David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

High Glamour Infuses A Forbidden Love Affair In 'Carol'

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Todd Haynes' new film chronicles a lesbian affair between a middle-aged married woman and a young store clerk. Critic David Edelstein says Carol captures the thrill of a once-forbidden subculture.


'Mockingjay — Part 2' Ends The 'Hunger Games' Series With A Potent Anti-War Message

Friday, November 20, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss in the final film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' dystopian Hunger Games novels. Critic David Edelstein says that the saga ends "less with a bang than a whimper."


Old And New Worlds Collide In An Unpredictable, Lovely 'Brooklyn'

Friday, November 13, 2015

Saoirse Ronan plays a homesick Irish immigrant forced to choose between two suitors – and two countries — in the new film, Brooklyn. Critic David Edelstein says the movie "plays like a dream."


All-Star 'Spotlight' Cast Creates A Riveting Movie About Investigative Journalism

Friday, November 06, 2015

A new film chronicles the real-life team of reporters who exposed a network of pedophile priests and Church enablers in Boston. Critic David Edelstein calls Spotlight a brilliant work.


Black Comedy 'Crisis' Is Marred By A Hollywood Ending

Friday, October 30, 2015

Sandra Bullock is a high-strung political consultant on the loose in Bolivia in Our Brand is Crisis. Critic David Edelstein says that despite clunky touches, the film offers "good screwball turns."


'Experimenter' Revisits A Decades-Old Trial Of Free Will And Compassion

Friday, October 23, 2015

A new film revisits a controversial 1961 social science experiment in which volunteer subjects were asked to administer electrical shocks to other human beings. David Edelstein reviews Experimenter.


'Room' Transforms A Lurid Crime Story Into A Fairy Tale With A Boy Hero

Friday, October 16, 2015

In Lenny Abrahamson's new film, a 5-year-old boy lives with his mother in a prison fashioned by a psychopath. Critic David Edelstein calls Room an amazing and "heart-stopping" survival story.


'The Martian' Is A Gripping, Out-Of-This World Space Saga

Friday, October 02, 2015

Ridley Scott's new film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars. Critic David Edelstein says The Martian features special effects that make you feel like you are seeing the real red planet.


'99 Homes': A Morality Play Built On Foreclosures And Evictions

Friday, September 25, 2015

In Ramin Bahrani's new film, a man forces others out of their homes in an effort to save his own. Critic David Edelstein says 99 Homes shines a spotlight on a "poisonous financial ecosystem."


'Sicario' Offers A Stupendous, Morally Chaotic Dive Into The Drug Wars

Friday, September 18, 2015

A military task force takes on a notorious drug lord in Denis Villeneuve's new film. Critic David Edelstein says, Sicario works "like gangbusters ... except you're haunted by what thrilled you."


'Sleeping With Other People': A Romantic Comedy That Breaks With Convention

Friday, September 11, 2015

In Leslye Headland's new sex comedy, two serial cheaters meet up years after a one-night stand. Critic David Edelstein says the film mixes emotional weirdness with sexual frankness — in a good way.


Climbing Documentary 'Meru' Is A Hair-Raising 'Peak Experience'

Friday, August 21, 2015

A new documentary charts the attempts of a trio of American climbers to be the first to scale Mount Meru, a 21,000-foot Himalayan peak. Critic David Edelstein says Meru is "cunning" — and terrifying.


On Screen, 'Diary Of A Teenage Girl' Packs The Punch Of A Good Graphic Novel

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The new film directed by Marielle Heller is a sexual coming-of-age story about a 15- year-old girl who loses her virginity to her mother's boyfriend. Critic David Edelstein has a review.


Family Dysfunction Is Set To A Melancholic Beat In 'Ricki And The Flash'

Friday, August 07, 2015

In Ricki and the Flash, Meryl Streep plays a singer who left her husband and kids decades ago to pursue her rock 'n roll dream. Reviewer David Edelstein says Streep "tears up the screen" in the film.


'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."


A Holocaust Survivor Searches For Her Past In Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix'

Friday, July 24, 2015

A concentration camp survivor seeks a reunion with the husband who may have betrayed her in a new film set in post-war Berlin. Critic David Edelstein calls Phoenix a "morbidly romantic drama."


In 'Trainwreck', A Screwball Comedy Fades To Family-Values Formulaic

Friday, July 17, 2015

Amy Schumer plays a writer who dodges lovers' pleas for commitment in Trainwreck, directed by Judd Apatow. Critic David Edelstein says the film loses its "delightful momentum" when it gets serious.


'Tangerine', A Teeny-Budget Comedy That Packs An Emotional Wallop

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Sean Baker's bleak, boisterous farce follows two transgender sex workers on Christmas Eve in Los Angeles. David Edelstein says Tangerine is "brilliantly shaped, edited, scored and performed."


Not All Sequels Are Equal: Following Up To 'Terminator', 'Magic Mike'

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Film critic David Edelstein calls Terminator Genesys "strenuously witless" and "lousy." But, he adds, the loose and fun Magic Mike XXL is "anything but a typical machine-tooled sequel."


Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

Friday, June 19, 2015

Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.