David Edelstein

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For 1,891 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 2.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Boyhood
Lowest review score: 0 Men in Black II
Score distribution:
1891 movie reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    I came out giddy, feeling lighter--by about five-sixths--than I did when I went in.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    It's the tone of the picture that's most striking. This is nothing less than a superhero's lament--Spidey Agonistes, a comic-book spectacle in which the primary struggles are behind the mask.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The coup de grâce is especially graceless because everything we know is already visible in Marinca’s eyes. The actress is extraordinary.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This is an absolutely miraculous movie.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    In his late seventies, Robert Redford has never held the camera as magnificently as he does in the survival-at-sea thriller All Is Lost.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The Edge of Heaven is powerfully unsettled--it comes together by not coming together.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The ensemble is stupendous--howlingly great--and the music goes deep.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Very entertaining (and doesn’t overstay its welcome) but it’s a little depressing to contemplate.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Truly, this is manna from hell.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    A Serious Man is not only hauntingly original, it’s the final piece of the puzzle that is the Coens. Combine suburban alienation, philosophical inquiry, moral seriousness, a mixture of respect for and utter indifference to Torah, and, finally, a ton of dope, and you get one of the most remarkable oeuvres in modern film.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It takes some time to realize we're in a maelstrom--going down down down into a saga of obsession, sadism, masochism, and codependency that was and remains one of the great, sick tabloid stories of all time.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Battle for Haditha has some of the raw energy of Sam Fuller's war pictures, which weren't subtle but left you energized by their ambivalence (there was no good or evil). It's a hell of a picture.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    As Nash gets closer to Crowe's own age (and level of dissipation), the performance settles down and becomes first credible and then overwhelming. This is a stupendous piece of acting.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Whatever else you say about Jurassic World, its amazing special effects — not just hurtling dinosaurs but flying killer pterodactyls — make it one of the most rousing people-running-away-from-stuff movies ever made. At its best, it’s good enough to take your mind off its worst, which is saying a lot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Bahrani’s concentration is close to supernatural as he tracks the young, prepubescent Ale (Alejandro Polanco) from job to soul-numbing job, some legal, some extralegal, to the point where you’re forced to suspend altogether your moral judgments and watch with a mixture of pain and awe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's a crackerjack ride, shot and edited for maximum discombobulation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The script by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher is one of those high-speed, ping-pong-banter marvels in which you're still laughing from the last great line when you're hit by the next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It is filmed with simplicity, a purity of intent, and I wanted to watch the faces of these men in their last seconds of life--not for the sake of history, but because of Wajda's imperative to put his father's death onscreen. He needed to do this. And somehow, sanity is restored.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I still don’t know how a gore-meister like Park Chan-wook could have made the year’s most irresistible romance. Maybe it’s that he hates oppression — chauvinist, colonialist, Sadean — so deeply that in hoisting his old boys on their own petards, he has discovered the wellsprings of love.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Think "In the Mood for Love" with hookahs instead of chopsticks.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The superb English stage director David Leveaux keeps the pacing taut while creating space for his actors to work their magic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    For all its missteps, Mystic River gets the big things right: It turns you inside out with grief, and it builds to an act of vigilante murder that is nearly impossible to endure.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    If nothing else, Training Day is a gorgeous pedestal for Denzel Washington.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Blistering and nihilistic--a vision to reduce you to a puddle of despair.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It's madly funny--a treat for moviegoers who don't mind gnawed-off limbs with their high jinks.

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