For 375 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 4.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 375
375 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Thoughtful, melancholy drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This melancholy, insightfully scripted coming-of-age drama is moving without being manipulative and makes an assured calling card for writer-director Karen Moncrieff.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Working predominantly in English for the first time, the French director has crafted an absorbing tale about the merging of fiction with reality, propelled by contrasting performances from Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An entertaining, deeply respectful assessment of the directors and actors who rode the countercultural wave of the 1970s.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There’s a light touch in evidence, balancing the bleakness with odd lyrical moments and unexpected humor and tenderness that infuse the gentle drama with a bracing freshness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The gifted repertory company again creates an amusing gallery of incisively observed characters, riffing off each other with enjoyment levels that frequently prove contagious.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film's unhurried pace will target it for discerning audiences only, but its wry humor and coolly amused observation of contemporary Japan should score with smart urbanites.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Visceral, witty and appropriately redundant, the sequel has a winning commercial recipe that's certain to cook up excellent returns in all areas.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Delves far more deeply into grisly physical manifestation than psychological motivation, making it seem something of an actorish vanity piece. But the drama is directed with arresting spareness and control.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This is arguably Hurt's best role in years, and he bites into it with relish, managing to seem both manipulative and vulnerable, dour and droll at the same time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An eloquent expression of both unorthodox romance and bitter disillusionment with the hypocritical institutions of family and society.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Over-plotted and at times incoherent but never dull, this is a stylishly designed, highly entertaining bloodbath full of offbeat comedy and inspired musical moments.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Driven by soulful performances and by a genuine sense of wonder for the unpredictable permutations of love and family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    It recovers from an opening that's a little oblique to grow progressively more seductive as the two lost central characters become entwined.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This skillfully acted, handsomely crafted frock piece toys cleverly with gender confusion and sexual identity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    While it veers heavily toward pretentiousness, this striking metaphysical mystery is intensely compelling, conjuring a mood between European high-arthouse and the unsettling psychological horror of "Rosemary's Baby."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Full of surprising warmth and charm, unexpected plot turns and droll characters that bounce off each other in refreshing ways.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A stunningly crafted work from first-time feature director Nicole Kassell.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    While it could have used a punchier final act that distilled its themes more cogently and conclusively, this intelligently scripted drama about power and its many channels nonetheless delivers thanks to Stettner's stylish visual sense and, most of all, to the smart, commanding performances of leads Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary.
    • Variety
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Richly human in focus, the drama steadily cranks up its political and emotional charge.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Material that might have turned to standard dysfunctional family treacle in other hands is given stirring poignancy, warmth and emotional insight in Shona Auerbach's assured first feature.
    • 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.