David Edelstein

David Edelstein (born 1959) [1] is the chief film critic for New York, as well as the film critic for NPR's Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning.[2] 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[3]. He is also credited with coining the term "torture porn," a genre to describe such movies as Hostel and Saw.[4]

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[5][6].

He is the author, with independent film producer Christine Vachon of Killer Films, of Shooting to Kill (Avon Books, 1998)[7]. 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)[8].


  1. ^ "Reel time with David Edelstein". Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "David Edelstein: Film Critic, Fresh Air". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ Pauline., Kael, (2002). Afterglow : a last conversation with Pauline Kael. Davis, Francis, 1946- (1st Da Capo Press ed ed.). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780306811920. OCLC 50557407. 
  4. ^ Hundt, Brad (26 October 2007). "Shocking stuff". Observer-Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "David Edelstein - New York Film Critics Circle - NYFCC". www.nyfcc.com. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Members". National Society of Film Critics. 2015-08-29. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ "Shooting to Kill". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Brantley, Ben (1994-10-22). "In Performance; Theater". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved . 

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