David Edelstein
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For 1,667 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 WALL-E
Lowest review score: 0 Funny Games (2008)
Score distribution:
1,667 movie reviews
    • 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?
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In totalitarian societies, artists have found all sorts of ways - some brilliantly imaginative - to disguise their political protest, but Panahi has no subterfuges left. This Is Not a Film ends with a whimper that is a bang. He must be freed.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    With her swanlike neck and ever-flushing complexion, Felicity Jones has a perfect nineteenth-century look, but there’s something forward and modern about her physiognomy, her huge eyes and strong nose and overbite. As she gazes down in enforced modesty, you feel her soul about to burst. The performance is startlingly vivid.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The sequel is simply a tour-de-force of thriller filmmaking.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Satrapi’s parents ship her off to a French school in Vienna, but she’s rudderless, ungrounded. She’s drawn back to a devastated Tehran, where she can’t design a life, either. This great film, by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, is that life, designed. It freed her mind; it frees ours.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Burton, bless him, constricts the space and concentrates the melodrama; he finds the perfect balance between the funereal and the ferocious. Above all, he treasures these ghouls: He digs both their bloodlust and their melancholy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Chris & Don is the rarest of documentaries: a realistic portrait of the human spirit.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is the Bill Murray performance we've been waiting for: Saturday Night Live meets Chekhov.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Anyone who loves live-wire acting will gasp in awe at Blanchett, more emotionally exposed than ever, and, most of all, at Dame Judi, who’s so electric she makes you quiver.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A monument to process -- to the minutiae of making art -- Topsy-Turvy leaves you upside down and breathless.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a magnificent achievement—holes, tatters, crudities, screw-ups, and all.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Her
    In Her, Jonze transforms his music-video aesthetic into something magically personal. The montages — silent, flickering inserts of Theodore and his ex-wife recollected in tranquility — are sublime.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Poetry in motion: It's eggsquisite.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A stupendously moving film. Neeson nails Kinsey's rock-hard decency and fragile ego, and Linney abets him beautifully: There isn't an actress in movies right now who's more simply alive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The resulting film is bizarre to the point of ­trippiness, yet it’s one of the most lucid portraits of evil I’ve ever seen.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's hugely entertaining, it's spectacularly acted, and it pricks you in all kinds of places. Maybe the best thing is to see it and let it bug you, too.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Hoffman goes beyond the surface mannerisms and diction. He disappears into Capote.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Nichols has a genius for making landscapes and everyday objects resonate like crazy, for nailing the texture of dread.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A breezy hoot, and it's gorgeous to look at.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Most love stories are bland and generalized. This one takes you deep inside the dance.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Remarkable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Hot-dog Hong Kong action stylist Johnnie To has never achieved the cult status of John Woo in this country, but his explosively entertaining — and startlingly splattery — Drug War should win him new fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In The Flight of the Red Balloon, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien uses Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 masterpiece "The Red Balloon" as a springboard for his own masterpiece--a distinctively modern and allusive one, yet so tender and plaintive that you understand what Hou is up to on a preconscious level.

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