David Edelstein
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For 1,631 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Blackfish
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,631 movie reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The Queen is the most reverent irreverent comedy imaginable. Or maybe it's the most irreverent reverent comedy. Either way, it's a small masterpiece.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    You should see Happy Feet--not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Bird clearly knows the great silent clowns: The slapstick he devises is balletic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    For all its portentousness, this is the best Harry Potter picture yet. In some ways, it improves on J.K. Rowling’s novel, which is punishingly protracted and builds to a climactic wand-off better seen than read.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Might be the most provocative teen sex comedy ever made; it is certainly one of the most convulsively funny.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Above all is Langella, achingly vulnerable under layers of flesh. In one scene, alone, he eats peanut butter intensely, thoughtfully, and nothing he could do as Hamlet would seem deeper or more poetic.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The film is a masterpiece in which “locked-in” syndrome becomes the human condition.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Anderson’s fearless, bighearted filmmaking is an antidote to the toxic cloud of Manifest Destiny. He has made a mad American classic.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The new Pixar picture Wall-E is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savored before or after the end of the world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    I've never seen a movie with this mixture of fullness and desolation. Rachel Getting Married is a masterpiece.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Cantet's real-time classroom scenes are revelations: They make you understand that teaching is moment to moment, an endless series of negotiations that hang on intangibles—on imagination and empathy and the struggle to stay centered. This is a remarkable movie.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It has taken an animated film to go where live-action dramas and even documentaries haven't--to tickle our synapses and slip into our bloodstream.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Hats off to Olivier Assayas's plain yet hauntingly beautiful Summer Hours, a true--albeit nonsecular--meditation on art and eternal life.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The end of The Cove is as rousing as anything from Hollywood. Manipulative? Sure--but isn't that fitting? Capitalism has driven an entire village to massacre dolphins and keep its work hidden.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Pantheism, Cameronism: In Avatar, what's the diff? Now he's king of a world he made from scratch.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    For grown-ups, the film will touch something deeper: the heartfelt wish that childhood memories will never fade.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    For all the horror, it's the drive toward life, not the decay, that lingers in the mind. As a modern heroine, Ree Dolly has no peer, and Winter's Bone is the year's most stirring film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The self-satire of The Kids Are All Right is so knowing, so rich, so hilarious, so damn healthy that it blows all thoughts of degeneracy out of your head.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is, no doubt about it, a tour de force, a work that fully lives up to its director's ambitions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The vision is as hateful as it is hate-filled, but the fusion of form and content is so perfect that it borders on the sublime.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Spielberg has been ridiculed for shooting his actors from below against impossibly Spielbergian skies and a denouement that lays the love on copiously. But there's nothing simpleminded about how he uses movie magic, as a spell to dispel nihilism, to save us from the worst of ourselves by summoning up the best.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Everything he did in live-action movies with rolling boulders and runaway convoys he does bigger and better - by a factor of ten - in every frame. At the end of two hours, my jaw ached from grinning.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The Avengers is both campy and ­reverential. Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Pi has designed his own terrarium to keep from staring directly into the abyss. It's not denial. It's faith in something else: the transformative power of storytelling. The film is transcendent.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    As a moral statement, Zero Dark Thirty is borderline fascistic. As a piece of cinema, it's phenomenally gripping - an unholy masterwork.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Something sacred passes between Trintignant and Riva. The actress's eyes signal deep awareness as the sounds coming out of her mouth become animalistic.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Fruitvale Station will rock your world — and, if the life of Oscar Grant means anything, compel you to work to change it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It’s true that the number of whales in captivity isn’t huge. But they’ve now become the mightiest symbols of our cultural hubris — of our inability to manage creatures we have the power to capture and imprison. It’s a metaphor for the ages.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is by light-years the most entertaining movie of the year. How many apocalyptic sci-fi action extravaganzas leave you feeling as if the world is just beginning?
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Osder has made a documentary that’s astonishingly in the present tense.

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