David Edelstein
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For 1,623 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 Black Swan
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,623 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Apocalypto turns into the best "Rambo" movie ever made. The worrisome part is that Gibson doesn't think he's making a boneheaded action picture. For him, torture and vengeance are the way of the world. This is Gibsonian metaphysics.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    For my money, Flags (however clunky) cuts more deeply, but Letters is more difficult to shake off. Together, they leave you with the feeling that even a just and necessary war is an abomination.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Children of Men is a bouillabaisse of up-to-the-minute terrors. It's a wow, though.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    His palette here is deep-toned, with bottomless blacks and supersaturated oranges and blues--as if the Walt Disney of "Pinocchio" had collaborated with Goya.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I was utterly gripped by The Italian. The only problem is that I was rooting for the bad guys.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That's the beauty of Mafioso: that what begins as a comedy of disconnection becomes a tragicomedy of connection -- of roots that go deep and branches that span continents.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's one of the best kinds of documentaries--not calculated but serendipitous.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The Host packs a lot into its two tumultuous hours: lyrically disgusting special effects, hair-raising chases, outlandish political satire, and best of all, a dysfunctional-family psychodrama--an odyssey that's like a grisly reworking of "Little Miss Sunshine."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    James Scurlock's documentary Maxed Out, tells the bone-chilling, bloodcurdling, hair-raising story of a country (guess which one?) that's up to its eyeballs in credit-card debt.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That title would suit a melodrama with an emphasis on doomed love, which is not what Loach has crafted. There is a (chaste) love story and plenty of bloodletting. But what engages him and his screenwriter, Paul Laverty, is the growing tension between brother Irish rebels.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    As the political rhetoric between Washington and Tehran becomes dangerously overheated, Offside offers an intimate antidote: an affectionate glimpse into the cultural schisms that young Tehranis face every day. Western audiences will cheer the rebellious girls on.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I'm looking forward to buying Blades of Glory on DVD so I can get my head around the phenomenal skating routines. Obviously, there were wires and lifts and computer-generated effects, but for my money it looked like the lumbering Ferrell and nerdy Heder were Olympic-worthy stylists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Frank's writing is razor-sharp, his filmmaking whistle-clean. As a fan of sharp razors and clean whistles, I enjoyed The Lookout--yet I did feel let down by the climax, which ought to have been blunter and messier and crazier and more cathartic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I urge you not to pass up Black Book, especially on a wide screen. It's a marvelous movie-movie, with a new screen goddess. Van Houten has a soft, heart-shaped face on top of a body so naturally, ripely beautiful it has its own kind of truth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The fun is in the one-thing-after-another delirium the movie induces, and in our breathless anticipation of what they'll hurl at us next.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    One way you know that D.J. Caruso is a resourceful director is that he scares you silly with a minimum of violence and a few smears of blood. His job was certainly made easier by Morse, whose glassy demeanor and high, soft rasp suggests horrors that not even Quentin Tarantino could imagine.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Away From Her is a twilight-of-life love story, one that harshly demolishes our romantic notions of love and loyalty, then replaces them with something deeper and, finally, more consoling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Blistering and nihilistic--a vision to reduce you to a puddle of despair.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The film is, in fact, a cunning exercise in subjectivity and withheld information--and once you accept those parameters, it’s riveting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Computer-generated animated movies with wall-to-wall jokes can be excruciating, but these jokes are the funniest money can buy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Bug
    Has the feverish compression of live theater and the moody expansiveness of film. The mix is insanely powerful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The greatness of Golden Door is its tone; sympathetic but always wry.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Knocked Up feels very NOW. The banter is bruisingly funny, the characters BRILLIANTLY childish, the portrait of our culture's narrowing gap between children and their elders hysterical--in all senses.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's so money! It's so fun!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It takes some time to realize we're in a maelstrom--going down down down into a saga of obsession, sadism, masochism, and codependency that was and remains one of the great, sick tabloid stories of all time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's madly funny--a treat for moviegoers who don't mind gnawed-off limbs with their high jinks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I found the first half-hour a snooze, but once I adjusted to the movie's rhythms, I was completely enraptured. Ferran weaves the love affair into nature, but not in the mystical, sanctified manner of Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Sicko is Moore’s best film: a documentary that mixes outrage, hope, and gonzo stunts in the right proportions; that poses profound questions about the connection between health care and work.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A meticulous, thoroughly engrossing lesson in how not to win friends (or wars) and influence people (or potential terrorists).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Kohn’s gripping Manda Bala is the opposite of a high-school science doc. It’s a free-form portrait of a place--Brazil--with scary running motifs: kidnapping, mutilation, plastic surgery, bulletproofing, and frog farming.

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