David Edelstein

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For 1,858 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

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Adventures of Tintin
Lowest review score: 0 Movie 43
Score distribution:
1858 movie reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Apocalypto turns into the best "Rambo" movie ever made. The worrisome part is that Gibson doesn't think he's making a boneheaded action picture. For him, torture and vengeance are the way of the world. This is Gibsonian metaphysics.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The characters are much less finely tuned and the climax is a botch, but the French-financed film is often a riot, and the sensibility is all there.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A part with this much sobbing, hand-wringing, and mournful gazing into the middle distance could be, in the wrong hands, a laugh riot, but Lawrence’s instincts are so smart that she never goes even a shade overboard. She’s a hell of an actress.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    This Bond is haunted, not yet housebroken, still figuring out the persona. In Casino Royale, the reset button has been pressed in the manner of "Batman Begins."
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    An aching roundelay, a triumphantly benumbed ensemble farce that mingles condescension and compassion in a manner that's disarmingly--and often upsettingly--original.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    A scruffy delight, a movie with the happiest sort of family values.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Ought to have been an eye-roller. What a surprise that it's so seductive. The Woodman lives!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    For my money, Flags (however clunky) cuts more deeply, but Letters is more difficult to shake off. Together, they leave you with the feeling that even a just and necessary war is an abomination.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Sets you nearer than theater permits -- and further back than most movies dare. A magic vantage.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's Lawrence who knocked me sideways. I loved her in "Winter's Bone" and "The Hunger Games" but she's very young - I didn't think she had this kind of deep-toned, layered weirdness in her.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The final twist is both baffling and repulsive, but as an evocation of the triumph of evil, it's peerless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Although Paltrow is radiant (and she nails the character’s ditzy sense of entitlement), it's Phoenix's movie. He is, once again, stupendous, and stupendous in a way he has never been before.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I laughed all the way through Team America: Scene by scene, it's uproarious.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The German reserve and Italian extroversion are in just the right balance. The movie exists on a tantalizing border -- and I don't mean Switzerland.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie is brilliant and infectious, much like Bennett's voice: English-deadpan but never snide, and generous to a fault.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Even with all its elisions and distortions it tells a cracking good story. Turing is played with captivating strangeness by Benedict Cumberbatch.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Director Bill Pohlad (working with frequent Wes Anderson cinematographer Robert Yeoman) is extraordinarily sensitive to the amorphous nature of Wilson’s life and art, and Atticus Ross’s score creates a floating, evocative soundscape, which is Brian Wilson–esque without a trace of plagiarism.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    If time-travel is your thing, you learn to shrug off inconsistencies. You debate chicken-egg questions over drinks or dope and mull over all the permutations. You graph it. You wish like hell you had a time machine. You savor every discombobulating, ludicrous, thrilling second of Predestination.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    HPATDH 2 works like a charm. A funereal charm, to be sure, but then, there's no time left for larks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    That's the beauty of Mafioso: that what begins as a comedy of disconnection becomes a tragicomedy of connection -- of roots that go deep and branches that span continents.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's probably easier for an ex-prosecutor known for macho threats to say he got caught screwing than for him to say he got screwed. But folks, he was reamed.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Gracefully directed by Robert Schwentke, the film has a perfect performance by Bana, rangy and haunted, never at home in his body.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie is overcalculating and occasionally coarse, but it has a gentle spirit. We should count its existence as a blessing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The film is stunningly bleak and staggeringly violent. Major characters go down in showers of blood and gore. I’ve seen worse and so, probably, have you, but never from such an essentially wholesome corporate enterprise with a target audience so young and hopeful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Now, at last, comes a fun dystopian sci-fi epic — a splattery shambles with a fat dose of social satire and barely a lick of sense. It’s Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, which must be seen to be disbelieved.

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