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:
1442

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1442
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
85% 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
14% 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
92% 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
85% 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
35% God's Pocket (2014) " Slattery adapted the book with Alex Metcalf and gets the tone just right. The film is damnably amusing. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 9, 2014
46% For Love of the Game (1999) " The rhythms of the game feel right; the rhythms of the romance feel embarrassingly Harlequin, and the picture drags on for over two hours. " ‐ Slate
Posted May 8, 2014
95% Ida (2014) " Ida is barely 80 minutes and lacks fullness, and the style that's so arresting can also seem studied. But the movie's chill is hard to shake off. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 2, 2014
53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " I think I'll pass on The Amazing Spider-Man 3. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 2, 2014
26% Brick Mansions (2014) " It should be wilder, funnier, nuttier. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 25, 2014
89% Locke (2014) " Tours don't come much more forceful. Once you've taken this 90-odd-minute drive with Tom Hardy, you'll never forget his face. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 25, 2014
96% Blue Ruin (2014) " Blue Ruin is more artful and evocative than any recent revenge picture, but it's still drivel. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 22, 2014
46% Heaven Is for Real (2014) " Whatever works. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 18, 2014
54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " What puts Fading Gigolo over the top is the presence of Allen, who's just the sort of earthy, fast-talking foil the moony Turturro needs. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 18, 2014
85% Only Lovers Left Alive (2014) " The movie has its longeurs, but once you get on its wavelength it's hard to resist. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 11, 2014
86% Joe (2014) " When Cage doesn't grandstand, you can see what made him so likable once: his boyish earnestness, his touching lack of cynicism. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 9, 2014
84% The Unknown Known (2014) " The Unknown Known is a worthy addition to Morris's body of work, an epic search that demonstrates the limits of language, the ease of sidestepping truth. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 4, 2014
86% Under the Skin (2014) " At times the film is right on the border between mesmerizing and narcotizing, but it casts an otherworldly spell. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 4, 2014
89% Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) " Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 4, 2014
77% Noah (2014) " It grounds the biblical apocalypse in the here and now, tapping into the dystopian mood while retaining a sense of religious awe. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 28, 2014
41% Divergent (2014) " If you can forget what it's saying, Divergent is fairly entertaining. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 21, 2014
89% Le Week-End (2014) " Le Week-End is a marital disintegration-reintegration drama that opens with a dose of frost and vinegar and turns believably sweet-and unbelievably marvelous, in light of what had seemed a depressing trajectory. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 13, 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " It's both dumber and more entertaining than anyone had a right to expect. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 7, 2014
60% Non-Stop (2014) " Neeson is such an eloquent hunk of Irish melancholy that he gives everything he does - snapping a neck or taking a drink of water - a classical gravitas. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 28, 2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " One of those showbiz docs that's not exactly pleasurable but offers a penetrating glimpse - sometimes too penetrating - into what it means to eat, drink, and be contrary in the public sphere. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 27, 2014
92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " An exquisitely calibrated, deadpan-comic miniature that expands in the mind and becomes richer and more tragic. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 25, 2014
91% Kids for Cash (2014) " It's a huge story, and Kids for Cash provides a measure of justice. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 25, 2014
89% The Wind Rises (2014) " Everything is invested with spirit: levers, flaps, and, of course, the wind. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 21, 2014
15% Endless Love (2014) " Endless Love lives up to its name. It's purgatory. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 14, 2014
48% RoboCop (2014) " It fully justifies its existence. That doesn't mean it's especially good. But it's a rare "reboot" that transcends its studio's money-grubbing. It has some Big Ideas. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 13, 2014
93% About a Boy (2002) " Mainstream comedies should all be this funny and tender and deftly performed. " ‐ Slate
Posted Feb 10, 2014
97% The Last of the Unjust (2014) " As Murmelstein talks, we begin to see the world through his eyes. We understand that in an impossible, unearthly situation, heroism can take many forms. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 3, 2014
31% The Monuments Men (2014) " It's a graceful, engaging film -- I enjoyed it. But it could have been called The Tasteful Dozen. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 3, 2014
34% Labor Day (2014) " It's so terrible it's amazing. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 31, 2014
88% American Beauty (1999) " The hairpin turns from farce to melodrama, from satire to bathos, are fresh and deftly navigated, but almost every one of the underlying attitudes is smug and easy. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jan 28, 2014
4% I, Frankenstein (2014) " Eckhart plays Frankenstein's monster in a monotonous, teeth-gritting mode, as if someone had one gun on him and another on his family. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 24, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " It's rife with disappointment and humiliation. But bleakness does not preclude buoyancy. It still manages to leave you with the urge to dance. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 24, 2014
55% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Branagh brings no style to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and no heart. " ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 16, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " Lone Survivor is a brutally effective movie, made by people who think that they're serving their country. But they're just making us coarser and more self-centered. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 10, 2014
77% The Invisible Woman (2013) " In some scenes, Fiennes is too free with the handheld camera. But he does make the movie all-aquiver, rich in feeling. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 10, 2014
57% Justin Bieber's Believe (2013) " My daughter wants you to know that the movie is great and that you shouldn't listen to a hater like me. I envy her belief. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 27, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " In the all-star movie adaptation of August: Osage County, another play that holds the stage with fang and claw feels less momentous onscreen. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 24, 2013
93% The Past (2013) " It's as if Farhadi became too depressed by his own cynicism to keep the drama humming. The movie turns into a dour demonstration of missed connections. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 24, 2013
77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " A veritable orgy of immorality, each scene making the same point only more and more outrageously, the action edited with Scorsese's usual manic exuberance but to oh-so-monotonous effect. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 23, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 16, 2013
75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Scene after scene rockets past dumb, past camp, past Kabuki, and into the Milky Way of Silly where laws can be made up and discarded as long as what happens gets laughs. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 16, 2013
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