David Edelstein (born 1959) is the chief film critic for New York, as well as the film critic for NPR's Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.
Edelstein became a journalist after graduating from Harvard in 1981. He is often associated with close friend, fellow film critic, and iconoclast Pauline Kael. He is also credited with coining the term "torture porn," a genre to describe such movies as Hostel and Saw.
He has previously been a film critic for Slate (1996–2005), the New York Post, the Village Voice, and the Boston Phoenix. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Arts & Leisure section, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Variety, Esquire, and elsewhere. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics.
He is the author, with independent film producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films, of Shooting to Kill (Avon Books, 1998). He is also the author of two plays, Feed the Monkey (Loeb Experimental Theater, Harvard College, 1993) and Blaming Mom (Watermark Theater, New York City, 1994).
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- "David Edelstein - New York Film Critics Circle - NYFCC". www.nyfcc.com. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- "Members". National Society of Film Critics. 2015-08-29. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- "Shooting to Kill". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- Brantley, Ben (1994-10-22). "In Performance; Theater". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
- Edelstein's Top 10 films of 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010,2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998.
- David Edelstein on IMDb
- Archive of pieces by David Edelstein at New York Magazine
- Edelstein bio at NPR
- Video (and audio) of interview/discussion with Edelstein and Alex Gibney at Bloggingheads.tv