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David Edelstein

David Edelstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
98% First Reformed (2018) The searching loss-of-faith drama First Reformed is the happy result of Paul Schrader's entering the what-the-hell-let's-go-for-it stage of his long and bravely self-lacerating career.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
82% Deadpool 2 (2018) If the filmmakers were as self-reflexive as they pretend to be, they'd find a way to show that Deadpool's insides are becoming as charred as his face.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
22% Terminal (2018) What's Terminal about? It's about 90 minutes. That's a cheap shot, but since the film doesn't establish a baseline of reality, it's hard to pick out a premise.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
91% Revenge (2018) Ah, but is it a good revenge movie? Oui, vraiment, and one that doesn't leave you feeling particularly sordid.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
93% RBG (2018) Even with such rich material, the movie can be a tad prosaic. But as you listen to Ginsburg read her words, you begin to perceive the secret of her power.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
77% The Rachel Divide (2018) Brownson has done exactly what she needed to: show how Dolezal was formed, how society responded to her insistence that "race is a construct," and how she's coping in the face of such relentless hatred.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2018
75% The Seagull (2018) Arkadina is one of literature's most narcissistic mothers - which is saying something - and yet Bening makes her damnably human.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
83% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Marvel's triumph is not that we are loyal audiences, not even loyal fans. We are slaves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
87% Tully (2018) The Tully-Marlo relationship is born of solipsism and inner drama, and Cody turns out to be amazingly gifted at it.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
48% Marrowbone (2018) Marrowbone is proof that with a strong sense of place and characters an audience cares about, you can make a good horror movie without games, gimmicks, or even much narrative coherence.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
60% 10x10 (2018) A critic can't say much about this movie except it works up a good amount of lather and how much you like it will depend on how surprised you are by its zigs and zags.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Everything here...feels slotted into an existing template.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2018
77% Beirut (2018) In the tightly plotted espionage thriller Beirut, Jon Hamm has finally gotten a movie script that lets him strut his stuff.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2018
80% Where Is Kyra? (2018) Michelle Pfeiffer is stunning as a desperate, near-destitute woman whose life is shrouded in darkness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
83% Blockers (2018) Beneath the whacking, smutty, in-your-face teen sex farce, Blockers is a mature, thoughtful exploration of parental responsibility and the capacity of burgeoning adults to navigate life's difficult choices.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
75% Paterno (2018) Paterno's makers, director Barry Levinson and writers Debora Cahn and John C. Richards, have a risky idea that mostly pays off: They've constructed their film around a vacuum.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
79% Chappaquiddick (2018) Plays out simultaneously like a political thriller, a tale of injustice, and a rewriting of a beloved public figure - and had me immediately searching Wikipedia to devour more details.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
95% A Quiet Place (2018) Krasinski gets terrific performances from everyone: It's a convincing family. Which is nice, in a way, despite the ghastliness of the situation.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
48% The Last Movie Star (2018) The Last Movie Star strikes a note of banality in its first sequence from which it rarely deviates.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
88% Love After Love (2018) I found it a great masochistic experience.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
73% Ready Player One (2018) A lively and agreeable work of fanboy art - a first-rate film fashioned from secondhand materials.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2018
93% Loveless (Nelyubov) (2018) Loveless is about a state of mind, a lament, an indictment of crimes against the human spirit.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
89% Isle of Dogs (2018) Wes Anderson's animated feature Isle of Dogs might be the most lyrically disjunctive movie ever made: Nothing fits together and everything harmonizes, magically.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
73% Final Portrait (2018) Tucci settles in behind the camera with what I imagine to be a tiny smile, savoring the step-by-step process of creation from both his characters and his actors. They're fun to watch.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2018
79% Unsane (2018) In spite of the somewhat-cheesy climax, I came away admiring Unsane.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
49% Tomb Raider (2018) A tight, fast, well-made B picture that delivered exactly what it promised. I liked it much.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
39% A Wrinkle in Time (2018) Let me put a more positive spin on a negative review. The book is still out there for everyone to read: Please do so.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
96% The Death of Stalin (2018) It takes some time to adjust to the mix of silly, peevish bureaucrats and the serious atrocities they inflict. But that's the beauty of the thing.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
45% 90th Academy Awards (2018) This was the best, most inspiring, and most sheerly likable Academy Awards telecast I've ever seen and I've seen 'em all.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2018
15% Mute (2018) Mute is pretty meh but gets points for randomness.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
47% Red Sparrow (2018) Figuring out whether someone is a double, triple, or quadruple agent isn't a brain-teaser, it's a brain-irritant, especially when the script is so convoluted.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
96% Foxtrot (2018) No scene unfolds in a straight line, and Ashkenazi carries so much inner tension that even in repose he seems in furious motion - cognitively foxtrotting, if you will.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2018
81% The Party (2018) It's easier to respect a filmmaker's sense of hopelessness when it's mixed with this much affection.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
No Score Yet What They Had (2018) There's raw power in Chomko's writing, but so much scrupulousness and craft that you feel safe when the time comes to weep.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
97% Black Panther (2018) Coogler has proven he can play in the big boys' house.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
59% Juliet, Naked (2018) [Rose] Byrne is the heart of Juliet, Naked, and she's so winning I was willing to forgive even the odd spasm of Meg Ryan-ish mugging. ‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2018
61% Please Stand By (2018) You can guess how most of its scenes will play before you even come to them, and it has a circumspect, sanitized quality, as if meant to be shown in group homes without causing undue upset.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2018
81% I Think We're Alone Now (2018) After its intriguing start, the movie gets dumb and dumberer.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
61% A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2017) An impishly meta cartoon that manages to squeeze in some serious themes - although I'm not sure it leaves you with more than a desire to read (or reread) Kenney's most famous Lampoon works.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
100% Wildlife (2018) This is a superb film.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
80% Damsel (2018) I was alternately delighted and irritated, though mostly a very happy camper.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
42% Ophelia (2018) This is the ultimate female take-back-the-narrative movie, and frankly a lot of it is silly and sophomoric. But it's also juicy and fun ...‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
70% Lizzie (2018) The problem is the enervated pacing and ludicrous depiction - after much fancy skipping back and forth in time - of the murders themselves.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
75% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) Phoenix tends to get lost in his parts, which can lead him (along with his films) astray. But when his high-wire emotional arc suits the movie, there are few who can touch him.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
54% 12 Strong (2018) The Horse Soldiers' story is unconventional, and the film-produced by uber-slickster Jerry Bruckheimer-has been shaped along conventional war-movie lines.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
94% Private Life (2018) Jenkins' writing underlines the fundamental instability at the heart of all our lives, while proposing that most universal of remedies: empathy, love.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
84% The Final Year (2018) At least one viewer wept all the way through the credits.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
90% The Insult (L'insulte) (2018) The Insult fairly hurtles along, throwing not just Muslims against Christians, but also husbands against wives and fathers against daughters. Part of the film is a crackerjack courtroom drama. What's dull is the trajectory.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2018
28% Proud Mary (2018) You'd think a movie called Proud Mary would be sonically sensational, but the busy score is so ineffectual that it might as well be coming from the next multiplex screen over.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 12, 2018
58% The Strange Ones (2018) The Strange Ones is a perfect demonstration of how the craft of storytelling is also the craft of withholding - of revealing as little as possible in carefully parceled-out amounts.‐ New York Magazine/Vulture
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2018