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David Edelstein (born 1959) is the chief film critic for New York Magazine, as well as the film critic for NPR's Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Edelstein became a journalist after graduating from Harvard in 1981. He is often associated with friend, fellow film critic, and iconoclast Pauline Kael, to whom he was close. He is also credited with coining the term "torture porn," a genre to describe such movies as Hostel and Saw.[1]

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 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).


  1. ^ Hundt, Brad (October 26, 2007). "Shocking stuff". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved on August 14, 2009.

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