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David Edelstein

David Edelstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
96% Paterson (2016) I've never seen a film that captures the inner world of an artist with such delicacy. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 27, 2016
95% Fences (2016) It's not cinematic enough to make you forget you're watching something conceived for another, more spatially constricted medium, but it's too cinematic to capture the intensity, the concentration, of a great theatrical event. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 24, 2016
92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Flat, sober, paced like an art picture, its themes never directly announced: Toni Erdmann should be deadly. Instead, people scream at the screen. Really, they go crazy. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 21, 2016
84% Silence (2017) Beginning with Mean Streets, Judas has loomed large in Scorsese's work. With Silence, he's working toward his own Gospel of Judas. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 20, 2016
93% 20th Century Women (2017) 20th Century Women is irreducible ... although certain adjectives and adverbs do leap to mind: generous, reflective, absolutely delightful. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 20, 2016
31% Passengers (2016) Something of the movie's true spirit can be detected in the face of Sheen's bartending android, Arthur. Just below the smiling surface he's ironic, mischievous, dirty-minded. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 19, 2016
85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) The movie didn't rekindle the thrill of seeing, say, The Empire Strikes Back, but Rogue One will loom pretty large in the Star Wars galaxy - if only because there's so little competition. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 14, 2016
93% La La Land (2016) The closest thing since Cherbourg to a unified-field theory of music and film. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 6, 2016
88% Jackie (2016) Jackie is a hard movie to love, but its brittleness might be its most admirable quality. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 1, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Zemeckis has fashioned a good old-fashioned World War II romantic espionage movie, but that wouldn't matter a damn if the leads weren't beautiful and didn't look great in period clothes. They are and they do. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 22, 2016
73% Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) Rowling and her studio are not so much telling a story as erecting another "tentpole," the Hollywood name for a "franchise" that becomes a virus - but is nonetheless regarded as a remedy for red ink. I only wish there were a vaccine. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 17, 2016
96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Affleck proves he can convey suffering as well as any actor alive. His trebly voice is cracked with pain. He comes with his own chill fog. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 16, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) It gets the little things wrong - and that matters - but the broad outlines right. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 14, 2016
89% Loving (2016) The performances are very fine. Watching Negga, I was afraid to blink - I wanted to see everything that passed between Mildred and Richard, no matter how fleeting. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 9, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Much of Arrival - the part that sticks closest to its source, egghead sci-fi cult figure Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" - is an eerie, tantalizing, altogether superb puzzler. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 8, 2016
90% Doctor Strange (2016) Doctor Strange has a dazzling, kaleidoscopic palette that compensates for the usual thin-ish story featuring A-list actors zapping one another, along with a hero who looks fearsomely witty even in repose. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 3, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Say what you will about Mad Mel Gibson, he's a driven, febrile artist, and there isn't a second in his war film Hacksaw Ridge - not even the ones that should register as clichés - that doesn't burn with his peculiar intensity. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 2, 2016
94% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) The surface is classical, while Park's perversity bubbles up from beneath. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 28, 2016
19% Inferno (2016) Ron Howard's mostly lame adaptation of Dan Brown's wholly lame novel. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 28, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Hype would bruise Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, which is so delicate in its touch that the usual superlatives sound unusually shrill. It's the gentlest, most suggestive of great films. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 19, 2016
51% The Accountant (2016) The Accountant is laughable, but when you're not laughing at it, you're laughing with it. It's enjoyable enough. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 14, 2016
90% Certain Women (2016) Certain Women turns out to be a study in women's uncertainties, in the experience of pain that leads not to action but acceptance. It's a slow go - but you get there. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 14, 2016
43% The Girl on the Train (2016) A filmmaker has a feel for this kind of storytelling or doesn't, and the people behind The Girl on the Train don't. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 7, 2016
72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) I was surprised by how closely it conforms, beat by beat, to the most ruthless Hollywood vigilante template. It's all about insults, emasculation. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 3, 2016
97% 13th (2016) In the main 13th makes connections that haven't been made in a mainstream documentary before. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 2, 2016
83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) My only serious complaint about Deepwater Horizon is that it's not quite the muckraker I'd hoped for. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 2, 2016
78% American Honey (2016) Lane is everything Arnold must have hoped she'd be. The longing is in her eyes, but her mouth, with its thick upper lip, suggests skepticism and a healthy self-possession. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 27, 2016
76% Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) Although it's patchy and gives off an air of trying too hard, the movie is surprisingly funny. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 20, 2016
61% Snowden (2016) Stone is so intent on making Snowden an icon that he scrubs him of his nuances, his individuality. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 16, 2016
82% Author: The JT LeRoy Story (2016) There is such a thing as a passionate, headlong phony, and you'll meet her in Author: The JT LeRoy Story. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 8, 2016
59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The movie ends up seeming like an inchoate hybrid of melodrama and psychodrama-between the oceans, indeed. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 2, 2016
76% Buffalo '66 (1998) Gallo's combination of crudeness and sophistication has a preternatural power. ‐ Slate
Posted Aug 30, 2016
87% Don't Breathe (2016) It's visually resourceful and honest in how it sets up and delivers on its shocks. There isn't a single false scare. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 26, 2016
87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) It's a wobbly, uneven, ultimately wonderful film - its unevenness befitting its title character, who we come to love despite her loopy lack of awareness of her own deficiencies. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 12, 2016
86% Pete's Dragon (2016) After half an hour or so of ... stutter steps, Pete's Dragon starts working on you, much like those gold standards of the boy-and-his-otherworldly-friend genre, E.T. and The Iron Giant. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 12, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) Hell or High Water is a rare humanist Western: Finality is the true villain. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 11, 2016
26% Suicide Squad (2016) The year's most muddled piece of storytelling. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 2, 2016
56% Jason Bourne (2016) Jones's dyspeptic deadpan is the only fun thing in Jason Bourne. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 28, 2016
82% Indignation (2016) Schamus's style is deliberate but not cold, and the performances he has elicited are passionately deliberate. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 28, 2016
76% Lights Out (2016) Bello is an excellent actress and makes Sophie's anguish credible, although she can't rise above the material. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 23, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) Lin knows how to shoot his fights from unexpected angles and with enough spatial-temporal variables to keep us jolt-addicts rocking in our seat, happy to be dizzy. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 21, 2016
99% Don't Think Twice (2016) I don't know how Birbiglia pulled it off, but he gets the minutiae of an improv-comedy show thrillingly right while using the form to build a kind of allegory of the corrosive effects of capitalism. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 19, 2016
70% Café Society (2016) Allen narrates in a voice that, for the first time, suggests his 80 years of age. But his touch lightens with each film, and the melancholy bubbles up from below and catches you off guard. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 14, 2016
82% Captain Fantastic (2016) Ross is an exuberant filmmaker - he pulls you into this family's world. And the kids are wonderful, all of them: fierce redheads, but wide-eyed and watchful. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 13, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) The new Ghostbusters isn't a horror, exactly. It's just misbegotten. It never lives. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 11, 2016
93% Life, Animated (2016) I had to fight off skepticism about Life, Animated - it feels a little tidy. But maybe there is something to be gained from identifying with a character onscreen if you have immense difficulty navigating the world. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 8, 2016
36% The Legend of Tarzan (2016) The Legend of Tarzan plays as if a dog ate part of the script. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 1, 2016
75% The BFG (2016) The BFG is a labor of love that sometimes wears its love too laboriously, but a surfeit of rapture isn't the worst thing in a movie ... ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 30, 2016
77% Wiener-Dog (2016) I loved it, but you might not. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 24, 2016
51% Genius (2016) It makes for half-baked drama. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 16, 2016