David Edelstein
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For 1,627 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

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  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Starting Out in the Evening
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
1,627 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is the Bill Murray performance we've been waiting for: Saturday Night Live meets Chekhov.
    • 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."
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Ends very abruptly, at a point where you're ready to hang out with it a while. I wanted it to go on and on, but that ending is right. It leaves you the way American movies almost never do: relaxed, receptive, and happy in the moment, not even caring if your train comes in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Master and Commander hooks you from its nifty opening salvo to its nifty closing punch line.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The miracle of the movie is the Bolger sisters, who are so direct and matter-of-fact that they hardly seem to be acting. But their simplicity is radiant.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is an absolutely miraculous movie.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Gallo’s movie is terrific, an original and disarming vision of a life that's all skids.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Demme's movie exuberantly crosses the border from documentary into hagiography and from hagiography into celebration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I wasn't prepared for the slap-happy brilliance of Shrek 2, which should ideally be seen twice--once with kids, once savored at something like a midnight show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's a remarkable film--one to gnaw at you and keep you up at night.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the tone of the picture that's most striking. This is nothing less than a superhero's lament--Spidey Agonistes, a comic-book spectacle in which the primary struggles are behind the mask.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It strides above its crudeness like a colossus. It's smart people telling dumb jokes with a brilliant sense of irony. Anchorman gives you permission to laugh like an idiot.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The sequel is simply a tour-de-force of thriller filmmaking.

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