For 542 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Blue Caprice
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 542
542 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Despite its crude, willfully naive style, this comedy of transgression, judgment and revenge becomes steadily more appealing as it progresses.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Lapses into melodramatic self-importance and gratuitous stylistic flourishes that take the audience out of the action -- are outweighed by the steadily amplified emotional power of this ultimately moving drama.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    An ultimately moving drama about a displaced people. But its emotional kick is muffled by long-windedness, sentimental overkill and an overpopulated character gallery.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film is absorbing on a scene-by-scene basis. But it connects the dots of Raymond’s life in a perfunctory way, without locating a fluid through-line or gaining emotional access to its elusive subject.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    As lethargic as the characters it portrays, the film requires greater staying power than many audiences will possess.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Young male auds should warm to its cool criminal ethos, sharp dialogue, charismatic cast and wry humor.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A bland road movie running on empty. It's depressing to see a deluxe cast wasted on such by-the-numbers material -- from predictable plot to fabricated Hallmark sentiment to strenuous milking of warm-and-fuzzy laughs from the irrepressible spirit of three women whose youth is behind them.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A moderately successful attempt to ape the standard Hollywood teen movie.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Underproduced and compromised by an uneven script and a tendency to descend into melodrama, the DV-lensed feature nonetheless is well acted and directed with confidence.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While the direction is a little anonymous and could use some verve, the comedy-drama gets by thanks to a solid script, witty dialogue and engaging performances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The delicate drama is sweet and sincere but a tad thin to resonate.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    As gratifying as it would be to report that the effortless touch, the livewire rhythms and the sparkling wit remain in evidence, those qualities prevail only intermittently in this strained though mildly enjoyable ensemble comedy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Not quite a documentary, it's more like a musical travelogue that doesn't quite sustain feature length and seems ideally suited to a shorter TV version for music webs.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite its sharp visuals and evocative sense of place, the unevenly acted film never quite builds enough atmospheric dread to distract from its characters' somewhat implausible behavior.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite its appealing performers and some tasty comic moments, Wilson overestimates our affection for a grating antihero only mildly warmed by Harrelson's ambling charm.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The whole spirit of rebellion, passion and protest that should be a driving force for the characters plays more like a cultivated affectation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An elegant but empty and frustrating meditation on desire, obsession, love and possession, The Captive intellectualizes those subjects almost beyond the level of art-film parody.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    performances from Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon keep Stockholm, Pennsylvania intense and absorbing, but Nicole Beckwith's initial impulse to tell her confinement story as a stage play feels as if it might have been a sounder choice.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While the systematic corruption of innocents under an outwardly benevolent protector makes for a disturbing scenario, Australian newcomer Ariel Kleiman dulls the unease with his studiedly enigmatic approach.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A well-meaning but schematic drama about three generations of Chinese women in America.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    LUV
    Even if some of them are playing hackneyed gangster-film types, the strength of the actors makes it almost possible to forgive the formulaic plotting and artificially movie-ish developments. Candis and Justin Wilson's screenplay stretches credibility thinner and thinner as the story advances.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Wavering between wry humor and frank tenderness without fully committing to either, the film ends up stranded in an innocuously sweet middle ground. That’s a disappointment, especially since the movie gets off to an amusing start.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A drama that steadily succumbs to self-conscious artiness, drunk on its own sense of contrived poetry and cloudy existential reflection.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The film lacks the accompanying media spotlight that boosted the Moore release and therefore appears unlikely to reach beyond a liberal audience with an already vehement aversion to Fox News' partisan coverage.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    This visually impressive yet emotional frigid fable could perhaps more accurately be tagged "The Bipolar Express."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Humor is inconsistent, and the film suffers from lack of shape and fluidity, playing more like a series of disjointed sketches. But there are more than enough high points to compensate.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    For high-concept melodrama that's low on complexity, this very solemn film takes itself way too seriously. But it's not entirely without interest, thanks to sleek visuals and decent chemistry between alluring leads Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Although amusing as often as not, the material remains more comedy-sketch fodder than a fully developed feature.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Whatever valid points are being explored are hopelessly clouded by the film's unwavering earnestness as it descends into silliness and excess.

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