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David Edelstein

David Edelstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% The Favourite (2018) Though mostly twaddle as history, Yorgos Lanthimos's The Favourite is wonderful, nasty fun, a period drama (wigs, breeches, beauty spots) that holds the screen with gnashing teeth and slashing nails.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
82% Green Book (2018) The acting is better than the dialogue, which is better than the plotting. And I have to confess that in the current, insanely divisive political climate, I enjoyed Green Book's spoon-feeding mightily.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
60% Outlaw King (2018) I suppose what I'm asking is, "What's not to like?"‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2018
85% Boy Erased (2018) Edgerton proves an incisive filmmaker. Every beat has weight. Every close-up registers. He values silence - he trusts you to feel things along with his characters.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
93% The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) This is the sort of film that traditionally marks the start of an artist's "late phase" - one in which old motifs are brought back in different keys and tested, and in which the bounds of realism are loosened. For the Coens, it's a thrilling new frontier.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2018
63% Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Some of the liberties do Mercury and Queen an injustice, but most are harmless (if dim). A hundred small things wrong barely matter when there are one or two big things right.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
81% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Don't dig too deep into The Other Side of the Wind: It's largely surface. But what a surface. And what a chest of toys for a man who never lost his childlike delight in playing with the medium.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
61% Suspiria (2018) The movie would be a hoot if it didn't drag on for two and a half hours and feature witches who talk so much that Hansel and Gretel would fling themselves into the oven to get it over with.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) A test of an actor is playing someone who's split in so many ways that he moves forward while looking backwards and vice versa, and Chalamet is already a master. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) After a purposefully slow start, the movie builds and becomes relentless. Maybe you can't go home again, but in the age of fanboy auteurs, you can go back to Haddonfield.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
57% The Signal (2008) The schlock-horror signal in which they've been bathed makes them believe that their grindhouse misogyny is the human condition.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
73% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Bad Times at the El Royale isn't an event. But I was never too bored.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
29% Venom (2018) It's hard to mess up a car chase up and down the streets of San Francisco and Fleischer certainly doesn't, though at these speeds we should be gasping and laughing instead of just nodding our heads.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
84% The Land of Steady Habits (2018) A great actor when his motor is running fast, Mendelsohn is surprisingly attractive at slower speeds and better when Holofcener makes him twist.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2018
94% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Jenkins has cemented his style: lush romance on top, hyper-realistic despair just beneath the surface.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Lady Gaga triumphs as a young woman averse to artifice and fame-hounding. The movie is a hell of a magic act.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
90% Widows (2018) It's a stark, violent, cynical but thoroughly entertaining caper picture.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
88% First Man (2018) The moon was hard-earned and so was this movie. It's a stupendous feat.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
99% Tower (2016) The sheer beauty of the images gives Tower a surreal quality and drenches it in emotion. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
81% Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) This isn't his smoothest film, but it's his fullest and most original. It's also his most urgent, which is really saying something.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
59% Operation Finale (2018) The pacing is off from the first scenes, thick with exposition but skimpy on clarity.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
23% The Happytime Murders (2018) Comedies this broad come down to percentage games and (in what has become a ritual for me, alas), I estimate less than 10 percent of screenwriter Todd Berger's jokes land.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
100% Minding the Gap (2018) Minding the Gap feels deceptively loose, even rambling, but as the seasons pass (the film takes place over four years), you begin to feel Liu's drive toward catharsis for all three of his main characters.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
97% Blaze (2018) Hawke obviously loves hanging out with Dickey's Foley, adjusting to his rhythms, suggesting through his pacing that he never wants to leave this milieu.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2018
92% A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) Once the audience adjusts to its rhythms, it exerts a powerful fascination.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
95% BlacKkKlansman (2018) Lee doesn't do subtlety. But the movie is very entertaining and comes with a stupendous, lushly melodic score by Terence Blanchard.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
87% Madeline's Madeline (2018) Madeline's Madeline is thrillingly confounding.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Though slow, it's intense, and you're hooked from its first scene... to its last, wrenching image. Spiro is a real filmmaker.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
49% The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) The movie runs down at the two-thirds mark. ... There's plenty to hold you, though.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
88% Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2018) The power of Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood is cumulative.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
86% The Captain (Der Hauptmann) (2018) We are left to contemplate this vision of Fascism as a machine that, once turned on, can sustain itself even in the absence of explicit direction from above.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) Fallout... isn't the best of the bunch (that would be number four, Brad Bird's Ghost Protocol), but it's easily the second-best and certainly the Cruise-iest, meaning it's nearly as entertaining as it is strenuous. Which is a mighty high bar!‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2018
89% Far From the Tree (2018) Far From the Tree throws so much at you that you'll want to pick up the book and read (or reread) it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
46% Skyscraper (2018) Skyscraper is one of the stupidest movies I've seen since San Andreas, but I enjoyed it a great deal - more than San Andreas, certainly, as well as Rampage and Baywatch and most other Dwayne Johnson pictures.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
99% Eighth Grade (2018) If there's a more haunting portrait of what it's like to grow up now, I'm not sure I could take it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
53% The First Purge (2018) God help me, I'm torn down the middle, but that exposed middle is where the horror genre plants its seeds.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jul 4, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The payoffs aren't plot points but the gags, which somehow defuse the tension without turning the picture into camp. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
96% Three Identical Strangers (2018) Tim Wardle has shaped the film as a detective story in which the more pieces of the puzzle are filled in, the more disgusted and infuriated we become. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
55% Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (2018) The writer-director, Christian Papierniak, made his name with the video game NBA 2K18. He appears to be trying to split the difference between that arena and the world of "edgy" indie female-driven comedy.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
33% The Catcher Was A Spy (2018) The movie is well-crafted, but it doesn't have the fullness you'd expect in a movie with so much believe-it-or-not weirdness. It feels more like a nifty anecdote.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
52% Boundaries (2018) Boundaries is earnest in way that partly makes up for the overbroad characters and stale setup.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) The heart of Leave No Trace is the rapport between the father and daughter, and McKenzie and Foster are keyed to each other's movements, perhaps even each other's thoughts. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
68% The Happy Prince (2018) The Happy Prince proves that a film can be both bleak and warm-spirited, as befits its mighty subject.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
94% Incredibles 2 (2018) Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is, much like its predecessor, delightful as an animated feature but really, really delightful as a superhero picture.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
85% Nancy (2018) Nancy is a grim piece of work, but Choe's empathy for her protagonist gives the film its distinctive texture - woebegone, with flickers of both hope and dread.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2018
99% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Kids need the antic and unruly as much as they need the soft acceptance of Fred Rogers. But there is no doubt that we miss him, badly.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) The movie plays like a strenuous imitation of Steven Spielberg instead of the real deal.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
89% Hereditary (2018) When you pare away its demonic accoutrements, you're left with the most intractably nightmarish arena of all: hearth and home.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
14% Action Point (2018) I laughed like a hyena during the movie: It's liberating to be told - implicitly - that for 90 minutes you don't have to worry about real-world consequences.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
88% American Animals (2018) Layton roots the story in a mixture of peer pressure, toxic masculinity, and the dread of young men who feel the fruits of capitalism growing beyond their reach.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018