For 547 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 A Fantastic Woman
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 547
547 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Sanders and DeMicco’s script doesn’t have the robust plotting, consistent wit or flavorful character development of the best family animation. And some of the voice actors have too little to work with.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The story rarely gets fired up to "maximum thrust," to use the rocket-speed parlance of its heroes.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    It’s not bad, but it’s ineffectual -- shuffling from one semi-satirical vignette to the next and then veering into soul-searching territory while generating only mild engagement.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While staccato dialogue and edgy confrontations have always been the wordsmith's forte, the precision-tooled mechanics of an elaborate crime caper have not, and the physical direction here could use some muscle.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An obvious labor of love, this hand-crafted film is beautifully made – photographed, scored and edited with a grubby lyricism that makes its shortage of plot momentum all the more frustrating.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Stars Zellweger and McGregor are too knowingly nudge-wink in their performances, too much contrived constructs to become real characters, let alone fuel the romantic comedy engine and make an audience care much whether they end up together.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Choreographed by long-term Li collaborator Corey Yuen, the martial arts confrontations supply plenty of spark, though they lack the more exhilarating stylistic flourishes of those in "Romeo."
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    All the conviction the actors can muster can't make this script feel less pat.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    What might have looked intriguing on paper appears to have been largely pared away in the artsy mannerisms and loaded silences of Brit director Daniel Barber’s self-consciously elliptical treatment.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A disjointed story of self-discovery, courage and redemption somewhat incongruously billed as a salute to Akira Kurosawa.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The glue that holds the sweet teen-fantasy together is star Anne Hathaway, who continues to evolve into a luminous young lead.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Winslet’s mix of grace, gumption and private sadness is the chief reason to keep watching, but she deserves a more dynamic film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Meyer aims to emulate the jagged freeform jazz that permeates his soundtrack, but this wan indie is strictly middle-of-the-road background music.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The problem is that the romance as depicted is just not interesting enough to sustain realistic treatment. It's sweet but a tad dull. The two characters lack dimension, and their stereotypical situations seem entirely generic.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    It's involving but seldom deeply affecting, with the core drama continually shoved aside to examine more commonplace matters of parenting, abandonment and broken families.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While it has about as much depth and nuance as the bubblegum Sino-pop tunes that pepper its soundtrack, Formula 17 is a fresh, sweet-natured affair with an attractive young cast that should play to the gay-teen niche.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While there’s much to enjoy here – particularly in the touching performance of Hiam Abbass – there’s also plenty that is cliched and forced.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Restrained and elegant to a fault, this first feature from co-directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams is too muted in its catharsis and too overcrowded with superfluous characters to be fully satisfying, but the delicate central performance keeps it watchable.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The movie is well acted and mostly absorbing, but it spells out everything so painstakingly that there's zero room for subtext.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Hurt give compelling performances... But the coldly unrewarding drama is as distant and joyless as its protagonist, representing a disappointment for director Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Both Chastain and Farrell are resourceful, intelligent actors who can be riveting together moment to moment. But the disconcerting thing about Ullmann’s blandly handsome movie is that neither of these key characters comes fully into focus.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An affable but undernourished romantic comedy that fails to match the freshness of the actress-producer and writer's previous collaboration, "Miss Congeniality."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While there's some novelty in using genre conventions to contemplate the sin of taming a wild frontier, the reverential film takes itself far too seriously; it ends up being neither sufficiently inventive nor revisionist to surmount its archetypal cliches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The Railway Man is well-acted and handsomely produced, but its honorable intentions are not matched with sustained emotional impact or psychological suspense.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite a number of trenchant scenes and some startling depictions of sexual degradation, the film has little that's particularly original or enlightening to say about living with a chemical, genetic or emotional imbalance, making its primary function as a showcase for the lead actress to stretch her range.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Meandering melodrama about gay relationships, friendship, loneliness and the elastic notion of family is considerably overlong and hampered by too many superfluous scenes.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The actors' raw honesty and the unvarnished authenticity of the Southeast Texas environment lend weight to this slow-burn drama about responsibility, even if its storytelling is unrelentingly downbeat and lacks muscularity.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Sifting the pieces of a broken lesbian relationship, the slender, seemingly autobiographical film has its share of neurotic charms and funny one-liners, but it’s too tentative about digging into its identity conflicts -- sexual or cultural.

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