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:
1425

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1425
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
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
32% 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
33% 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
76% 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
94% 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
94% Her (2013) " In Her, Jonze transforms his music-video aesthetic into something magically personal." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 16, 2013
80% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " I found it interminable." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 13, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " Russell out-Scorseses Scorsese with hyperbolic technique: whip-pans, whooshes, slo-mo, and tacky but great '70s chart-toppers. He winds his actors up and lets them loose." — NPR
Posted Dec 13, 2013
53% Out of the Furnace (2013) " We're supposed to take this more seriously because it takes itself more seriously." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 6, 2013
94% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " It's a hell of a mix of tones, but that's the challenge the Coens' movies pose: How do we reconcile their cheerfully disparate impulses? (Do we need to? We need to try.)" — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 2, 2013
42% Oldboy (2013) " The violence ... is gruesome - oodles of CG blood and brain matter - but out of scale. It's shock for shock's sake. It doesn't track." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 27, 2013
89% Tangled (2010) " can't help liking a movie with chameleon reaction shots." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 26, 2013
20% Cold Turkey (2013) " Cold Turkey is a simmering piece of holiday dystopia with a good, scorching boil-over." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 22, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " The movie is overcalculating and occasionally coarse, but it has a gentle spirit. We should count its existence as a blessing." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Relatively speaking, Catching Fire is terrific. Even nonrelatively, it's pretty damn good." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 18, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " The movie is a triumph of an especially satisfying kind. It arrives at a kind of gnarled grace that's true to this sorry old man and the family he let down in so many ways." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 11, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " Sometimes the balance is off and the movie tilts into camp (Kat Dennings as Portman's high-strung assistant is an irritant), but when all is said and disintegrated, it delivers. At these prices, it better." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 4, 2013
84% The Armstrong Lie (2013) " As an embarrassingly obvious liar, I am constantly fascinated by how others do it, and Gibney gives you many opportunities to study a master." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 4, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " One of those movies in which you can't always tell what's inept and what's purposefully flat." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 1, 2013
69% About Time (2013) " About Time is like a sermon that starts with a few good jokes and ends with tremulous exhortations to live, live." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 28, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " Despite its downbeat context (a plague at its height), the movie is a crowd-pleaser-graceful and funny enough to distract you from its gaps and elisions." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 28, 2013
100% The Square (2013) " The Square is inner-world-shaking." — New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 21, 2013
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