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David Edelstein

David Edelstein
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
66% Unleashed (2005) A clever, expertly done variation on the old (but always potent), monster/mad-scientist fairy tale.‐ Slate
Posted May 13, 2005
26% House of Wax (2005) It's nowhere near as punishing as Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses, but it's increasingly tense and resourceful and, in the end, it gets the sick job done.‐ Slate
Posted May 6, 2005
60% The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) An extremely pleasant, consistently amusing diversion that is never as uproarious as you might hope.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2005
64% Robots (2005) The visuals have so much intrinsic motion that it's too bad Robots is oppressively rollercoasterish.‐ Slate
Posted Mar 11, 2005
97% Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005) The documentary cannot be called muckraking, as the muck has already been well-raked, but Gibney's recounting has a touch of playful sadism that I quite enjoyed.‐ Slate
Posted Apr 22, 2005
77% Sin City (2005) I loved it, I loved it, I loved it. I loved every gorgeous sick disgusting ravishing overbaked blood-spurting artificial frame of it.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2005
80% Cinderella Man (2005) It's schmaltzy -- but it's schmaltz veined with foie gras.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2005
84% Batman Begins (2005) Bruce Wayne's invention of Batman is the story of Batman Begins, and it's an epic one, with a suitably epic cast of A-list actors.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2005
74% Land of the Dead (2005) Romero still has a gift for expressive carnage and for turning zombies into something more than mindless, festering, plague-spreading viscera-chewers.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2005
75% War of the Worlds (2005) It's the human struggle that makes this a sci-fi masterpiece.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2005
83% Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) This movie is a riot of fiendish invention.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2005
75% Wedding Crashers (2005) The script by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher is one of those high-speed, ping-pong-banter marvels in which you're still laughing from the last great line when you're hit by the next.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2005
47% Dark Water (2005) This is an eerie, relentlessly grim, invasive little movie -- a tone poem of despair that seeps into you like the damp.‐ Slate
Posted Jul 8, 2005
14% The Dukes of Hazzard (2005) A decent-enough rambunctious Southern-drive-in sort of time-waster.‐ Slate
Posted Aug 4, 2005
94% March of the Penguins (2005) The movie easily transcends the 'Isn't-that-amazing?' animal genre.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2005
86% Junebug (2005) It's hugely entertaining, it's spectacularly acted, and it pricks you in all kinds of places.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2005
87% Broken Flowers (2005) Broken Flowers is Jarmusch's most conventionally entertaining film, but it's still visually rigorous, swimming in pregnant silences, and un-filled-in in a way that's tantalizing.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2005
92% Grizzly Man (2005) Amazing documentary.‐ Slate
Posted Aug 12, 2005
69% Reel Paradise (2005) Overlong at nearly two hours but still a sharp and amusing and subtle piece of filmmaking.‐ Slate
Posted Aug 29, 2005
79% Red Eye (2005) A minimalist exercise in maximalist suspense.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2005
79% The Aristocrats (2005) There is a special kind of pleasure in hearing jokes that have no redeeming social value. I'd like to think that this is their social value -- an invitation to free the mind.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2005
84% De zaak Alzheimer (The Memory of a Killer) (2005) A gratifyingly slick and fast-moving Flemish thriller, directed by Erik Van Looy, with superb acting.‐ Slate
Posted Aug 29, 2005
83% The Constant Gardener (2005) It might inspire you to haul out those garden spades and get digging.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2005
84% Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (2005) The movie is so Burtonesque that it verges on self-parody -- but it's fun and stunningly beautiful anyway.‐ Slate
Posted Sep 16, 2005
37% Flightplan (2005) A more than decent thriller.‐ Slate
Posted Sep 23, 2005
59% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) An honest tear-jerker.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2005
82% Serenity (2005) I mean Serenity no disrespect when I say it's enjoyably junky.‐ Slate
Posted Sep 30, 2005
90% Capote (2005) Hoffman goes beyond the surface mannerisms and diction. He disappears into Capote.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2005
93% Duma (2005) I like it. Maybe not as much as those other pictures, but enough to bemoan a system in which family films have been so geared to kids (and their parents) with a kind of attention deficit disorder that it's inhospitable to a measured piece of storytelling.‐ Slate
Posted Sep 29, 2005
92% The Squid and the Whale (2005) You can look at The Squid and the Whale as the truest kind of artistic coming-of-age story: a cathartic piece of self-criticism.‐ Slate
Posted Oct 5, 2005
95% Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit is a bloody delight on every level.‐ Slate
Posted Oct 7, 2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck (2005) A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking -- a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2005
87% A History of Violence (2005) An absolutely sensational piece of filmmaking.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2005
69% North Country (2005) North Country is powerful and then some.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Oct 20, 2005
86% Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Downey spins joyfully back and forth between farce and realism. Is there any leading man more fun to watch?‐ Slate
Posted Oct 28, 2005
26% The Legend of Zorro (2005) Zorro is misnamed, since it's less about the legend than what happens when the legend goes home and gets yelled at by his wife.‐ Slate
Posted Oct 28, 2005
59% The Weather Man (2005) The Weather Man is a fine movie, beautifully acted, but it isn't easy to love -- or to watch.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2005
86% Pride and Prejudice (2005) A joy to behold.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2005
65% Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005) Silverman's onstage persona might be limited, but it's endlessly resonant.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2005
57% Breakfast on Pluto (2005) You'll be singing along to the soundtrack of Neil Jordan's enchanting Breakfast on Pluto, which boasts the most felicitous use of wall-to-wall pop songs I've ever heard.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2005
88% Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) It's always a treat to see what big-studio-franchise cash can produce in the way of top-flight British (and Irish) actors.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2005
83% Walk the Line (2005) In spite of its standard biopic gaps and simplifications, Walk the Line gets the big things right.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2005
73% Syriana (2005) In some ways, we're the protagonist, and when the strands coalesce in the last hour and we glimpse the bigger picture, Syriana finally eats into the mind.‐ NPR's Fresh Air
Read More | Posted Nov 23, 2005
99% Finding Nemo (2003) It turns out that Pixar does fish like nobody does fish.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 31, 2003
97% Spellbound (2002) Spellbound is a gorgeous weave.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 30, 2003
95% The Straight Story (1999) Lynch has slowed the world down and gotten back in touch with it.‐ Slate
Posted Jan 15, 2002
71% Napoleon Dynamite (2004) Too low-wattage to be a true nerd anthem, but it's charming in retrospect, when you're freed from the narcoleptic pace to think back on the queerly beautiful tableaux and well-timed gags.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2004
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) The scale of the enterprise is thrilling; it's too bad the movie is so muddled on so many different levels.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 17, 2002
97% The Incredibles (2004) Made with so much wit, such cinematic savvy, and such a brilliant instinct for the way real bodies move through space, that it has more ontological authenticity than a lot of films featuring people who actually exist.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2004
84% Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) There are so many funny yet wrenching moments that the film's refusal to stop and probe can be a gift.‐ Slate
Read More | Posted May 27, 2005