David Edelstein
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For 1,667 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 WALL-E
Lowest review score: 0 Funny Games (2008)
Score distribution:
1,667 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It’s sensational in the open air and subtle in smaller, enclosed spaces. It has sweep and intimacy. And, yes, we need this movie now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best American movie of the year. Has a subtext so powerful that it reaches out and pulls you under. Even when the surface is tranquil, you know in your guts what's at stake.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The Avengers is both campy and ­reverential. Comic-Con nerds will have multiple orgasms. I had a blast.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    For grown-ups, the film will touch something deeper: the heartfelt wish that childhood memories will never fade.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    By the climax, we can hardly breathe -- The outcome is less important than our utter and complete empathy with this man. As we await what he does, we breathe with him, in and out. This is an astonishing movie.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best film of 2002.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    An unassuming gem: an impishly funny, melancholy, absolutely delightful English ensemble drama.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Pantheism, Cameronism: In Avatar, what's the diff? Now he's king of a world he made from scratch.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The band's implosion and reassembly makes for one of the most marvelous rock documentaries of all time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best movie of the last several years: the most evocative, the most mysterious, the most inconsolably devastating.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Fashioned by a buff, The Lord of the Rings is a banquet for the buff in us all. I left exhausted, happy, intoxicated.
    • 100 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Living with Mason and his parents over time you feel an intimacy, an empathy, a shared stake. I’m not saying Boyhood is the greatest film I’ve ever seen, but I’m thinking there’s my life before I saw it and my life now, and it’s different; I know movies can do something that just last week I didn’t. They can make time visible.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Osder has made a documentary that’s astonishingly in the present tense.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The movie is as cornball as all get-out and — once you discern the narrative arc — as predictable. But then there’s the part that’s — as we serious cinephiles like to say — infuckingcredible.
    • 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?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Igby Goes Down got a reaction from me: I think it's the movie of the year. I squirmed, I laughed a lot.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Perhaps the most awesome thing in Mr. Turner is how Leigh and cinematographer Dick Pope hint at Turner’s paintings in their landscapes — not to make the film look painterly but to suggest what Turner saw before transmuting reality into art.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It’s breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it’s a perfect film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    No, I couldn't be more pleased with what the screenwriter, Steven Kloves, and the director, Mike Newell, have wrought this time.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The exhilaration is slow to build. It doesn't come from any one thing but from countless crosscurrents, tiny bits of color that fill out the portrait.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    This is an amazing movie.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Isn't just the most explosively entertaining movie musical in a couple of decades. It's going to be the most influential: the one that inspires the rebirth of the Hollywood musical.

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