For 581 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Blue Caprice
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 581
581 movie reviews
    • 27 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Cluttered, unfocused script attempts too much.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    A repetitious, borderline-silly vanity project.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    A staggeringly flat sequel that trades filmdom for the music bizbiz and could hardly be less cool.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Already gasping for breath in its opening scenes, picture takes two bleak, unyielding hours to finally expire.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Superficially provocative but ultimately pointless, this is one punishing vacation.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    This stiflingly restrained French dirge about morality, guilt and atonement is chilly and constipated, mistaking ponderousness for intensity.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Beneath gets capsized as much by its knuckleheaded script as by its somewhat risible giant flesh-eating fish.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 30 David Rooney
    It falls short on character definition, emotional involvement, narrative drive and originality.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    While director Martin keeps the film moving, its implausibilities turn from holes into canyons.
    • 62 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    There's neither topicality nor bite in this bland pseudo-thriller, which lathers on composer H. Scott Salinas' high-suspense score like shower gel after sweaty sex, yet rarely musters an ounce of genuine tension.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    If you’re going to make an ultra-naturalistic, two-character, walking-and-talking romance that tips its hat to Before Sunrise, the film that began Richard Linklater’s exquisite trilogy, then it’s best to avoid a script loaded with contrived situations and overwritten dialogue.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    There's little sense of personal investment from the director, but Egoyan does what he can to keep the story moving forward, without getting bogged down in its implausibilities, which are too many to count.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    A gay auto mechanic comes out to his straight buddies in Fourth Man Out, but the shortage of dramatic texture, psychological insight or credible sexual tension in this toothless brom-com means he might as well be telling them he has a cold.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    This posturing, airless exercise is wearing rather than exciting.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    The film is well-intentioned but dramatically unconvincing, full of clichéd situations and on-the-nose dialogue about kids getting their shot and living their dream.

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