For 860 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 45% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 The Adventures of Tintin
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 60 out of 860
860 movie reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Exposed, abandoned, branded as traitors, the Wilsons finally have no choice but to tell their story, the latest chapter of which is this potent Hollywood melodrama.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's probably easier for an ex-prosecutor known for macho threats to say he got caught screwing than for him to say he got screwed. But folks, he was reamed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's hard to do justice to Hawkins's acting, because you never actually see it: Her Rita simply is.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's a prizewinning combination, terribly English and totally Hollywood, and Firth is, once more, uncanny: He evokes, in mid-stammer, existential dread.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    True Grit isn't as momentous an event as you might hope, but once you adjust to its deliberate rhythms (it starts slowly), it's a charming, deadpan Western comedy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie has so much texture that once it gets you, you're good and got.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Blue Valentine leaves you with the shattering vision of its truest victim-the one who'll someday look for safety in places it might not be. And the psychodrama will go on and on …
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Another year, another Mike Leigh gem.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie ends abruptly-too abruptly for my taste-but the gaiety lingers through the closing credits. Not even apocalypse can dispel the sexy vibes.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    This sensationally engineered promo film makes Justin Bieber look like a true force of nature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie has none of the smugness of "­American Beauty": You could dream of living in a world like this.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's a crackerjack ride, shot and edited for maximum discombobulation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams is sometimes frozen by Herzog's awe. But it's hard not to love him for always trying to look beyond the surface of things, to find a common chord in the landscape of dreams.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Has a mixture of bloodletting and exultation that would make Sam Peckinpah sit up in his grave and howl with pleasure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That lawn with its scraps of a ruined life is a setting both satirical and poignant, and Will Ferrell gives a performance of Chekhovian depth.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    After warming up with "The Thin Red Line" and "The New World," Malick has succeeded in fully creating his own film syntax, his own temporal reality, and lo, it is … kind of goofy. But riveting.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    You get a bad feeling early in Project Nim, the brilliant, traumatizing documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire).
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    HPATDH 2 works like a charm. A funereal charm, to be sure, but then, there's no time left for larks.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Cornish, like Edgar Wright (who directed "Shaun of the Dead" and was an executive producer here), can parody a genre in a way that revitalizes it, that reminds you why the genre was born in the first place. The movie is in a different galaxy than "Cowboys & Aliens": It has, in both senses, guts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I hate to damage so fragile a work with overpraise, but, gay or straight, if you don't see yourself in this movie, you need to get a life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A hell of a picture. And shrewd.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Payne is too acerbic - maybe too much of an asshole - to settle for easy humanism. But he's too smart a dramatist to settle for easy derision. Mockery and empathy seesaw, the balance precarious - and thrillingly so. It's the noblest kind of satire: cruel and yet, in the end, lacking the killing blow.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I've heard it said that Le Carré's work lost its savor with the end of the Cold War, which is as dumb as discounting "Coriolanus" because Romans and ­Volscians are no longer killing each other. Le Carré's subject was the national character and what happened to it under threat and in the absence of public scrutiny. It could hardly be, mutatis mutandis, more contemporary.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The final twist is both baffling and repulsive, but as an evocation of the triumph of evil, it's peerless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    In outline, In Darkness is a standard conversion melodrama, but little within those parameters is easy. The darkness lingers into the light.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Westfeldt, now 42, belongs to a generation (and class) of people for whom nothing about having kids is easy. Her intensity feels just right - better than in any film I've seen in years - for How We Breed Now.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    There's nothing like a film about wayward passions to remind you how differently people feel things.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The compact Hennie is a wonderful actor, smoothly congenial when confident, uproarious when rattled. And he will be rattled-as well as stabbed, shorn, bitten, mangled, and worse.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Crosses the blood-brain barrier like … like … whatever the drug is, I haven't tried it, thank God. The movie eats into your mind - ­slowly.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    In addition to being fast, funny, and unpretentious, Brave is a happy antidote to all the recent films in which women triumph by besting men at their own macho games.