For 631 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Calvary
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 44 out of 631
631 movie reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    McQueen is a haunting story of extravagant talent and inescapable private sorrow, made with exquisite craftsmanship worthy of its subject. While a narrative biopic has been in development for years, this excellent documentary delivers an eye-popping, emotionally wrenching experience that paints a fully dimensional portrait of a complex artist.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Despite Barrett's careful attention to creating an unsettling mood of existential horror by loading the soundtrack with ambient dread, and his depiction of New York as a breeding ground for overstimulated instability, Brain on Fire just sits there, inert and uninvolving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    This is a self-satisfied exercise that's only occasionally as much fun as it thinks it is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Observed with warmth and sensitivity, this is a rewarding coming-of-age drama that features terrific performances from two young newcomers in the central roles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Its simplistic observation of romantic love in its purest form colliding with political, religious, familial and societal intolerance seems designed to speak clearly to teenage audiences experiencing similar struggles between identity and oppression. Those well-meaning intentions only take the film so far, however, and mature audiences will be left wishing for greater narrative complexity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Sauvage has its longueurs, at times seeming stuck in a circuitous groove with too little forward momentum. However, the movie is never banal. It's a fully inhabited world that pulls us in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film becomes somewhat overplotted and a tad too clever for its own good as the frantic, farcical complications continue to pile up. But the cast across the board is engaging, mirroring the loose, limber touch of director Salvadori as he establishes order out of chaos and smoothes all the rough edges into a harmonious ending for everyone.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Large-scale filmmaking of this kind to some degree is probably always an adventurer's folly, with an unhinged visionary tilting at windmills in a valiant quest to tame fantasy and reality into companionable travelers that will live forever. But rarely have such brave deeds yielded so meager a reward.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    It's a riveting narrative, and even those not among Houston's more passionate fan base will find it an emotionally wrenching experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite a compelling lead in Andrew Garfield, the tension dissipates rather than mounts as this knotty neo-noir slides into a Lynchian swamp of outre weirdness.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Clearly, all this is designed to provoke adverse reactions. But what if instead of outrage and indignation, the response was a numb shrug? Don't get me wrong — The House That Jack Built is definitely something to see. But what's most surprising is that it's just as often inane as unsettling.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The performances of the two leads are riveting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Arctic is elegantly shot, crisp and unfussy, and seamless in its near-invisible use of digital effects, creating a persuasive you-are-there feeling that's rare in these days of flashy CG thrills. And it's the very old-fashioned movie magic of an expressive face that keeps you watching even as the storytelling ambles.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The spareness of both the physical and emotional landscapes yields something quite delicate in a film with the grace and economy of a satisfying short story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The resulting film feels highly personal, tender yet unsentimental.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    At first, there's a certain cheesy charm to the Eurotrash '70s aesthetic, with a cast of minimally skilled actors spouting lines like, "Young lady, have you seen anything queer in the area?" But any resemblance to a coherent thesis is purely coincidental.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Ultimately, even if some secondary characters and plotlines are underserved, the strength of the story and the emotional range of the experiences depicted prevail.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The movie's pounding heart is the remarkable Ejiofor. Imbuing his role with authority, charisma, mighty strength and wrenching human frailty, he's enough to make believers of all of us.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    In terms of its visual command, the movie could hardly be more expressive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Spry and playful at times, pedantic and ponderously repetitive at others, the film is French down to its sweaty tennis socks and ultimately a touch too self-satisfied in its clever unconventionality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This is a rape retaliation thriller both tautly controlled and wildly over-the-top, executed with flashy style, sly visual humor and a subversive feminist sensibility.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The filmmakers assemble a dense portrait of a man disheartened by his failure to move the needle on economic justice, even as he succeeded in tracing ties among the common problems facing blacks, Latinos, Native Americans and even low-income whites.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While it's well-intentioned to a fault, and driven by deep convictions, the film also is diffuse, lethargically paced and short on thematic trenchancy, building powerful individual moments but seldom sustaining a compelling narrative thread.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While this twisty tale of an "evil miracle" connected to a self-exiled former priest ultimately withholds too much to resolve all of its enigmas, the atmospheric mood and persuasive performances keep you watching.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Tan's screenplay — from a story he developed with his mononymous producer, cinematographer and co-editor, HutcH — doesn't entirely avoid cliche. But the integrity of the performances, the believability of the relationships and the authenticity of the milieu keep it from spilling over into mawkishness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While it's uneven, and at times seems almost artless in its craft, the story has an idiosyncratic charm that pays off in an unexpectedly touching ending.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    It should be a pulse-racing account of knife-edge real-life conflict and valiant heroics, full of needling political questions. Instead it's merely another slack thriller with underdeveloped characters and sputtering dramatic momentum.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    For all its honorable intentions to address sensitive issues that still sting, Kings is an unconvincing tonal patchwork.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Unsane is a dispiritingly pedestrian woman-in-peril shocker to have come from such a maverick filmmaker.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Charlotte Rampling gives an emotionally rigorous display of bruising internalization, without an ounce of vanity, in the title role of Hannah. But although the lead performance commands admiration, the overall impact of this unrelentingly dour account of a woman struggling to carry on with her life after her husband's imprisonment is dulled by its distancing approach.

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