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 4.2 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
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Consistently fascinating material provides an uncommonly eloquent, provocative statement against globalization that's sure to stimulate thinking audiences.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Story of a still-grieving widower and his two troubled teenage sons is distinguished by its emotional integrity, sustained mood of aching melancholy and superbly understated performances.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists, Bomb the System signals the arrival of a talented filmmaker in NYU film graduate Adam Bhala Lough.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The tireless volley of ideas and inventions make this a delight that should connect with kids and adults in both dubbed and original-language versions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Somewhat haphazardly organized yet fascinatingly detailed and enriched by the candor and dignity of its shockingly deprived interview subjects.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    But despite less-than-ideal casting of the male roles, and a tendency to soften the Pulitzer Prize-winning work's thorny humor with a more sober tone, director John Madden has woven together an elegant, intelligent drama of a breed increasingly rare in mainstream American movies.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An emotionally potent story told with great dignity.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A model of poise and restraint, the film flows in a way that is deliberately undramatic, but made no less involving by the dreamy gentleness of its approach.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Numerous filmmakers have attempted to dramatize the terrorist activity that gripped Italy in the 1970s, but few have done so with the unsettling power of Marco Bellocchio's Good Morning, Night.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Pic's distinguished by a flawless cast, a gentle spirit of rebellion and a smart script by first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt that knows never to push its character quirks too hard.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Provides deeply humanistic insight into the complexities of the Middle East conflict that political analysis or front-line news coverage often lacks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A tortured reflection on the complex relationship between love, sex, desire and obsession, distinguished by courageously raw performances from leads Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Tough, cogent and resonantly chilling, this slow-burning drama continues the vein of harsh realism seen in recent Gallic cinema including "La Vie de Jesus" and "More Than Yesterday."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Full of surreal occurrences and bizarre, sometimes overly precious humor that may make it too rarefied an exercise for wide acceptance.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Ochsenknecht and Wohler are a strong double act, displaying exemplary comic timing and making the brothers a problem-plagued but likable pair.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Soberly and intelligently examines the fear, frustration, anxiety, animosity and boredom of waiting to advance into the terrifying other world that lies over the lip of the trenches.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film's chief shortcoming is perhaps its failure to convey a stronger, more atmospheric sense of the repressive 1970s Catholic school environment that breeds the titular boys' rebellion and wild flights of fancy.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Enter Charles Grodin, who upstages all involved via his savagely comical portrayal of a CIA agent.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Delightful coming-of-age comedy-drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Refreshingly devoid of flashiness or artificially pumped-up action, this consistently gripping, well-constructed police thriller… showcases a tightly controlled performance from Kurt Russell.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The two appealingly played central characters and the film's enjoyable evocation of the 1970s and '80s keep it buoyant and diverting.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Crialese's first feature in his native Italy is a small but distinctive drama that displays a firm command of his cast, an arresting visual sense and an admirable avoidance of facile sentiment or cliche.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The impressive filmmaking craftsmanship and sharp storytelling skills make this two-hour-plus epic fly by.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The frequently confusing story does eventually pull together; but there's still a lack of any strong emotional center, and the character gallery remains over-populated.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The script here just doesn't have sufficient smarts to pull off Elle's political triumph. But Witherspoon again makes a valiant show of selling it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Leads Jean-Pierre Bacri and Emilie Dequenne establish an awkward yet tender odd-couple dynamic, their accomplished work serving to distinguish the familiar material.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A big-hearted, exuberant, compassionate film with a wicked sense of humor and terrific songs performed by some preternaturally talented kids.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Evokes the mythic feel of Sergio Leone Westerns. Despite a convoluted plot that begs for cleaner lines, the wild shoot-outs, cartoonish violence and charismatic cast should lure action fans to theaters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A thoroughly entertaining comedy about love, lawyers and fat divorce settlements. While a slight imbalance in the romantic formula stops it just short of truly soaring, the crackling dialogue and buoyant wordplay make this a delightful throwback to classic screwball comedies.