David Edelstein

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For 1,800 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 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Big Short
Lowest review score: 0 15 Minutes
Score distribution:
1800 movie reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a rich, impressive comic-book fantasy -- easily the summer's best "blockbuster."
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It’s richer than anything onscreen right now. It’s worth the pain.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The film is a nearly unrelenting nightmare. Even interviews shot with the survivors after the fact have a current of dread.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    One of the most enthralling three hours you'll ever spend at the theater.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    There isn't a banal moment in Winslet's performance--not a gesture, not a word. Is Winslet now the best English-speaking film actress of her generation? I think so.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Guillermo del Toro is in a class with Peter Jackson as a fan-boy who gets it--a brilliant filmmaker who has a kind of metabolic connection to horror and sci-fi that helps him transform secondhand genre material into something deep and nourishing. Del Toro reaches into himself and finds the Wagnerian grandeur in schlock.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Beat by beat, scene by scene, gorgeous...at times emotionally devastating.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This Pride & Prejudice (ampersand and all) a joy to behold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    For all its slickness, School of Rock has a let's-put-on-a-show quality that touches you in the most direct way a movie can. It's as if the filmmakers had said, "I'd like to teach the world to kick butt--in perfect harmony."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Outrageously entertaining.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    So Polley has gone meta — exuberantly, entertainingly, with all her heart.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This movie is utterly irresistible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's hard to know whether to marvel or weep when James Carville goes into his Bill Clinton–meets–Looney Tunes act in Rachel Boynton's knockout documentary Our Brand Is Crisis--the context is so morally topsy-turvy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Fukunaga’s hurtling camera and taut cutting keep Beasts of No Nation only just this side of hallucinatory, and Elba is the kind of titanic actor to kick it to a near-mythic level.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Pure and universal.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Best of Youth doesn't have a boring millisecond. It isn't an art film, with longueurs; it's a mini-series with the sweep of a classic novel, with tons of plot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The most enthralling movie of the year.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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