David Edelstein, Slate
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For 719 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 1.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 61
Highest review score: 100 Chicago
Lowest review score: 0 The Amityville Horror
Score distribution:
719 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie has an intriguing wild card in Bess Armstrong as an ex-prostitute turned Zen masseuse. I'm not sure if she's meant to be brilliantly evolved or an idiot -- or if the actress is really good or really, really terrible. But her chemistry with Forster is terrific.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The whole movie is like that: gleaming, but with a whiff of the charnel house. Dirty Pretty Things doesn't quite cut to the bone, but it gets as far as a couple of vital organs.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    No movie in the last decade has succeeded in psyching out critics and audiences as fully as the powerful, rambling war epic The Thin Red Line.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I found it exquisite. In part I responded out of sheer amazement: I've never seen anything like the sequences in which Sandler, in his boxy, sea-blue suit, charges around his warehouse to the rhythm of Brion's harsh drums.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Best in Show has an uproarious wild card in Fred Willard, who plays a hack commentator convinced that he's the most amusing fellow on television
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Sensationally made and in patches pretty nerve-jangling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The director's beautiful detachment suggests a kind of cowardice.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Shows the dying tremors of a generation, and you might feel as if you can see every molecule, every atom give up the ghost.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    At times, the picture evokes such stylized musicals as "The Band Wagon"; at others, it seems to whirr every kung-fu movie ever made into the most luscious action smoothie you'll ever imbibe.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    But Cate Blanchett ... ahhhh. She doesn't impersonate Katharine Hepburn, she channels her.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's both fractured and fluid, with a helter-skelter syntax and a ceaselessly infectious backbeat. Beyond that, it's a blast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Nunez's movies go places, but with no acceleration.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    I don't know what Pollock is supposed to be about, but as it stands—by default—it's the most blood-freezing Jewish-mother nightmare ever filmed. Pollock would give Woody Allen the willies.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    There are a lot of stale -- and nefarious -- clichés in 8 Mile, but most of the time they're overwhelmed by the pulsing, grinding, hopped-up camerawork and the soulful star turn of Eminem.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Anderson must have needed that bonkers third-hour climax because there was nowhere to go short of spontaneous combustion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    When the groom's enormous procession fights its way through the hard rain and muck to the bejeweled bride, Nair's chaos downright sparkles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Throughout this terse, entertaining parable (it won the grand prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival), the Belgian-born writer-directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne ("La Promesse," 1996) immerse you in the sensations of Rosetta's life.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    It's hard to think of another American film with this range of moods: satirical, sometimes hilarious, yet suffused with a sense of loss and riddled with the kind of violence that makes you recoil and lean forward simultaneously.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    It's Miyazaki's use of sound--and silence--that takes your breath away
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The miracle of the movie is the Bolger sisters, who are so direct and matter-of-fact that they hardly seem to be acting. But their simplicity is radiant.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    A grim, twisty international conspiracy picture that challenges the audience on every level, political and aesthetic. The aesthetic part is a bit of an obstacle, though. I can't remember a time I had as much trouble--at a movie I admired--just figuring out what the hell was going on.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's fun to see actors doing what they do and to see them through the eyes of a director.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The downside to all this stylishness: that A Very Long Engagement is Amélie Goes to War.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Might be the most perversely agreeable stalker picture ever made.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Admirable and wondrously strange--as well as gorgeous, funny, dreamlike, mesmerizing, squirmy, and occasionally annoying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's not a flawless adaptation, but it's a gutsy and deeply affecting one: The filmmakers manage to jazz up Smiley's tempo without losing her melancholy tone; and they find a way--without being untrue to the book--to make the stubbornly recessive protagonist seem a dynamo on the screen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The comic high point in Shaun of the Dead comes when Lucy Davis, from the great BBC sitcom "The Office," teaches the band of survivors how to lurch like zombies so that they can pass among the undead.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Feels more like The Bill Clinton Story than "Primary Colors" (1998). It's a paean to naughty boys who dream of potency and become enraptured by their own scams -- a great American archetype.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Matt Damon can't quite piece together a compelling poseur.