David Edelstein

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For 1,860 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 2.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

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Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Avatar
Lowest review score: 0 Only God Forgives
Score distribution:
1860 movie reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. It arrives at a kind of gnarled grace that’s true to this sorry old man and the family he let down in so many ways.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The whole thing is irresistibly preposterous.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 20 David Edelstein
    It's impressive, in the sense that a sucker-punch impresses itself on your skull.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    There’s an extended shot in Trey Edward Shults’s remarkable debut feature, Krisha, that’s a showstopper of bad vibes, a psycho-symphony that bumps the film to a different — more ominous — level of reality.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is Kent’s first feature — an astonishing debut. Not perfect, though.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In sum, Last Days is the best kind of documentary — it ties you up in knots.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The power of Little Men is in how the characters resist the melodramatic flow (which is, come to think of it, how Chekhov works, too).
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams is sometimes frozen by Herzog's awe. But it's hard not to love him for always trying to look beyond the surface of things, to find a common chord in the landscape of dreams.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best movie of the last several years: the most evocative, the most mysterious, the most inconsolably devastating.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    One job of memoir is to show the world through another's eyes and inspire you to live more alertly, and that is the glory of The Beaches of Agnès.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Hot-dog Hong Kong action stylist Johnnie To has never achieved the cult status of John Woo in this country, but his explosively entertaining — and startlingly splattery — Drug War should win him new fans.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A marvel of cunning, an irresistible blend of cool realism and Hollywood hokum.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    You could get high on this movie's technique, dizzy on its storytelling. Yet it's one of the most lucid bad trips ever made.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    If I seem cool, it might be because I came in hoping for the same level of blood-and-thunder as in the Evangelical scenes of "There Will Be Blood," whereas The Master is a cerebral experience. But Anderson has gone about exploring fundamental tensions in the American character with more discipline than I once thought him capable.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Liam Neeson has gravely splendid pipes as Ponyo’s father, a once-human wizard who lives underwater and despises humankind for polluting the planet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    Osder has made a documentary that’s astonishingly in the present tense.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    I hope I'm not raining on Beasts of the Southern Wild's deluge to say it doesn't always live up to its pretensions. There's a lot of unshaped babble and draggy landscape shots, and the music, so lovely in small doses, is numbing when it's ladled over everything.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In The Flight of the Red Balloon, the great Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien uses Albert Lamorisse’s 1956 masterpiece "The Red Balloon" as a springboard for his own masterpiece--a distinctively modern and allusive one, yet so tender and plaintive that you understand what Hou is up to on a preconscious level.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    It’s not just vérité--it’s battlefield vérité; it triggers your fight-or-flight instincts.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    All I can is that I didn’t draw too many breaths during the last half hour.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The best film of 2002.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Amy
    Alternately thrilling and devastating, throwing you back and forth until the devastation takes over and you spend the last hour watching the most supernaturally gifted vocalist of her generation chase and find oblivion.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Edge of Heaven is powerfully unsettled--it comes together by not coming together.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Savages is a delightful movie--the perfect companion piece (and antidote) to the year’s other superb convalescent-dementia picture, "Away From Her."
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    What’s extraordinary about Tangerine is that it’s everything an entertaining, old-fashioned, mainstream Hollywood comedy should be but no longer is. That nowadays you have to get this kind of stuff via Sundance from directors using iPhones is a drag — the wrong kind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Narrated by Rhys Ifans with the dryness of a dessicated toad, Exit Through the Gift Shop is both an exhilarating testament to serendipity and an appalling testament to art-world inanity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    As the political rhetoric between Washington and Tehran becomes dangerously overheated, Offside offers an intimate antidote: an affectionate glimpse into the cultural schisms that young Tehranis face every day. Western audiences will cheer the rebellious girls on.

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