For 408 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Fire in Babylon
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 408
408 movie reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    What makes this film such a warm and touching portrait is that it reveals a woman who, even at her lowest, never loses her sense of humor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    What makes 20,000 Days on Earth distinctive is that it provides an overview of the man and his art while creating the illusion that this has come together organically -- out of poetic ruminations, casual encounters, ghost-like visitations and good old Freudian psychoanalysis.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Creepy, suspenseful and sustained, this skillfully made lo-fi horror movie plays knowingly with genre tropes and yet never winks at the audience, giving it a refreshing face-value earnestness that makes it all the more gripping.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Exhaustively tracking the five-year battle to overthrow California’s ban on same-sex marriage, they distill the dense legal process into a lucid narrative while illuminating the human drama of the plaintiffs, and by extension, the countless gay men and lesbians they represent.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film is funny, warm-hearted and enormously satisfying.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Gerard Johnstone, a first-time writer-director from New Zealand, demonstrates a sly command of deadpan humor along with an assured grasp of seasoned horror tropes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit. It benefits from respect for the source material, enticing production values and a populous gallery of sharp character portraits from a delightful cast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    In the film’s exquisite handling of death as the ultimate – or in some cases the only – conduit for love, it arrives at an unmistakable final note of hope and renewal.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The filmmakers' reluctance to over-explain character motivations has mostly kept their films out of the mainstream and will continue to do so here, but there's no shortage of impressions that resonate. And the performances of both Reynolds and Mendelsohn are fortified with deep feeling, working in admirable tandem.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Screenwriter Chris Weitz embraces both the magic and the humanity of the classic fairy tale. He underlines the virtues of kindness and courage in a heroine right out of the pages of a traditional storybook, who gradually reveals the qualities of a self-possessed modern girl.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Keeping exposition spare, Edmands’ storytelling displays a pleasing economy of means, and an empathetic handle on characters all flawed in one way or another, existing in self-imposed solitude.
    • 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.

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