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 , NPR's Fresh Air , Slate , Vulture
Critics' Group:
National Society of Film Critics
Total Reviews:
1376

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 1376
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " The movie goes on for three hours without an emotional letup-it's finally overwhelming." — New York Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) " The new Carrie isn't atrocious - just flat and uninspired and compromised by the kind of mindless teen-movie "humanism" that De Palma so punkishly spat on." — Vulture
Posted Oct 18, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " A feeble, reactionary drama." — Vulture
Posted Oct 18, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " It's smashingly effective as melodrama. But McQueen's directorial voice-cold, stark, deterministic-keeps it from attaining the kind of grace that marks the voice of a true film artist." — New York Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " The camera rocks with the creaks, cracks, and other sounds of encroaching disequilibrium, while an actor in his element anchors your gaze-and gives the performance of his life." — New York Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Greengrass and screenwriter Billy Ray put us on the side of Phillips, his crew, the American negotiators, the Navy, and the SEALS. But we understand the greater tragedy of Muse and the Somalis' lives." — Vulture
Posted Oct 6, 2013
97% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Let the Fire Burn is a time machine. It shows there are truths out there waiting to be found-that footage already shot can make history in all its terrible finality breathe." — New York Magazine
Posted Sep 29, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " Gravity is a crowd-pleasing version of what scientists and mathematicians are said to experience in their rarefied sphere-a wondrous fusion of faith and science." — Vulture
Posted Sep 29, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " The movie is a broad ethnic comedy, but there's nothing broad about the wicked-smart way it's executed. Even long-played-out stereotypes take on new life." — New York Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2013
49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " Thanks for Sharing is never quite crazy or funny enough to transcend its "disease-of-month" template." — Vulture
Posted Sep 20, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " I miss the ensemble fullness and quirky pacing of Holofcener's Friends with Money and Please Give, but there are enough dissonances, parentheticals, and curlicues to remind you why her movies are like no other's." — Vulture
Posted Sep 19, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " Villeneuve is trying like hell to elevate what turns out to be a dumb genre picture...Prisoners is a long sentence." — New York Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2013
83% Blue Caprice (2013) " The movie substitutes milky, washed-out color and funereal music for insight." — Vulture
Posted Sep 13, 2013
29% The Family (2013) " A black comedy that doesn't begin to jell but has a sweetheart of a cast and the odd diverting moment." — Vulture
Posted Sep 13, 2013
93% Mother Of George (2013) " This world is ravishingly beautiful, but there's also something oppressive about its exoticism. The color doesn't just saturate the frame; it thickens it." — New York Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " It's a good thing J.D. Salinger isn't around to see Shane Salerno's bio-documentary Salinger or he'd come after Salerno with a hatchet. He really would." — Vulture
Posted Sep 6, 2013
35% Passion (2013) " Entrancing and narcotizing in about equal measure." — Vulture
Posted Aug 30, 2013
92% Our Nixon (2013) " There has never been an uninteresting angle on Richard Nixon - the man was too twisted - but Penny Lane's documentary sees him from several especially compelling new vantages." — Vulture
Posted Aug 30, 2013
67% Afternoon Delight (2013) " The rubber-faced Hahn is a gifted comic actress and a surprisingly effective dramatic one, while Temple's monotonic twitter keeps the girl a tantalizing enigma." — Vulture
Posted Aug 30, 2013
85% The Sixth Sense (1999) " Osment's pinched, old-young face suggests an ancient's insight without an ancient's defenses -- a sensitivity so exquisitely morbid that you worry more for his emotional than physical well-being." — Slate
Posted Aug 27, 2013
99% Short Term 12 (2013) " I know, it sounds like one of those earnest inspirational good-hygiene movies. On one level, it is. But the exchanges are electric." — Vulture
Posted Aug 26, 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013) " You can object to the thuggish direction and the script that's a series of signposts, but not the central idea, which is genuinely illuminating." — New York Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " This is by light-years the most entertaining movie of the year. How many apocalyptic sci-fi action extravaganzas leave you feeling as if the world is just beginning?" — New York Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " The action is bludgeoning." — New York Magazine
