisite.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Most love stories are bland and generalized. This one takes you deep inside the dance.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Crowe's world is an open ecosystem --transcendentally open. This movie is his boombox held aloft.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the way Cuarón demonstrates how a simple teen comedy can suddenly blossom into a study of sexual mores, a Mexican political allegory, a song of lamentation -- and still be breezy and funny and sexy as hell.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is riotously entertaining, and with a big heart, too.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy -- easily the summer's best "blockbuster."
    • 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.

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