David Edelstein

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For 1,905 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Marjorie Prime
Lowest review score: 0 Domino
Score distribution:
1905 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The pretty good thriller Lockout peaks with its first shot...When the camera moves and the plot kicks in - as it must - the movie loses its witty economy. Things get cluttered.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    I also thrilled to identify with a male lead (Jon Favreau) who's as brilliant and crazy and self-absorbed as Woody Allen or Albert Brooks but whose self-absorption doesn't shape and color everything else in the movie.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Apart from Theron and Christina Ricci as her lover, there's nothing in Monster that rises above the level of doggedly well-meaning, although the film is worth seeing for the acting and as a sort of palate-teaser for Broomfield and Churchill's documentary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    If you can forget what it’s saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Panic Room is fluidly made, and it keeps the audience quiet and unpleasantly gripped. But the only surprise is the absence of surprise; that trap is in too-plain view.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The glibness exhausts you, and the Coens are emotionally so far outside their subject that Intolerable Cruelty is finally no different from most of the other dumb slapstick spoofs that pass for screwball comedy these days.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The best scene is when Hellboy and Abe get drunk and sing out raucously, which after "Hancock" suggests a trend toward superhero alcoholism.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    It would be easy to dismiss as 100 percent ersatz if it didn't rekindle at least some of the old excitement - and if the magic of Spielberg's older movies didn't filter through, like light from a distant galaxy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Woody Allen’s philosophical thriller Irrational Man is irrationally entertaining. It shouldn’t work. It’s laughably plotted and sketchily written. Intellectually, it’s jejune — or at least high in jejunosity. But if you can manage to keep your eye-rolling in check, you might find yourself getting into it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The X-Files isn't so much a bad movie as it is a crackerjack piece of television. It's crisply made--not sodden like many of the "Star Trek" pictures. But it's as annoyingly open-ended as the rest of the series' episodes.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Bello is an excellent actress and makes Sophie’s anguish credible, although she can’t rise above the material.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Ant-Man isn’t much more than pleasant (Peyton Reed directs limply), but anything Marvel that doesn’t feel Marvel-ish makes me smile.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    A more down-to-earth actor would sentimentalize Breakfast on Pluto and make for an awkward fit with its peculiar mix of tones. Murphy's strangeness--his chill estrangement--makes his campy "Kitten" persona more poignant.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    It’s absorbing for a long while, at least half its two-hour running time — an evocatively photographed soap opera with actors who are impossibly gorgeous and yet human-looking — but it goes on and on, piling on twists, adding devices so clunky they’d have embarrassed most nineteenth-century problem-dramatists, refusing to jell despite the actors’ prodigious suffering.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    I prefer the Farrellys when they're disreputable and push the boundaries of taste, because they're otherwise a tad sentimental.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    A frightening, infuriating, yet profoundly compassionate documentary about the indoctrination of children by the Evangelical right.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The more subversive Instinct gets in proclaiming free will an illusion fostered by a rigidly repressive society, the more captive it seems to a rigidly repressive studio marketing department.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    There is nothing wrong with the action sequences beyond their sheer length and number. They're in the "Road Warrior" mode: hyper-fast and vicious.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The jumping around is as deft as a hippo in a tutu, and the director, Gavin Hood, never finds a rhythm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Frances Ha is an irritant when it lingers. When Baumbach’s touch is more glancing — when he cuts before the humiliation — it sings.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    It’s not a great movie, but it’s haunting, a sort of one-stop shop for a range of cultural anxieties — plague, environmental catastrophe, big government threatening the sanctity of home and family.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Watching Spike Lee’s decent but unmemorable remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 revenge picture "Oldboy," I kept trying to figure out why he’d done it.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    It's an entertainingly cynical small movie. Aaron Sorkin's dialogue tumbles out so fast it's as if the characters want their brains to keep pace with their processors; they talk like they keyboard, like Fincher directs, with no time for niceties.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Birdman is the very definition of a tour de force, and Iñárritu’s overheated technique meshes perfectly with the (enjoyable) overacting—the performers know this is a theatrical exercise and obviously relish the chance to Do It Big. But what comes out of the characters’ mouths is not so fresh.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Lindholm finds a unique balance between social and individual responsibility. There’s plenty of blame to go around.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The tasteless bombardment that is Les Misérables would, under most circumstances, send audiences screaming from the theater, but the film is going to be a monster hit and award winner, and not entirely unjustly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The movie does get under your skin (the tremulous misfit girl, Hannah, might be a breakout role model), but the way it has been put together reminds me of those animal shows where the crew nudges the gazelles in the direction of the lions with multiple cameras standing by.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The action-thriller The Accountant is laughable, but when you’re not laughing at it, you’re laughing with it. It’s enjoyable enough.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    A Joyful Noise overcomes. The big numbers are a gospel-pop-funk fusion that made me think, Hmmm, this seems very processed - before I noticed my feet were tapping of their own accord. How can you resist that wah-wah funk guitar?
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The key to a good B-mystery is that all the actors should be a little stilted. You should never know the difference between an actor acting badly and an actor doing a masterful acting job of someone acting badly. In Non-Stop, there is much excellent bad acting.

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