David Edelstein
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For 1,616 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Waltz with Bashir
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1,616 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    Excruciatingly bad...Probably if Redux hadn't been acclaimed as a newly minted masterpiece, I wouldn't have felt so compelled to blow raspberries.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 20 David Edelstein
    It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    Chill to the core, Haneke presents human cruelty not to make us empathize with the victims or understand the oppressors but to rub our noses in the crimes of our species. He thinks he’s held on to the subversive ideals of punk, but all I smell is skunk.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    An affectless piece of moviemaking.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    This is a rhythmless, stupefying work. A person with no discernible pulse ought not to be directing a movie about disco.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    Psychologically thin, artistically flabby, and symbolically opaque.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    The movie spreads bad vibes like a virus.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    This is a movie that sends you out shuddering, chuckling nervously, wanting to tell the people in line for the next show, "It's the feel-bad movie of the year!"
    • 70 Metascore
    • 10 David Edelstein
    I found it so oppressively smug that I had to get up and pace the aisles three or four times, and I'd have bolted if I hadn't been duty bound to stick it out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    As usual with Penn, I don't completely buy the character, but I completely buy that he has brilliantly internalized SOMETHING. He goes to some weird psychological places, our Sean.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    When a movie wrenches you with the deaths of children then leaves you with nothing to take home but your confusion, it can make you thirsty for the blood of directors.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    The performances are so terrible that it's hard to know whether Cronenberg wants to signal that much of what we're seeing isn't "real" or he has just forgotten how to write for hemoglobular flesh vessels--i.e., human beings.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    A somnolent load of wank.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    Schrader is like a reformed addict who isn't even honest enough to show what once gave him pleasure. He's the most dangerous kind of crusader. In Auto Focus, he makes you hate sex and movies equally.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    The laborious title of an even more laborious Cockney action movie that some people think is the cat's pajamas crossbred with the bee's knees.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    Ends up leaving you starved for a single moment of unhyped emotion. You can barely see the characters for Luhrmann screaming.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    A fair number of people have responded with tears and laughs to Saving Mr. Banks, but I found it interminable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 20 David Edelstein
    The movie is barely sufferable.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    The documentary has its roots in a monologue in which the "guest of Cindy Sherman" (what H-O's place-card read at a gala) stood up for his personhood and made himself the center of the story—only there's NO STORY, not even insight into what made this unlikely couple click. Remove the boldface names and there's no movie; that center does not hold.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    It would be a horrific story even if underplayed, but Eastwood shoots it like a horror movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    A sour little psychodrama.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    As messy and flat-footed as its predecessor is nimble and shapely. It's an ugly, bloated, repetitive movie that builds to a punch line that should have come an hour earlier (at least).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    At times the movie's crudeness has an eerie beauty, but the musical fantasies are a bewildering hash, and the protracted climax on death row is nearly unendurable.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    One reason Oculus feels so talky and monotonous in spite of its tricky syntax is that the space itself isn’t charged with malignancy. And the monster doesn’t compensate — it’s dumb, blockish, inert. The mirror doesn’t have two faces. It barely has one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    My real problem with Matchstick Men is that it didn't con me well enough: I saw every trick up its sleeve in the first 20 minutes. If everything had been what it seemed--now, that would have been a stunning twist.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    It's like a memorial service with killer special effects.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 10 David Edelstein
    I'm at a loss to account for how OFF this film is -- how a movie can seem so conscientiously earnest yet so creepily exploitive. It's like a Christmas stocking over a crematory.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 20 David Edelstein
    Hordes of good actors evidently lined up to appear in Confidence, which wastes Weisz, Guzman, Logue, Forster, and Paul Giamatti, among others. Midway through, a grizzled Andy Garcia shambles in, chewing on a cigar, as an FBI agent; he's so fatuously hammy that his true narrative function is never in doubt.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 0 David Edelstein
    Benigni's movie made me want to throw up.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 10 David Edelstein
    The politics of Dogville are on par with a third-rate gangster picture: cheap, opportunistic nihilism, with no enlivening sense of humor.