David Edelstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Biography:
I started way back at the Harvard Crimson, then moved on to the Boston Phoenix, then the Village Voice, then the New York Post, then oblivion, then Slate and Fresh Air. I also wrote a book with Christine Vachon called Shooting to Kill and a couple of plays, chiefly Blaming Mom (a comedy).
Favorites:
The Lady Eve, The General, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Shop Around the Corner, The Godfather, Smiles of a Summer Night, Rules of the Game, Jaws, Ride the High Country, His Girl Friday, Bride of Frankenstein, Seven Samurai, Ashes and Diamonds, Touch of Evil, Singing in the Rain, Night of the Living Dead, and about 100 others.
Publications:
New York Magazine/Vulture , NPR's Fresh Air , Slate
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1433

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
85% Gone Girl (2014) " The movie is phenomenally gripping-although it does leave you queasy, uncertain what to take away on the subject of men, women, marriage, and the possibility of intimacy from the example of such prodigiously messed-up people." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 22, 2014
66% A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) " It's clear from the sunless palette and the measured, one-thing-after-another pacing that Frank loves Block's work, and that goes a long way. The performances go a long way, too." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 19, 2014
43% This Is Where I Leave You (2014) " Somewhere in this mess, there might be a very good movie." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 19, 2014
81% Tracks (2014) " In the end, the point of this ridiculous, arduous, oft-interrupted odyssey turns out to be elusive-and is all the richer for it." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 17, 2014
87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " The film is a mite tidy in that Sundance Workshop way, but it's very enjoyable, and Johnson has a deft touch with actors." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 12, 2014
67% Memphis (2014) " The film is less than 80 minutes and if you cut the shots that go on too long it would be less than an hour." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 10, 2014
94% Last Days in Vietnam (2014) " In sum, Last Days is the best kind of doc - it ties you up in knots." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 5, 2014
89% Wetlands (2014) " Women deserve their own gross-out movies, and, in Wetlands, the punk force is strong." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 5, 2014
30% The Last Of Robin Hood (2014) " The film is too wan and distanced to sweep you up, but it holds you, and it doesn't - unlike most Hollywood biopics - leave you feeling as if you need a shower." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 29, 2014
99% Starred Up (2014) " Starred Up is an edgy, teeming thriller, brilliantly disorienting, making strange a world we thought we knew, at least from other movies." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 29, 2014
73% Daisies (2012) " Brace yourself for some of the most exuberant and disjunctive Pop Art imagery ever put onscreen, including scenes in which the scissors-happy hedonists shred not only objects and each other but the movie itself." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 26, 2014
7% Are You Here (2014) " It's funny, clunky, earnest, and barely credible, but it's all of a piece." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 22, 2014
45% Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) " It's hard to believe that so much visual elegance has been brought to bear on material so ugly, and yet the disjunction is intentional, and the film is all of a piece." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 22, 2014
80% The One I Love (2014) " Although it arrives in the guise of mind-bending sci-fi, The One I Love is a fairly conventional dark comedy of jealousy and emasculation. It's a very enjoyable one, though." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 20, 2014
87% The Trip To Italy (2014) " As befits its settings, The Trip to Italy aims higher than its predecessor-maybe too high-and isn't as fresh. I enjoyed it, though." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 14, 2014
83% Rich Hill (2014) " Every shot, every second among these people -- even at their most unattractive -- makes you feel for them and loathe the world in which they're enmeshed. " — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 4, 2014
37% Child Of God (2014) " Surprisingly pretty good." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 1, 2014
89% Calvary (2014) " Good actors like Chris O'Dowd, Moran, Gleeson, and Walsh are acting their hearts out, but they can't make these characters seem like more than puppets." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 1, 2014
72% The Ring (2002) " The filmmakers have wisely stayed close to the original's mood, which is somber and flat, with quick (near-subliminal) inserts and a soundtrack full of watery-grave groans and murmurs." — Slate
Posted Jul 25, 2014
51% Magic in the Moonlight (2014) " It starts off with a flourish and winds up limp, like a rabbit pulled out of a hat that turns out to be dead." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 25, 2014
91% A Most Wanted Man (2014) " A Most Wanted Man doesn't snap into focus until the last 15 of its 121 minutes. But until then, director Anton Corbijn serves up plenty of good, foggy, rainy ambiguity." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 25, 2014
66% Lucy (2014) " An outlandishly entertaining mixture of high silliness and high style." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 25, 2014
90% The Kill Team (2014) " The setting is Afghanistan, but it might be Iraq or Vietnam or anywhere with occupying forces. It might be Gaza. This map of hell is timeless, placeless." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 24, 2014
