David Edelstein

David Edelstein

Agrees with the Tomatometer 75% of the time.

David Edelstein's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
73% Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Little here is new, but the archival footage is well chosen, the interviewees are illuminating, and Gibney, as usual, potently synthesizes what's out there. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Sep 4, 2015
78% Z For Zachariah (2015) "Although the movie stops at the book's two-thirds mark, the abrupt ending is a killer. It creeped me out and then laid me out. For days I couldn't get out of my head the way it wreaked havoc on my sympathies. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 28, 2015
46% American Ultra (2015) "The movie evaporates in the mind, but Stewart and Eisenberg have real movie-star chemistry. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 21, 2015
91% Grandma (2015) "Though it's loaded with laugh lines, Grandma is saturated in melancholy and an irreversible sense of loss. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 21, 2015
92% Meru (2015) "The movie is a packed 90 minutes and the familiar critical superlatives don't capture it. Just go to Meru. The movie, I mean, not the climb. It's a peak experience. " ‐ NPR
Posted Aug 21, 2015
90% Straight Outta Compton (2015) "Straight Outta Compton aims to cross cultures and sanctify the wisdom of the street-to make a universal underdog story. It succeeds on a visceral level. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 15, 2015
67% The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) "It's breezy and elegant - so breezily elegant it can make you laugh out loud from frame to frame. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 15, 2015
88% Fort Tilden (2015) "The movie is broad and mean and for a while very funny, but even when it goes sour - when the world slaps them in the face for their sins - it doesn't lose its momentum. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 7, 2015
62% Ricki And The Flash (2015) "Ricki and the Flash swerves near stereotypes and swerves away at every turn. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Aug 7, 2015
92% The End Of The Tour (2015) "Ponsoldt and Margulies have squeezed every last drop of subtext out of the material, and at times the movie's small canvas feels momentous. They've found the inner tensions in people's presentations of themselves in a way that's positively Wallace-like. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 31, 2015
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) "Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation doesn't have the nonsensical lyricism of Brad Bird's stupendous Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, but it's still pretty good. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 30, 2015
96% Listen To Me Marlon (2015) "Stevan Riley's Listen to Me Marlon is the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film, and it's no coincidence that it's about film's greatest and most searching actor. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 29, 2015
60% Southpaw (2015) "I veered between being awed and appalled, though mostly the latter. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 24, 2015
99% Phoenix (2015) "A haunting, morbidly romantic melodrama with obvious links to Vertigo, but from a reverse angle. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 24, 2015
80% A Hard Day (2015) "When was the last time you saw a modern thriller with so much narrative and visual wit that you were simultaneously laughing and crying out in fear - the kind the Coen brothers often make and Spielberg when he's in a Hitchcockian mood? " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 19, 2015
40% Irrational Man (2015) "Allen seems genuinely turned on by this crime-and-punishment fantasy and its erotic trappings, and his engagement carries you along. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 17, 2015
79% Ant-Man (2015) "Ant-Man isn't much more than pleasant (Peyton Reed directs limply), but anything Marvel that doesn't feel Marvel-ish makes me smile. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 17, 2015
57% Blade II (2002) "There's no script to speak of, but del Toro devises every battle to wow even the most jaded martial-arts mavens; the dissolutions and implosions are beautiful. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 14, 2015
10% Elektra (2005) "There isn't a whisper of spontaneity. " ‐ Slate
Posted Jul 14, 2015
92% Cartel Land (2015) "One of the year's most important documentaries ... " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 12, 2015
95% Tangerine (2015) "What's extraordinary about Tangerine is that it's everything an entertaining, old-fashioned, mainstream Hollywood comedy should be but no longer is. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 8, 2015
65% Magic Mike XXL (2015) "Sure, this is a dumb sequel and everyone's on one level slumming. But they're slumming in style. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2015
26% Terminator Genisys (2015) "As lousy as the movie is, I must speak up for its makers' valiant attempt to make something old look new and also old ... and new. It's a vexing problem for a system that relies on sequels, "franchises," "tentpoles," etc. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2015
97% Amy (2015) "Amy is alternately thrilling and devastating, throwing you back and forth until the devastation takes over and you spend the last hour watching the most supernaturally gifted vocalist of her generation chase and find oblivion. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jul 2, 2015
82% Eden (2015) "I think the triumph of the film itself is its centrifugal force, its dispersed palette, its constant movement away from a center - the reverse direction of those records on Paul's Technics turntable. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 20, 2015
