David Edelstein

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For 2,042 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Edelstein's Scores

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Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Lawless Heart
Lowest review score: 0 Funny Games (2008)
Score distribution:
2042 movie reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie’s central motif — rituals that dull pain and heighten unhappiness — doesn’t clobber you. It seeps into you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Jenkins and cinematographer James Laxton’s palette is rich and warm, its colors deepened by a score by Nicholas Britell that ranges from a distant, forlorn trumpet to a string quartet in which the players dig in as if they’re having their own dialogue between hope and despair. The close-ups are immense, the emotions archetypal.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The Predator throws enough at you to keep you distracted from seeing all the marks it’s not quite hitting. Rhodes’s pop-top vet is amusing and scary in equal measure, and little Jake Tremblay is as good as you’d hope, especially when his Rory mouths off to the Machiavellian Traeger on the subject of reverse psychology.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    The movie, believe it or not, gives pleasure. It’s a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Green’s Halloween doesn’t have the geographical simplicity — the elegance — of Carpenter’s. It’s a bit all over the place. But I love how he takes memorable images from the original and turns them on their heads.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    I have zero doubts about the first half of A Star Is Born — it couldn’t be more charming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    First Man might be the most grounded space movie ever made — grounded in the tension between technology that’s almost laughably fragile (the astronauts really do seem as if they’re going up in tin cans) and the sheer evolutionary imperative of family.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    This isn’t his smoothest film, but it’s his fullest and most original. It’s also his most urgent, which is really saying something. It’s one of the most urgent films ever made.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Edelstein
    The fleeting good moments in Operation Finale come from a few of the actors.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 David Edelstein
    The Happytime Murders turns out to be a stupefyingly sh—y puppet movie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Crime + Punishment makes you angry and scared in equal measure. What it doesn’t do is illuminate the sources of this evil. What about the majority of cops who know the 12 are right but shun them anyway? Would you trust them if they stopped you on the street?
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 David Edelstein
    The skateboarding and camaraderie are contrapuntal notes, liberating flurries of motion in a powerful saga of kids who were — and in some cases still are — miserably stuck in place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    So there you have it. A Prayer Before Dawn: Fine entertainment. Fine teaching tool.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Blaze’s best scene features Kris Kristofferson as Foley’s once-abusive, now near-senile father and Alynda Segarra as his sister, who escaped the old man’s malevolent influence by finding Jesus.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Lee doesn’t do subtlety. But the movie is very entertaining and comes with a stupendous, lushly melodic score by Terence Blanchard.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Thrillingly confounding.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    Though slow, it’s intense, and you’re hooked from its first scene — Angel’s final meeting with the detention authorities — to its last, wrenching image. Spiro is a real filmmaker.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    It’s tough to sustain a story line this thin for two hours, and the movie runs down at the two-thirds mark.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    You don’t have to be a moralist to see the tragedy of Scotty Bowers’s life. You only have to have an eye for things that don’t fit comfortably. Tyrnauer has that, as well as the compassion not to probe too deeply. What’s onscreen is enough to make you conclude that you can’t make people truly happy without fixing the world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    There’s raw power in Chomko’s writing, but so much scrupulousness and craft that you feel safe when the time comes to weep.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    It’s too bleak to laugh at and too absurd to cry over. That it’s true adds another insanity-inducing element.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    His sixth Mission: Impossible movie, Mission: Impossible — Fallout, isn’t the best of the bunch (that would be number four, Brad Bird’s Ghost Protocol), but it’s easily the second-best and certainly the Cruise-iest, meaning it’s nearly as entertaining as it is strenuous. Which is a mighty high bar!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Edelstein
    It’s quite a mix: Far From the Tree throws so much at you that you’ll want to pick up the book and read (or reread) it. You might be surprised that one of Solomon’s subjects is the accomplished composer Nico Muhly, who’s on the spectrum. Muhly (along with Yo La Tengo) composed the movie’s music, which, like the film and book, doesn’t settle for easy harmonies.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    Although the script is based on Gauguin’s own writing, the film presents him as such a gloomy Gus that he might have swapped souls with his onetime pal Van Gogh.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    Skyscraper is one of the stupidest movies I’ve seen since San Andreas, but I enjoyed it a great deal — more than San Andreas, certainly, as well as Rampage and Baywatch and most other Dwayne Johnson pictures.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    Burnham made his name as a stand-up comedian, and if you can manage to look at Eighth Grade objectively — which isn’t easy, given the wallop it packs — you’ll see that it’s pretty slick.... But the slickness is dispelled whenever Elsie Fisher is onscreen, which is practically always.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The First Purge is pretty good if you’re not averse to caricatures, predictable twists, and lots of familiar B-movie tropes.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Edelstein
    The movie’s most exciting moment comes when Weldon realizes that she has been played — that in helping turn the tribes against the Dawes Act, she has won the battle and lost the war, since the U.S. would now have cause to attack. That’s the moment when Woman Walks Ahead should get really good but turns, instead, into a weeper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Edelstein
    The director, Tim Wardle, has shaped the film as a detective story in which the more pieces of the puzzle are filled in, the more disgusted and infuriated we become.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Edelstein
    It’s busy, harmless fun. Very, very busy.

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