For 424 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 33 out of 424
424 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    A repetitious, borderline-silly vanity project.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Audience patience undergoes a far more brutal butchering than anything onscreen in Delphine Gleize's wildly over-reaching feature debut, Carnage.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    It falls short on character definition, emotional involvement, narrative drive and originality.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    While director Martin keeps the film moving, its implausibilities turn from holes into canyons.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Overlong and unwieldy grab-bag of vintage monster-movie elements starts intriguingly as a snowbound deep-woods chiller, but gradually dissolves into a mess of other-worldly invasion and military counter-offensive.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Though it's decidedly for perverse palates, some kind of cult audience seems assured for this one-note onslaught, which exercises a bizarre fascination despite its excesses.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Beneath gets capsized as much by its knuckleheaded script as by its somewhat risible giant flesh-eating fish.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    For all its manic energy, there aren't enough recreational drugs in the world to make Yakuza Apocalypse anything but a bloody silly bore.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    A Lifetime movie on crack, The Quiet dredges up every lurid cliche from the well of teen hormonal havoc in a tale of dysfunctional family meltdown that seems unsure whether to push for suburban-Gothic psychosexual excess or tongue-in-cheek malevolence.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    This stiflingly restrained French dirge about morality, guilt and atonement is chilly and constipated, mistaking ponderousness for intensity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    The jittery storytelling and indifference toward illuminating character or plot detail would already be tiresome even without the gratingly actor-y performances, the director herself being the main offender.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    This tonal mess rarely puts a foot right as comedy and makes only marginal improvements when it turns poignant toward the end.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Everything is spelled out literally and at a stultifying pace, in a story that might have worked onscreen as either heightened melodrama or farcical comedy. Instead Fontaine, who is not exactly blessed with a light touch, opts for misplaced sincerity.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    The bad news, however, is that after an intriguing opening stretch, and despite Jeremy Irons' potent lead performance, the overlong film becomes repetitive, flat and often dull.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    The execution is so amateurish and the script so witless the filmmakers appear to be having a far better time than the audience.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    The film rings false at almost every turn despite its naturalistic performances. Lacking emotional substance, it comes off as far too studied in its subdued intensity.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    What's most remarkable about this big, dumb exploitation movie is how carefully anything approaching psychological texture appears to have been peeled away.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Already gasping for breath in its opening scenes, picture takes two bleak, unyielding hours to finally expire.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Thematically diffuse, tonally inconsistent and blighted by an inauthentic feel for its story’s time and place, it sits awkwardly between sober human drama and lighter dysfunctional-family turf, constantly striving for unearned emotions.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    An entirely schematic treatise on maternity and conflicting cultures. A subject perhaps far more suited to documentary treatment, this numbingly earnest effort will be a laborious delivery for IFC.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    A staggeringly flat sequel that trades filmdom for the music bizbiz and could hardly be less cool.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Superficially provocative but ultimately pointless, this is one punishing vacation.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Cluttered, unfocused script attempts too much.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Both the director and writer show such patchy story sense that a lot of the buildup to the final bloodshed and malevolence registers as suspense-free clutter.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    There’s scant emotional, aesthetic or intellectual gratification in this grainy, flat-looking portrait of the artist as a young nut job.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    Putting aside the grating performances, the clumsy direction, the visual ugliness and the haphazard development of story, character and relationships, the movie is hobbled by its intrinsic unsuitability for contemporary retelling.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    The clear ambition here is to recapture the raw, explosively violent atmosphere of such hallmark 1970s shockers as "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "The Hills Have Eyes." Nice try, but no cigar.
    • Variety
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    This artless, unpolished venture adds a heavy sex-and-skin factor to a poorly defined game show, lurching awkwardly between exploitative voyeurism, maudlin confessions and self-consciously risque titillation.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    May not quite gain entry to the hallowed pantheon of interstellar cheese of a "Battlefield Earth," but it's not far behind.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    The plotting here is so hopelessly tangled, clichéd, and bereft of psychological complexity that it's difficult to care what happens to any of these people.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 David Rooney
    Dripping with floridly phony dialogue that no actor should be forced to speak, this paternity mystery uses the Bosnian conflict as the manipulative backdrop to a preposterously overwrought and overlong melodrama.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 10 David Rooney
    Utterly lacking in imagination or suspense, this inane effort is strictly for hardcore Argento cultists.
    • 18 Metascore
    • 10 David Rooney
    Washout. Lacking the mojo even to be offensive in its stereotypical view of gays and women, this excruciating cocktail of sitcom plotting and gross-out humor makes a clunky cheesefest like "The Love Boat" look like breezy, sophisticated fun.

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