For 487 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 40 out of 487
487 movie reviews
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    The movie is a small marvel of impeccable craftsmanship.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    This is a wonderfully odd consideration of those questions about love, pain, solitude and human connection we all ask; its emotional power creeps out from under the subtle humor and leaves a subcutaneous imprint that lingers long after the movie is over.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Where many filmmakers would have underlined the bleaker, harsher aspects, Girlhood presents the characters' grim reality without surrendering its lightness of touch, its compassion or its hope.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Alternately haunting, inspiring and dreamily meditative, this is a visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Visually, intellectually and emotionally, McDonagh’s film is one to savor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama's stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humor and even joy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Mike Leigh is at the peak of his powers with Vera Drake, a compassionate, morally complex drama that stands easily alongside his best work, "Secrets & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy."
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    A riveting first feature of startling maturity and intelligence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    This is a beautifully crafted work and an acute evocation of its period both in look and attitude, and it’s no less deeply absorbing for being somewhat muted in tone.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Crisply shot and edited, with effective use of Ashutosh Phatak’s graceful music, this is a powerful documentary that demands to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Blending fiction with documentary and exquisite film craft with playful improvisational freedom, Andrei Konchalovsky delivers what might be the most captivating screen work of his post-Hollywood career with The Postman's White Nights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    The mesmerizing performance of Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the celebrated writer dominates every scene, while director Bennett Miller and screenwriter Dan Futterman's penetrating study enthralls in every aspect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Gloria is a work of maturity, depth and emotional insight. There’s not a single false note here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Deliberately detached in its observational style, yet as probing, subtle and affecting as any psychological drama could wish to be, this is an elliptical film that trusts its audience enough to peel away exposition and unnecessary dialogue, uncovering rich layers of ambiguity.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Midnight Special confirms Nichols' uncommon knack for breathing dramatic integrity and emotional depth into genre material.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Far from abandoning his trademark humor, however, the writer-director skillfully enlists it in the service of an emotional story, charting the heroine's journey from loss and torment to rediscovered strength and hope. Propelled by stellar performances and a script that resonates with intelligence, subtlety and surprises, this is by far Almodovar's best film in years.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    The performances are impeccable. Sachs is a master of expressive understatement, and that applies both to the young actors playing the boys — there's not a false moment from either of them — and to the adults.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    James D. Cooper’s rollicking film is a heady return to Swinging Sixties England at the height of the Mod explosion that’s packed with primo archival material and killer tunes. It’s also a vigorous testament to the rewards of creative collaboration, shining a spotlight on two highly unorthodox, self-invented rock entrepreneurs.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Propelled by Mads Mikkelsen’s shattering performance as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed, the film is superbly acted by a cast that never strikes a false note or softens the impact with consolatory sentiment.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A delightful experience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    An extraordinary and quietly disturbing film.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    This fascinating portrait of an eccentric visionary and his chaotic triple family life is an accomplished, enormously satisfying non-fiction work.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Focusing on the notoriously aggressive orca Tilikum, this gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species – and by extension any wild animal – in captivity for the purposes of human entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    There's a beautiful, multi-tiered exchange among artists happening in Junun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Essentially, this is a film about existential emptiness, and yet it’s beautiful and alive, as filled with humor as it is with melancholy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The film's smart craftsmanship is ultimately less noteworthy than its humanizing, prejudice-challenging immersion into the lives of people who inhabit L.A.'s low-end drug and sex industry.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The story in itself is first-rate. However, it’s the very measured handling that makes it distinctive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Dowd's graciousness and enthusiasm, and the enormous respect afforded him by industryites on record here, make this a thorough and satisfying acknowledgement of one man's unique contribution to popular music.

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