David Edelstein

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For 1,918 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 2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Election
Lowest review score: 0 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Score distribution:
1918 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A warm, ingratiating, and fitfully hilarious epicurean road movie with a steady ache-an ache like a red-wine hangover.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    For all its wizardry, The Incredibles isn't among my favorite animated movies. Weirdly enough, I think of it, instead, as one of my favorite live-action superhero pictures.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A marvelous feat of re-imagination.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Soderbergh contrives the perfect voice for Leonard's prose--laid-back and grooving when it needs to be, but also taut, with the eerie foreboding of violence about to erupt.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The smartest, funniest, and best-looking sci-fi comedy since the movies learned to morph.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A marvelously nasty revenge comedy.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    As the ghouls evolve toward humanity and the humans toward ghouldom, we can appreciate Romero for using horror to show us How We Live Now, and How We're Living Dead now, too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Remarkable.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the human struggle that makes this a sci-fi masterpiece.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Audiard's take is fevered, immediate, and hopeful--a story of a man recovering his soul. The most intense and compelling sections of The Beat are almost word for word from "Fingers" (albeit translated into French), but this beat changes everything.

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