Posted Aug 9, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " Elysium revs you up, and on its own dumb terms it delivers. But it's less fun when Blomkamp blows something up than when he sends it up ..." — NPR
Posted Aug 7, 2013
95% Hero (2004) " The austerity of Hero makes you realize how cluttered other action movies are." — Slate
Posted Aug 5, 2013
92% Insomnia (2002) " With a run-of-the-mill bad-guy actor playing chief suspect Walter Finch, the movie might have tipped too far Pacino's way. But Robin Williams is a shockingly effective counterweight." — Slate
Posted Aug 5, 2013
54% Lovelace (2013) " Lovelace is a respectable job, but it never goes deep." — New York Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2013
97% Chicken Run (2000) " This first feature by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, is a diabolically witty piece of work, a haymaker." — Slate
Posted Aug 4, 2013
93% Out of Sight (1998) " Out of Sight is slick in all the right ways." — Slate
Posted Aug 4, 2013
87% X-Men: First Class (2011) " The climax is the biggest letdown, a giant hash of crosscutting and unremarkable (in an era in which we've seen everything) CGI." — New York Magazine
Posted Aug 3, 2013
89% Spider-Man (2002) " At its best, Spider-Man takes the adolescent yearning at the heart of most superhero sagas and gives it a lovely swing." — Slate
Posted Aug 3, 2013
90% Bridesmaids (2011) " Bridesmaids is likely to be a hit with both women and men, being half formula chick-flick, half raunchy comedy of humiliation. It's hilarious -- and too bifurcated to be satisfying." — New York Magazine
Posted Aug 2, 2013
92% Saving Private Ryan (1998) " What Steven Spielberg has accomplished in Saving Private Ryan is to make violence terrible again. Nothing in the movie's melodramatic narrative can diminish the shocking immediacy of its combat scenes." — Slate
Posted Aug 2, 2013
91% Face/Off (1997) " A knockout new thriller by John Woo." — Slate
Posted Aug 2, 2013
23% The Canyons (2013) " The Canyons isn't just bad, it's rank - and it takes a peculiar sort of integrity to denude the frame of life to the point where it smells to heaven." — Vulture
Posted Aug 2, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " The idea of Wolverine fighting off waves of yakuza and ninjas amid shoji screens is tantalizing, but Mangold bungles the staging and cuts so fast that you can't ever savor their silhouettes." — Vulture
Posted Jul 26, 2013
92% The Spectacular Now (2013) " Most teen movies are cocktails of melancholy and elation. This one is best at its most un-transcendent-when it most evokes that period when we never knew what we were supposed to do with the pain." — New York Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " [Allen's] new drama Blue Jasmine comes this close to being a wheeze. But he sells it beautifully." — New York Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2013
98% Blackfish (2013) " This is one of those docs during which audiences gasp and cry out - or just cry - at regular intervals." — Vulture
Posted Jul 19, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " I thought it was just about the worst ... thing I've ever seen. In fact, I was depressed it wasn't laughed off the screen." — Vulture
Posted Jul 19, 2013
95% The Act Of Killing (2013) " Bizarre to the point of trippiness, yet it's one of the most lucid portraits of evil I've ever seen." — New York Magazine
Posted Jul 15, 2013
72% Pacific Rim (2013) " It's as if Del Toro neuro-linked with a robot and then couldn't figure out how to work the controls -- and so watched impotently as the machine made the major creative decisions." — New York Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2013
94% Fruitvale Station (2013) " Fruitvale Station will rock your world -- and, if the life of Oscar Grant means anything, compel you to work to change it." — New York Magazine
Posted Jul 1, 2013
51% White House Down (2013) " Emmerich is an old hand at blowing up the White House and finds new wings as well as other national monuments to destroy: They blow up real good." — Vulture
Posted Jun 28, 2013
94% The Truman Show (1998) " The movie might have been a soulless exercise without [Carrey]. With him, it has an authentic tremulousness, and also a dread, as if Pinocchio needed to take on Gepetto and Jiminy Crickett to become a real boy." — Slate
Posted Jun 19, 2013
62% Byzantium (2013) " The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore." — New York Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2013
56% Man of Steel (2013) " The movie isn't dead on arrival, like Snyder's over-reverent Watchmen. But it's pleasure-free." — New York Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " The Bling Ring is enjoyable. And it's always easy on the eyes." — New York Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " You gasp at the ecstatic convergence of lung power and spirit." — New York Magazine
Posted Jun 10, 2013
87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " As Maisie, Aprile seems lit from within; a more vividly natural child actress I have trouble imagining." — New York Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2013
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