David Edelstein

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For 1,837 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 2.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Moonlight
Lowest review score: 0 Life Is Beautiful
Score distribution:
1837 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A sturdy piece of work, an old-fashioned conversion narrative with some high-tech zip.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That rare mainstream cop thriller that refuses to telegraph its outcome in the first 15 minutes or, for much of its running time, to tell you how to feel about its protagonists.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    One of those half-straight, half-spoof comic-book extravaganzas that don't ever work, and what's neat is that this one does--beautifully.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Transcends its murkiness and eats into the mind. Cure is what ails you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The film has a kamikaze comic spirit that's spectacularly disarming.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie's approach makes for juicy melodrama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's the work of an old master summing up. It sure feels that way. The screenwriter, Anne Rapp, has provided Altman with a blueprint not only for an ensemble comedy but also for a comedy that honors the very idea of an ensemble. It's no wonder Altman fell on it.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The Farrellys have set themselves the awesome task of arguing passionately for the non-importance of appearance while at the same time making relentless sport of it. The happy news is that they pull it off: In Shallow Hal, they've contrived a deeply humanist gross-out comedy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It proves that male action stars can triumph not only over space but, more important, over time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    True Crime gives you sleaze on toast--a heap of tabloid bathos, a dusting of high-mindedness, a dash of gallows humor. It's a bizarre concoction, but it's riveting.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The film isn't in the same key as Pekar's comic: The tempo is buoyant, puckish, and even more "meta" than the original.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Hackman gives the con-man lines a simple, straight-ahead urgency that makes the man first hilarious and then, as the pleasures of human company are withdrawn and his resentment begins to bubble up, inexplicably touching. This is a great performance.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's the feel-good movie of the year.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    For all the movie's pixilated transitions, fisticuffs, and hyper-alert climaxes at the roulette table, there's a kind of temperamental evenness that's perfectly in sync with the protagonist.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The film has a foggy cast to it--flat and insinuatingly creepy, like the actor. But then it can be lit, in an instant, by searing flash-pots of cruelty and wit. Even when it's slightly opaque, it's transfixing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's an elegant, civilized, and deeply liberal piece of craftsmanship, with the sort of social conscience you rarely encounter in a modern American thriller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A scruffy delight, a movie with the happiest sort of family values.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    This is lovely, momentous piffle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The film is marvelous fun on its own terms -- I laughed all the way through it.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    There is a long and honorable tradition of broad intermarriage comedies (from the Romans to Abie's Irish Rose to La Cage aux Folles), and this one comes at least shoulder-high to the best. It has been directed by Joel Zwick in a happy, bustling style and acted with madcap ethnic relish.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    As I watched American Movie, a lot of it struck me as untranscendent misery. But in hindsight it seems less hopeless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    No wonder Hawke was so hot to pass the script onto Linklater. He's superb, by the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    If nothing else, Training Day is a gorgeous pedestal for Denzel Washington.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Has a soft windup, but along the way are some of the best-constructed slapstick sequences since "There's Something About Mary."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Even though the film is full of laughs, the jokes hover on the edge of the abyss: This is a world in which lurid colors and extravagant gestures are means of filling the void.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A dazzling, repellent exercise in which the case against men is closed before it's opened.

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