For 362 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Gloria
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 362
362 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 70 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 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.
    • 94 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.
    • 94 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Stylish, compelling crime caper full of smoothly navigated plot twists.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Eminently stylish, visually striking romantic thriller.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Compelling 24-hour odyssey into the life of a world-weary Gotham publicist, driven by a vivid performance from Al Pacino.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Its powerfully visual storytelling delivers great rewards as the meditative drama moves into increasingly complex, at times confrontational territory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This one comes up short in terms of visual flair. But it delivers amusingly observed characters, consistent laughs underscored by the poignancy of unfulfilled existences and winning performances from a terrific cast captained by Jennifer Aniston.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A darkly textured, powerfully suspenseful genre piece.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Director Matteo Garrone's measured approach and soulfully humane focus combine to dignify the characters, allowing the tale of solitude, longing and sorrow to inch quietly under the viewer's skin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The comedy-drama hinges on the captivating dynamic between the two men, combining gentle humor and charm with a melancholy undercurrent of yearning.