David Edelstein

Film Critic, Fresh Air

David Edelstein is a film critic for New York magazine and for NPR's Fresh Air, and an occasional commentator on film for CBS Sunday Morning. He has also written film criticism for the Village Voice, The New York Post, and Rolling Stone, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times' Arts & Leisure section.

A member of the National Society of Film Critics, he is the author of the play Blaming Mom, and the co-author of Shooting to Kill (with producer Christine Vachon).

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'Dunkirk' Is A Harrowing War Movie, Muddled By A Convoluted Timeline

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'Lady Macbeth' Is An Icy British Psychodrama About Power And Abuse

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Breezy 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Offers A Trip Back To A Simpler Time

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'Baby Driver' Is An Action-Packed, Elegant Joyride

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Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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