For 411 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 4.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 411
411 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Richly human in focus, the drama steadily cranks up its political and emotional charge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There’s uncustomary warmth here and a sensitivity to the characters’ vulnerabilities that often is missing from this director’s work.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film is funny, warm-hearted and enormously satisfying.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Light, thoroughly entertaining comedy;
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Dave Grohl has more than clout in his corner in his terrifically entertaining documentary Sound City. He brings elements that can't be faked -- passion and heart -- to this lovingly assembled insider account of what it feels like to make real handcrafted rock music.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Director Matteo Garrone's measured approach and soulfully humane focus combine to dignify the characters, allowing the tale of solitude, longing and sorrow to inch quietly under the viewer's skin.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, both of them exploring rewarding new dramatic range without neglecting their mad comedic skills.
    • 67 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This is an illuminating close-up on a vital cog in the moviemaking machine and a fresh perspective on key episodes in the birth of the New Hollywood.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    No
    Anchored by an admirably measured performance from Gael Garcia Bernal as the maverick advertising ace who spearheaded the winning campaign, the quietly impassioned film seems a natural for intelligent arthouse audiences.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A spare neorealist drama that holds attention and emotional involvement with its deft balance of toughness and sensitivity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    It makes savvy use of the well-worn found-footage format, modulating its creepy scenario with considerable skill.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This is a looser, grittier film than their work of late, and while it’s more successful in the sequences of bold theatricality than in the faux-cinéma vérité of the surrounding scenes, the mix is nonetheless an interesting one.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Swanberg and her co-writer Megan Mercier do an assured job of coaxing the minor-key humor and conflict gently from the naturalistic situations.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Despite a series of disclaimers about the treatment of Jews in the 16th century, there's even less disguising onscreen than onstage that this is an uncomfortably anti-Semitic play and somewhat problematic for contempo audiences.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Writer-director Joshua Marston's strikingly confident debut maintains an unblinking focus and sustains an almost unbearable level of tension.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Small but charming film.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Clever but distancing, this existential comedy bounces along on the backs of its tasty cast, witty writing and stylistic verve.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Joe
    Where it really works is in Cage's bone-deep characterization of a man at war with himself.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A witty script and strong performances hoist Metroland beyond the confines of its rather standard, TV-style approach.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This slight but appealing film's funky eccentricity feels a little contrived at times.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This feels like short film material stretched exasperatingly thin but nonetheless casts a certain sad spell, graced by moments of droll observational humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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