48% I Origins (2014) " I Origins suggests that Cahill's sympathies are firmly on the side of the sillies. He's a talented storyteller, so it's a loss." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 18, 2014
18% Sex Tape (2014) " At heart, it's about as naughty as an old Disney movie with Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, and an unruly Great Dane. I liked its gung-ho slapstick spirit, though. No one's slacking off." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 18, 2014
79% Land Ho! (2014) " The juxtaposition of mundane silliness and those primordial, mythic landscapes proves unexpectedly magical." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 17, 2014
90% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " It is certainly thrilling to see how Reeves and his CGI wizards bring their hordes of apes to life. Honestly, if I didn't know they were computerized, I'd have thought they'd brought off an evolutionary miracle." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 11, 2014
5% The Avengers (1998) " As the eccentric master villain who controls the weather, even Sean Connery is flat-out terrible, acting high on the hog." — Slate
Posted Jul 8, 2014
97% Life Itself (2014) " Not even The Diving Bell and the Butterfly drives home the mind-body schism as movingly." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 3, 2014
25% Tammy (2014) " It's just ... off." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2014
82% Begin Again (2014) " Carney's specialty is inching toward clich├ęs, backing away from them, and inching back. He's not as pure as he thinks he is, but the footsie is very entertaining." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 27, 2014
95% Snowpiercer (2014) " 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." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 27, 2014
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) " Transformers: Age of Extinction is nearly three %$^&%!!# hours, and they're brain-freezing." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 27, 2014
54% Jersey Boys (2014) " The film is a funny mix of formulaic and fresh. The numbers are too polished - there's no sense of discovery. But the songs and their harmonies are evergreen." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 20, 2014
92% Venus in Fur (2014) " If you didn't see the play onstage and don't know what you're missing, this Venus in Fur has its demonic, masochistic charms." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 20, 2014
84% 22 Jump Street (2014) " They get to poke fun at sequels and simultaneously make sequel money, which is a great frigging gig if you ask me." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 13, 2014
66% The Rover (2014) " Easy to watch at arm's length and easier to shake off. It's overbaked art-pulp." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 13, 2014
88% Obvious Child (2014) " The beauty of Obvious Child is that there's nothing obvious about it." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 6, 2014
90% Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " Groundhog Day re-imagined as a sci-fi war game." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 6, 2014
80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " Woodley has a face that can look plain in repose and startlingly beautiful in motion, when her delicate pink skin becomes near translucent." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 5, 2014
86% Night Moves (2014) " When I left the theater I still felt complicit - I had to remind myself that I wasn't on the run from the cops. Whether the film is much more than an exercise, though, is open to debate." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 30, 2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) " Some of the gags do land - maybe one in four. But the genre-parody genre with big stars and poop jokes needs a little more class than MacFarlane is capable of providing." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 30, 2014
13% Blended (2014) " Sandler would piss out of the screen if he thought he could get a laugh. This is not his worst film, but it's his most offensive." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 23, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " [Singer is] reborn - deft, elegant, spring-heeled - in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The special effects don't bog him down: They lift the movie to a surreal and more emotional dimension." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 23, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " Mickle made one of the few excellent post-Romero zombie thrillers, Stake Land, and Cold in July is even more fun. He clearly relishes genre conventions and relishes even more turning them inside out." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 23, 2014
87% The Immigrant (2014) " The movie earns its dissonances. It's richer than anything onscreen right now." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 19, 2014
67% A Short History Of Decay (2014) " Not a lot happens, and yet, as in the best so-called "slice of life" stories, you feel one way of life ending and another struggling to be born. The little that happens is enough." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 15, 2014
73% Godzilla (2014) " America's newest Godzilla is the feel-good movie of the year." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 14, 2014
48% Bad News Bears (2005) " The best reason to see Richard Linklater's wholly unnecessary but highly enjoyable remake of The Bad News Bears is Billy Bob Thornton, who's doing a PG-13 version of his Bad Santa." — Slate
Posted May 13, 2014
72% Palo Alto (2014) " From the first few scenes in Palo Alto it's obvious Gia Coppola is a natural director." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 11, 2014
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