David Edelstein

Chief Film Critic for New York Magazine and Fresh Air

David Edelstein appears in the following:

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" โ€” 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.


A 'Wolfpack' Of Brothers Who Met The World Through Movies

Friday, June 12, 2015

This stunning film follows the Angulo brothers, whose father kept them locked inside a New York apartment. But their father loved movies, and the pulpy, violent films he showed them were a lifeline.

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In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Melissa McCarthy plays a James-Bond-style undercover secret agent in the espionage comedy Spy. Critic David Edelstein says the movie lurches between slapstick, violence and crude humor.


The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Friday, May 22, 2015

Brad Bird's new sci-fi adventure film features George Clooney, Britt Robertson and an endless sense of possibilities. David Edelstein says the film makes a "near-hysterical case" against pessimism.


Souped-Up Vehicles And Road Warriors Reign In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Friday, May 15, 2015

It has been 36 years since the first Mad Max film crash landed into theaters. David Edelsein says the forth installment of the series is "basically one long chase with ever more insane variables."


Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Friday, May 08, 2015

The zombie movie Maggie examines an array of cultural anxieties such as plague, environmental catastrophe and big government. Critic David Edelstein says the film is more art flick than blockbuster.


Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reviewer David Edelstein says Joss Whedon's new film plays like "a strategic set-up for a Hollywood franchise." Viewers will be blitzed by sound and fury โ€” and a certain amount of "gobbledegook."


Deception And Suspense By The Sea In The Iranian Mystery 'About Elly'

Friday, April 24, 2015

Recently released in the U.S., Asghar Farhadi's 2009 film follows a teacher invited on a beach trip by the mother of one of her students. David Edelstein calls the film "Hitchockian" in its suspense.


In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Friday, April 17, 2015

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.


In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Friday, April 10, 2015

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.


In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

Friday, March 27, 2015

Noah Baumbach's new comedy is about a couple in their 40s who befriend 20-something hipsters and go wild. It gets off to a fun start, but two-thirds of the way through takes a surprising turn.


Horror Film Fans Beware: 'It Follows' Isn't The Fun Kind Of Scare

Friday, March 13, 2015

The film is about a teenage girl who sleeps with a boy and is suddenly under a curse. Critic David Edelstein says he didn't enjoy feeling "sick with dread," but the ending is unexpectedly moving.