For 406 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.5 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: 31 out of 406
406 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The story in itself is first-rate. However, it’s the very measured handling that makes it distinctive.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The visceral fireworks of the characters’ arguments and the disintegration of trust among them are observed with unsettling intimacy in the script and in the emotional honesty of the performances...This is terrific stuff.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The film is that rare modern horror movie that doesn’t simply fabricate its scares with the standard bag of postproduction tricks. Instead it builds them via a bracing command of traditional suspense tools... This is polished film craft.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    What distinguishes Borten and Wallack’s screenplay is its refusal to sentimentalize by providing humbling epiphanies to set Ron on the right path and endow him with empathy.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Funny and frank in its observations, the film is a delightful snapshot of female friendship at that age, from the giddy highs to the melancholy funks, from the sustaining bonds to the jealousies and stinging betrayals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    No less impressive than the narrative mastery here, however, is the technical execution of this bold minimalist experiment.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The level of socially accepted discrimination exposed here provokes both heartbreak and anger.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Which Way is the Front Line is more than a chronicle of a life and a brilliant ten-year career cut short at age 40. It’s also a strangely beautiful insight into one man’s distinctive way of looking at and experiencing war.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Kent and editor Simon Njoo show maturity and trust in their material, expertly building tension through the insidious modulation from naturalistic dysfunctional family drama to all-out boogeyman terror.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The film is non-fiction storytelling of remarkable nuance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    While it's more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    It's enriched by signature qualities – the humanistic, nonjudgmental gaze, the absence of sentimentality, the ultra-naturalistic style – that have always distinguished the Belgian brothers' fine body of work.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The story's acceleration from anxiety to panic to hellish chaos is expertly managed, but more impressively, so is the control of internal narrative logic.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Keep On Keepin' On is both tender and joyous, a moving account of the mutual nourishment of artistic mentorship and the rewards of accentuating the positive in whatever life throws at you.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    An extraordinary and quietly disturbing film.
    • 76 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Mond's skill at working with actors is equal to his fully developed visual style and assured modulation of atmosphere and tone. This may be a small movie, but it's an impressively rigorous one without an ounce of flab.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.

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