David Edelstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
75% Rosewater (2014) " In outline, Rosewater sounds earnest, one-note, relentless - something you'd watch out of a sense of duty. But it turns out to be a sly, layered work, charged with dark wit along with horror. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 11, 2014
51% Low Down (2014) " Low Down is rich in vivid characters. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 10, 2014
72% Interstellar (2014) " The mix of wonky physics, mysticism, and genetically modified corn is so clunky it's ... fabulous. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 3, 2014
95% Nightcrawler (2014) " After a few minutes you know everything about Louis you're going to know; the only surprise in Nightcrawler is the level of grotesqueness it achieves. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 31, 2014
92% Force Majeure (2014) " It is a film that makes your murmur in amazement as you watch and then brood on the dangerous corners in all our lives. It's a quiet avalanche. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 24, 2014
98% Citizenfour (2014) " You should see this movie if you're naïve enough to think you have a right to privacy. But don't buy your ticket online or with a credit card. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 21, 2014
84% Listen Up Philip (2014) " A central figure who's all bad is even more boring than one who's all good. He has no dramatic stature. He's a case study. The audience should be paid to listen up. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 17, 2014
77% Fury (2014) " Though much of Fury crumbles in the mind, the power of its best moments lingers ... " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 17, 2014
93% Birdman (2014) " How can you not be in awe of the sheer physical achievement, of the intricate choreography of the actors and the camera, of the gung ho performances? When it ends you go, "Whew!" It's a triumph of vacuous virtuosity. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 14, 2014
47% The Judge (2014) " This is not by any means a bad movie. The script has its bright patches, the setting is picturesque, and the cast is full of actors you'll want to see. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 10, 2014
95% Whiplash (2014) " The title Whiplash is dead-on. That's what it is; that's what it gives you. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 10, 2014
78% Kill the Messenger (2014) " Kill the Messenger made me so angry over the apparent injustice done to its journalist hero, Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), that I found it hard to remain in my seat. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 9, 2014
72% Inherent Vice (2015) " It's actually less coherent than Pynchon, no small feat. It's not shallow, though. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 7, 2014
61% The Equalizer (2014) " When was the last time you saw a lone hero stride toward the climactic killing ground in slow motion? Yesterday? An hour ago? " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 26, 2014
92% Pride (2014) " If Pride were a politician, you'd want to vote for it, march for it, and sign up to make calls for it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 26, 2014
88% 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
65% 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
41% 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
71% 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
95% 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
29% 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
75% 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
43% Frank Miller's 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
86% 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
38% 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
88% 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
52% 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
17% 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
80% 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
23% Tammy (2014) " It's just ... off. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2014
83% Begin Again (2014) " Carney's specialty is inching toward clichés, 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
53% 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
91% 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
85% 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
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