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 I'm the One That I Want
Lowest review score: 0 Freddy Got Fingered
Score distribution:
719 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    I can't think of too many actors who could bring off Jim Winters. LaPaglia manages to convey, wordlessly, the man's inner struggle.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    An extremely pleasant, consistently amusing diversion that is never as uproarious as you might hope. But don't panic, as the Guide would say. In a pinch, it will do.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    All along we've known that the contest was a metaphor for getting your act together BEFORE taking it on the road.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    It's a good, thoughtful horror picture--and thiiis close to being a very good one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    What makes Alice Wu's debut so pleasurable is its easy rhythms, its sly juxtapositions, and its relaxed but funny performances.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Howard manipulates audiences without guile, jerking tears, piling on catastrophes, smoothing out dissonances, making bad characters badder and good ones gooder--and clearly believing that this is wholesome. At what he does, he's peerless. I wish I had more respect for what he does--and for myself the next morning for surrendering.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    There's a car chase that's more fluid and inventive than the much-touted freeway sequence in "The Matrix Reloaded," and the stars are nimble enough to make their acrobatics credible--no matter how many stunt doubles the picture employed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The movie is satisfying, though -- at least by the standards of that depressing phenomenon, the superhero "franchise."
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Overlong at nearly two hours but still a sharp and amusing and subtle piece of filmmaking.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Has a routine finish but up to that point is a more than decent thriller--or, given its taut self-containment, a more than decent Hitchcockian "exercise in suspense."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The most effective counterweight to Polanski's fatalism is young Barney Clark, whose Oliver--although given to few words--is unshakably alive and responsive, even as he's being buffeted violently by forces beyond his control.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    An honest tear-jerker.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The hole in the film isn't a reflection on Linney's performance. It's as if Baumbach, his hands full of oily whale blubber, didn't want to deal with an exploding sac of squid ink. And who can blame him, really?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The comic surface of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is all polished brilliance, with surprisingly few dull patches...The movie doesn't deliver in the kiss-kiss department, though.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Good as it is, The Legend of Zorro would be a hollow feat without leads who are drop-dead-gorgeous movie stars and spectacular clowns.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    A fine movie, beautifully acted, but it isn't easy to love--or to watch. It's a parade of miseries, made even more miserable by Gore Verbinski's direction.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    What makes this an important film is the way it puts you in that landscape and in those shoes, so that you almost understand how ordinary human beings can be impelled to do inhuman things.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Farce born of sadly irreconcilable impulses: Bravo!
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The performances are delightful, and the picture comes together.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Armageddon is awesome, dude, but it's, like, short on awe.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    He thrilled me, then betrayed me in the end.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Faithless is almost entirely insight-free. Bergman gives no indication that he understands the link between his alter ego's "retroactive jealousy" and compulsive womanizing.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Bogdanovich has been so smooth and loving in his directorial attentions that he has forgotten to give the tragical farce proceedings any terrible momentum.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Duchovny is rather endearing and Driver's absolutely enchanting.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Most haunting of all is Caan, who has never given a performance this layered.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Has a nonsensical twist ending that almost wrecks it, but until then it has enough fast, hyperliterate venality to make it great fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    The movie is a passable entertainment -- call it The Half Monty.