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David Edelstein

David Edelstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
51% Genius (2016) It makes for half-baked drama. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 16, 2016
58% Me Before You (2016) Fans of the best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes will be heartened to hear that she wrote the screenplay, too, and that she has preserved all the lines that - when read aloud - will provide much mirth at your next dinner party. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jun 3, 2016
48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) I liked it a lot. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 26, 2016
85% Maggie's Plan (2016) Maggie's Plan doesn't quite gel, but it's very enjoyable, and it has a solid emotional core. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 20, 2016
92% The Nice Guys (2016) The Nice Guys has a nice feel: just slick enough to keep from falling apart, just brutal enough to keep from seeming inconsequential. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 20, 2016
97% Weiner (2016) Weiner is a tabula rasa doc - one of the most provocative of its kind I've seen. Everyone's bound to have a different perspective. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 15, 2016
98% Love & Friendship (2016) The delight of its director, Whit Stillman, enlivens every scene, so what might have seemed stilted is full of human faces in exquisitely subtle states of panic. Heretical as it sounds, Stillman has improved on his source. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 9, 2016
90% Captain America: Civil War (2016) The best way to think of Captain America: Civil War is as a toy box in which the sheer quantity of toys partly makes up for the lack of anything new. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted May 2, 2016
76% Keanu (2016) Not bad for a first feature. And a mad-cute kitten. Help it make some money this weekend so they can all do it again. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 29, 2016
77% Elvis & Nixon (2016) In the opening crawl, Elvis & Nixon alerts us to the fact that no transcript exists of the title encounter, but if it didn't happen the way it does here, it should have. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 19, 2016
95% The Jungle Book (2016) It's dazzling - almost no one will dislike it. Its director, Jon Favreau, knows his audience, and he has enough skill and honest enthusiasm to win over all but the most determined skeptics. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 14, 2016
86% Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) What everybody wants in Everybody Wants Some!! is not just sex and success on the field. It's what we all want. It's time. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 8, 2016
72% Louder Than Bombs (2016) Trier makes you feel intimate with these people. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 7, 2016
89% Applause (Applaus) (2010) As much of [Steen] as there is, you'll want more. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Apr 7, 2016
73% Miles Ahead (2016) Cheadle has the right wariness and sad, shocked-open eyes. He can seem at once self-contained and feral. His rhythms are his own. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 24, 2016
27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It's a shame that Batman v Superman is also a storytelling disgrace. It has maybe six opening scenes and jumps so incessantly from subplot to subplot that a script doctor would diagnose a peculiarly modern infection: "disjunctivitis." ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 23, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) Nichols's mythic aspirations are still a puzzle to me; I'm not sure he has connected all the dots in his psyche yet, or that he fully brings off his finale. But I love watching his movies. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 19, 2016
97% Krisha (2016) There is hell to come in Krisha, but the artist stands back from the anger - and forgives. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 18, 2016
90% 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) 10 Cloverfield Lane does what it needs to do: make you sit and squirm and want very badly to know. It has the appeal of suspense radio plays from the '30s and '40s and even a touch of Orson Welles's most infamous Mercury Theater broadcast. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 11, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) What saves this big-budget cartoon behemoth is its modest, old-fashioned storytelling. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 4, 2016
46% Knight of Cups (2016) Archetypes have a way of turning into abstractions or, worse, clichés, and Malick repeats himself so much the movie comes to feel like self-parody. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 4, 2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) I was rooting for it so hard that I told myself I liked it even as it missed one mark after another. But in the end it's just shapeless and apolitical. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Mar 3, 2016
53% Triple 9 (2016) Given the movie's bloody stew of greed and sadism, its unbalanced frames and ear-scraping soundscape, its moral tidiness can bring a smile to your otherwise appalled face. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 25, 2016
90% A War (Krigen) (2016) A War confirms the darkest, least mentionable secret of traumatized veterans-that what haunts them is not just what they saw and what was done unto them, but what they did. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 21, 2016
97% Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016) It's another in a long, honorable line of films that chart the poisonous effects of colonialism on indigenous populations and their ecosystems, but with an unusually invigorating perspective, like a reverse-angle Heart of Darkness. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 19, 2016
91% The Witch (2016) To my taste, the movie finally feels rather one-dimensional, basic. But there's no disputing its awful power - it gets under your skin ... ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 16, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) How bad is Zoolander 2? It's Batman and Robin bad. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 12, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) It's not subversive - it's meant to elasticize and enhance the superhero genre, to flatter the audience for being hip enough to get all of those in-jokes. And I was flattered. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 11, 2016
85% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Hail, Caesar! might play better on the small screen, where you can savor its fodder piece by piece. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Feb 5, 2016
78% Naz & Maalik (2016) Here is one more piece of the puzzle that is American life - a piece that has never made it to the screen before. You wonder how many others are missing. ‐ NPR
Posted Jan 29, 2016
50% 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi (2016) Ham-handed but grueling and often effective ... ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 14, 2016
96% Son of Saul (2015) The movie doesn't expand in your mind - it shrinks along with its protagonist, its conclusion a reductio ad absurdum. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Jan 8, 2016
94% Room (2015) Room is astonishing: It transmutes a lurid, true-crime situation into a fairy tale in which fairy tales are a source of survival. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 30, 2015
99% Timbuktu (2015) For a film that makes you sick with dread, Timbuktu has a light, at times glancing touch. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 30, 2015
75% The Hateful Eight (2015) The movie is a lot of gore over a lot of nothing. I hope that won't be Tarantino's epitaph. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 23, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) I bet you'll have fun - I did, mostly. But it's the fun of seeing something fairly successfully redone, with the promise of more of the same to come. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 17, 2015
81% The Revenant (2015) I think The Revenant is, on the whole, pain without gain, but it's certainly a tour ​de force - literally, a feat of strength. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 11, 2015
60% Joy (2015) Joy finds its rhythm when the desperate Joy becomes the on-air salesperson for her own invention, managing to exploit the brand of capitalism that previously held her back - and loses it shortly thereafter ... ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 11, 2015
88% The Big Short (2015) McKay invents his own glorious goofball syntax: part business thriller, part stand-up comedy, with a liberal dash of NPR didacticism. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 7, 2015
91% The Lady In The Van (2015) The mystery is gone and so, frankly, is the thrill. But Maggie Smith does her best to give the role some edge. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 6, 2015
80% Chi-Raq (2015) It's sexy, brash, and potent - a powerful weapon in its own right. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Dec 4, 2015
80% Macbeth (2015) Fassbender is, in any case, the right Macbeth for the film that's little more than a chamber-music dirge, but his dullness made me wonder if he's really all that. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 30, 2015
95% Creed (2015) It's a hell of a movie, a funny mix of corn and street: street corn. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 25, 2015
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) A potent antiwar saga: bleak, savage, and very modern in the depiction of an unholy union between political manipulation and showbiz. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 19, 2015
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) Look, I wanted to love The Phantom Menace, too. I was an adolescent boy and would enjoy being one again for a couple of hours. But the movie has a way of deflating all but the most delusional of hopes. ‐ Slate
Posted Nov 16, 2015
65% Spectre (2015) The result is fun, even if it's a mishmash, leaving you shaken, not stirred. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 5, 2015
96% Spotlight (2015) Every actor rises to the occasion. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 5, 2015
97% Brooklyn (2015) Brooklyn doesn't quite capture Brooklyn, but its ambivalence about being Irish is gloriously epic. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Nov 4, 2015
35% Our Brand is Crisis (2015) Our Brand is Crisis hits a lot of clunky notes and the end is unforgivably cornball, but it's still one of the liveliest political black comedies I've seen in a while. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 30, 2015
52% I Smile Back (2015) The end of I Smile Back is daring enough to make you regret all the flaccid, poorly-shaped scenes that have preceded it. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Posted Oct 24, 2015