For 243 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 243
243 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A massive undertaking and an accomplished piece of filmmaking in a solid tradition of intelligent, meticulous literary adaptations.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Strikes a delicate balance of comedy and pathos with an uplifting final act that delivers a resoundingly satisfying emotional payoff.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Joyously re-creates the brief but resplendent reign of the legendary freakadelic drag troupe.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Craftily combining elements that speak directly to three different generations, this accomplished ensemble piece is shaping up to be the surprise homegrown hit of the season.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Theater veteran Recoing is utterly compelling. Both the script and the resourceful, subtle actor provide enormous insight into the troubled character.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Rendered deeply moving by the director's peerless capacity to combine humor and compassion with honesty and despair.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A highly accomplished, compact feature, which, while it may be light on depth, is rich in humor, rhythm, energy and inventiveness.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Exhaustively informative and powerfully emotional.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A delightful experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    This slow but brilliantly sustained journey into madness is fronted by a remarkable performance from Ralph Fiennes and superb backup from Miranda Richardson in a triple role.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A Thanksgiving family reunion comedy that sparkles with acerbic wit, original characters and genuine heart.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A thoughtful, melancholy story of love, loss, pain, betrayal and the lingering after-effects of tragedy, The Door in the Floor is an intelligent, impeccably acted, unsentimental drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Endowed with captivating simplicity, gentle humor, rich humanity and infectious generosity of spirit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show about a Motown trio's climb to crossover stardom pulls off the fundamental double-act those three musical pics all missed: It stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Light, thoroughly entertaining comedy;
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A thoughtful, restrained, refreshingly nonjudgmental melodrama that reflects on interesting questions regarding sexuality, identity and self-acceptance.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The well-structured film goes beyond issues of sexuality, giving nuanced consideration to broader questions of love and loss, family and friendship, trust, lies and deception.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Consummately crafted and stunningly shot in magnificent locations deep in Brazil's remote northeastern badlands, the film unapologetically courts the commercial curve of the international arthouse arena with its rustic exotica and sensory overload of poetic imagery, giving it something of a grandiose air.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Mullan's increased maturity as a director is evident in his skill at manipulating light and dark dramatic tones, and shifting between moods of anger and plaintive melancholy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    First-time feature director Rob Marshall and Oscar-winning "Gods and Monsters" screenwriter Bill Condon have spun the dark tale of two murdering floozies into a widely palatable entertainment, but the long-gestating film comes up short in rhythm and personality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film is powered by a superbly controlled performance from Javier Bardem. While it lacks economy and could have used a firmer hand in shaping the key central relationship, this intelligent, arrestingly sober drama packs a cumulative punch.