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 The Kids Are All Right
Lowest review score: 0 Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000
Score distribution:
1,700 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's irresistible, damn it. Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Riveting and so suggestive that you can't consume it passively: You have to brood on it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Rich, finely judged, gorgeously acted movie.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Anderson must have needed that bonkers third-hour climax because there was nowhere to go short of spontaneous combustion.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    What Steven Spielberg has accomplished in Saving Private Ryan is to make violence terrible again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This isn't just the most riotously inventive movie of the year, it's the raunch anthem of the age.
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a magnificent achievement—holes, tatters, crudities, screw-ups, and all.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Pitch-perfect -- not just the most enjoyable movie of the year but the first (after Crumb) to get the tone of a certain strain of "underground" comic right.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Of all the great vocal characterizations...the showstopper is Brooks, who hasn't had a part this good since "Lost in America" (1985). His Marlin is tender, cranky, hysterical, yet somehow lucid.
    • 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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