26% Burying the Ex (2015) "It's a lot of fun, and Dante's heart is palpably in it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 19, 2015
82% The Overnight (2015) "Does Brice even fully grasp what he's getting at? Maybe not. That's why this is such a juicy specimen of the Cocktail Party Walpurgisnacht subgenre. He's in nearly the same place as his riven characters. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 19, 2015
98% Inside Out (2015) "This teeming, tear-duct-draining, exhaustingly inventive, surreal animated comedy is going to be a new pop-culture touchstone. In all kinds of ways it's a mind-opener. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 17, 2015
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Nearly every drop of human experience in it is mediated by movies, not in some Godardian assault on false Hollywood narratives but to flatter an audience too self-consciously hip to swallow this story straight. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 13, 2015
71% Jurassic World (2015) "At its best, it's good enough to take your mind off its worst, which is saying a lot. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 12, 2015
84% The Wolfpack (2015) "The Wolfpack is a reminder that much of the "crap" we decry has the potential to liberate, offering a bridge off the island of terror we call the nuclear family. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 8, 2015
81% Testament Of Youth (2015) "Mournful, very fine ... " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 5, 2015
90% Love & Mercy (2015) "It has the two things a Brian Wilson story needs above all: a sense of mystery and the right vibrations - good, bad, weird. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 5, 2015
93% Spy (2015) "Feig keeps throwing so much stuff at you - gross-out gags, chases, brutal violence, not to mention actors working their heads off - that he finally wears down your resistance. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 4, 2015
72% American Sniper (2015) "Eastwood makes the moral stakes almost nonexistent. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 29, 2015
85% Heaven Knows What (2015) "By the end of Heaven Knows What, you see Ilya's fragile, unguarded soul through Harley's eyes, and the film's discordances sound like the music of the spheres. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 29, 2015
50% San Andreas (2015) "There are things in San Andreas that no one would have dreamed of seeing 40 years ago, when Earthquake (with its tacky, plaster-cracking "Sensurround") represented the state of the art. But nothing means anything. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 29, 2015
50% Tomorrowland (2015) "Tomorrowland is the most enchanting reactionary cultural diatribe ever made. It's so smart, so winsome, so utterly rejuvenating that you'll have to wait until your eyes have dried and your buzz has worn off before you can begin to argue with it. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 21, 2015
75% Good Kill (2015) "Potent enough to make me wish it were less clunky. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 17, 2015
67% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "It actually is difficult to write a review of Pitch Perfect 2. First you have to think up and reject a bunch of adjectives and nouns to pair with "a ca," as in, "It's a ca-lousy" ... " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 15, 2015
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "I saw it twice and liked it vastly more the second time around, when I'd adjusted my expectations and had my bearings from the get-go. Then it became about digging the spectacle - not to mention the hilarious sexual politics. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 15, 2015
84% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) "Moviegoers often say, "Forget about the book, even if it's a 'classic.' How does the film work on its own terms?" But that's the point: On its own terms, it's bewildering. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 12, 2015
85% The Seven Five (2015) "I think people like Russell add to the toxicity, thickening the wall that separates cops from the citizens they're tasked to protect. But maybe we need someone as plainly amoral to make a documentary as good as The Seven Five ... " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 8, 2015
54% Maggie (2015) "Most of Maggie is so dark you can barely make out the zombies or the humans. It also moves more slowly than the ghouls. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 8, 2015
74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "The amazing thing about Avengers: Age of Ultron is that it's reasonably enjoyable while feeling less like a movie than an epic sowing of seeds for multiple Marvel properties. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 30, 2015
60% Unfriended (2015) "It's a mean, potent little movie. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 16, 2015
97% About Elly (2015) "It's breezy, then suspenseful, and gradually, crushingly sad. On its own terms, it's a perfect film. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 10, 2015
92% Ex Machina (2015) "Clever novelist and screenwriter Alex Garland makes a half-dandy directorial debut with Ex Machina, a sci-fi film that - like much of his work - fakes excitingly in the direction of breaking new ground before turning formulaic so fast. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 9, 2015
89% Clouds of Sils Maria (2015) "A film of countless earthly pleasures, chief among them the faces of three very different but fascinating actresses: Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, and ChloĆ« Grace Moretz. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 9, 2015
81% Furious 7 (2015) "Furious 7 kicks the biggest and hardest, but it's far from the best. " ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 3, 2015
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