David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

Why 'The Mummy' Is The Most Important Bad Movie Of The Year

Friday, June 16, 2017

The lousiness of The Mummy isn't the stars' fault — it's the storytelling. Universal has announced plans to make more like it, which is scarier than anything in the movie itself.


'My Cousin Rachel' Spins A 19th-Century Melodrama About A Mysterious Young Widow

Friday, June 09, 2017

Rachel Weisz plays a widow who might have designs on her cousin's fortune in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel. Critic David Edelstein says the film will keep viewers in suspense.


Gal Gadot Shines As 'Wonder Woman,' Despite The Film's By-The-Numbers Plot

Friday, June 02, 2017

DC Comics' new Wonder Woman adaptation centers on a trained warrior who hates war. Critic David Edelstein says the heroine is the best part of the film's "tacky superhero universe."


'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.


'Last Men In Aleppo' Captures The Horror And Humanity Of The Syrian Crisis

Friday, May 12, 2017

A new documentary focuses on a group of emergency volunteers in Syria's largest city known as the White Helmets. Critic David Edelstein says Last Men In Aleppo is a powerful and affecting work.


'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Is Overlong And Void Of Suspense

Friday, May 05, 2017

Marvel returns to its Guardians superheroes in this sequel, but the resulting film is lacking. Critic David Edelstein calls Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 "a big mess — with dumb jokes."


Film Adaptation Of 'The Circle' Is Part Satire, Part Moralistic Melodrama

Friday, April 28, 2017

Emma Watson and Tom Hanks star in the remake of Dave Eggers' novel about a giant social media company. Critic David Edelstein says he found much of the acting overheated and the ending confusing.


An Amazon Adventurer Is Weighed Down By Family Ties In 'Lost City of Z'

Friday, April 14, 2017

An English explorer searches for the remains of a supposed rain forest metropolis in James Gray's new film. Critic David Edelstein says The Lost City Of Z will "pull you in and along."


Genre-Bending 'Colossal' Mixes Monster Metaphor With Romantic Comedy

Friday, April 07, 2017

Anne Hathaway plays a woman mysteriously linked to a monster in South Korea in her latest film. Critic David Edelstein says Colossal shows that "even the dumbest genres can be used to profound ends."


A Middle-Aged Misanthrope Reconnects With His Long Lost Daughter In 'Wilson'

Friday, March 24, 2017

Daniel Clowes' angst-ridden graphic novel is the basis for a new film starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Critic David Edelstein says Wilson's abrasive protagonist is worth getting to know.


With 'T2: Trainspotting,' Director Danny Boyle Proves You can Go Home Again

Friday, March 17, 2017

More than 20 years after the release of the original film about a band of thieving Scottish junkies, Boyle returns to the same characters. Critic David Edelstein calls the new film "tremendous fun."


'Sense Of An Ending' Lacks The Punch Of The Prize-Winning Novel It's Based On

Friday, March 10, 2017

The film tells the story of an emotionally shut-down man who gradually learns that the events of his past are not as he remembers. David Edelstein says the movie, unlike the book, is a "non-event."


The X-Men Franchise Takes An Intense, Scorched-Earth Turn With 'Logan'

Friday, March 03, 2017

Major characters go down in showers of blood and gore in the latest stand-alone Wolverine film. Critic David Edelstein says that Logan is an "incredibly bleak ... crackerjack piece of work."


'Get Out' Mixes Satire, Race And Horror, And The Result Is A Scream

Friday, February 24, 2017

A young white woman brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents in director Jordan Peele's first feature film. Critic David Edelstein says Get Out is a comic thriller worth seeing.


'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter

Friday, February 17, 2017

Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."


'The Salesman' Offers A Brilliant Portrayal Of Marriage And Vengeance

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's latest film is one of the five nominees for this year's foreign-language Academy Award. Critic David Edelstein says The Salesman is tense and powerful.


'Founder' Serves Up A Profile Of The Man Behind McDonald's

Monday, January 23, 2017

A new biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, who turned a single burger restaurant into a multi-billion dollar worldwide franchise. Critic David Edelstein says The Founder offers a dark dose of realism.


Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Friday, January 13, 2017

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.


'Paterson' Paints A Delicate Portrait Of A Bus Driver Who Writes Poetry

Friday, January 06, 2017

Jim Jarmusch's new film, Paterson, was loosely inspired by William Carlos Williams' epic poem of the same name. Critic David Edelstein says the film expertly evokes the inner state of an artist.


In 'An Excellent Year' For Film, Critic David Edelstein Shares His 12 Favorites

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Edelstein estimates that he saw 400 films in 2016 — more than enough to fill "a couple of 10-best lists." He talks about a dozen of them with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.