David Edelstein

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For 1,792 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The World's End
Lowest review score: 0 Men in Black II
Score distribution:
1792 movie reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    A decent-enough rambunctious Southern-drive-in sort of time-waster, missing only the bare boobs that would make it the perfect socially irresponsible sexist entertainment for rednecks and uptight liberal elites who'd like to live the country-boy dream for a few hours. (Howdy, y'all!)
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Too long, too sexist, and too--shall we say--flaccid. But it has its moments.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Aeon Flux is not that terrible. It's certainly more fun than a lot of films that get lovingly showcased.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Brokeback Mountain could use a little more of it--by which I mean more sweat and other bodily fluids. Ang Lee's formalism is so extreme that it's often laughable, and the sex is depicted as a holy union: Gay love has never been so sacred.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    To work onscreen, Thank You for Smoking needed to be fast, scruffy, and offhand. But even the good lines here last a self-congratulatory beat too long. Aaron Eckhart is likable, but he's too hangdog and naturalistic for a part that could have used a brisk young Jack Lemmon type.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The Science of Sleep transports you, but it strands you, too. Apart from the time-machine bit and two or three other daft exchanges, Gondry’s scenes tend to circle around the same drain: the hero’s insufferable narcissism.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    An unusually powerful mess, a broad satire of suburban self-indulgence with little in the way of a consistent style, and with a character who's serious business: a convicted child molester.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The tit-for-tat scenario ought to be wildly entertaining, but the magic is crude, the characters flyweight, and the story protracted and unpleasant.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Except for a screamingly funny climax in which he attempts to kidnap Pamela Anderson (who reportedly wasn't in on the joke), I found the Borat feature (directed by Larry Charles, who does similar duties on "Curb Your Enthusiasm") depressing; and the paroxysms of the audience reinforced the feeling that I was watching a bearbaiting or pigsticking.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    In their last collaboration, "21 Grams," the director Alejandro González Iñárritu and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga did syntactical acrobatics to disguise what a dreary and exploitive little soap opera they’d made. Their new movie, Babel, is more mysterious and less coherent.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The tall, cool Kidman works hard to impersonate a woman possessed, but she's not the type of actress to fill in a role that hasn't been filled in on paper.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The movie would be more bearable without the unyielding score by Clint Mansell, which somehow melds the worst of Minimalism, art rock, and New Age music. It's what you'd hear if your massage therapist wanted to induce a stroke.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    I know I'm going to bring down the room by saying I think it's just okay. Well, Jennifer Hudson is more than okay.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Steven Soderbergh is usually an inspired chameleon, perfectly suiting his style to his content. But The Good German is an ambitious miss...It's all very beautiful, high-minded, and remote.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Inland Empire is way, way beyond my powers of ratiocination. It's the higher math.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    This is an ambitious midlife-crisis movie that valiantly weaves together big themes, among them the nagging guilt of the successful, wealthy artist.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Working in a mini-genre whose bones would appear to have been picked clean by the likes of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven, Glosserman and Stieve find a few pints of fresh blood.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Avenue Montaigne would be difficult to stomach if it weren't so light and uninsistent, and if its actors weren't so charming. I still rolled my eyes--but sometimes I do that when I get a really good croissant.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    This is the first big-studio action picture with some of the disgusted, bloody nihilism of the post-Vietnam era.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The film is slick when it needs to be raw, tidy when it needs to sprawl, and amorphous when it needs to focus.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    If "Psycho" and "Peeping Tom" are the seminal killer-as-voyeur movies, Vacancy is the nasty little runt offspring with no other purpose in life but to gnaw on you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    If you want proof that Will Ferrell is the most riotously funny straight man since Jack Benny, observe the way his utter sincerity (in the Ralph Bellamy role, as Wendell’s rival for Eva Mendes) lifts this two-ton piece of whimsy into the stratosphere.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The film is based on a novel by Susan Minot--one of those books where the author doesn't deign to put dialogue in quotation marks for fear of dispelling the dreamlike mood. It works on paper, but Minot, who shares credit for the adaptation with fellow novelist Michael Cunningham, doesn't understand that screenwriting is the art of taking away.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The line between eeriness and tedium is fatally fluid.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    A bearable period chick flick with a self-congratulatory “realistic” conceit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The movie has grand (and Grand Guignol) bits and pieces, but despite the hype it’s no big deal. By horror standards, the premise isn’t especially outlandish.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    With all the narration and fits of slow motion, the movie seems like the work of a nervous chain-smoker. It lacks concentration--and with it, the potential for rapture.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Hit and miss, but its tone of lyric melancholy is remarkably sustained.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    Too often, it’s the MOVIE that isn’t there. What’s meant to be archetypal comes across as superficial.

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