For 432 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: 64
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 432
432 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    A bland romance that suffers from choppy development, dramatic overload and dearth of personality.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Plays like an aggressively heart-tugging, exceedingly vanilla Disney telemovie.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The spirit of the late Federico Fellini -- with whom Benigni talked of doing the project together -- surfaces repeatedly. But that spirit fails to enliven a film substantially lacking in personality, energy, magic and humor.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Somewhere along the line, the comedy turned from dark and playful to mean-spirited and sophomoric. A waste of the considerable appeal and comic talents of leads Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Hampered by thinly developed characters and pedestrian plotting.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    With less than five minutes of screen time but with more humor and sassy attitude than the remaining cast combined, Missy Elliott separates hip-hop royalty from riff raff in the otherwise lackluster Honey.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    A one-joke affair about conjoined twins that feels like it bypassed the scripting stage and was filmed directly from the pitch, the comedy remains resoundingly unfunny.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Spanish writer-director Cesc Gay and Argentine co-director Daniel Gimelberg cook up one or two agreeably tart episodes in this uneven pic, but ultimately, it plays like "Four Rooms" without a budget.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    An appealing female cast gives the hollowly formulaic Mona Lisa Smile more dignity than it perhaps deserves, yet it's Julia Roberts in an ill-suited starring role that represents one of the film's chief shortcomings.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    While it's stylishly designed and shot in startling colors on digital high-definition cameras, this feels like yesterday's futuristic news, and it's more likely to surface as a video/DVD curiosity than a theatrical draw.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Hoge shows no particular directorial style, bringing a bland, anonymous look to the generic Southern California suburban locations.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    It takes chutzpah to borrow from comedy maestros Billy Wilder and Blake Edwards, and Nia Vardalos would seem an unlikely candidate to get away with it unpunished.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Not sufficiently compelling.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The lure of Halle Berry as the leather-clad feline should help this mangy misfire claw out a decent opening before a quick slink to DVD.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Land gives the drama some poignancy, revealing the pain, anger, envy and longing of a girl burdened by life's imbalances. But her character exists in a vacuum, surrounded by stock figures and unconvincing actors.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    This obsessive love story about a guy seeking closure after being dumped by his Latino boyfriend awkwardly juggles screwball and noir elements with macabre black comedy in a mix that calls for a far lighter, more stylish touch than the obvious one at work here.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    As both political satire and noirish murder mystery, this Newmarket pickup may be too meandering and unemphatic for wide consumption.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Occupies wavelengths too remote to be tuned in by audiences other than diehard Asian esoterica enthusiasts.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    But behind its slick veneer and the glibness of its preposterous premise and dark twists, there's a yawning absence of charm or substance in this London-set love triangle, as well as a lack of chemistry between its three leads.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Dramatically pallid and unconvincing. Despite being written for her, the director's "Irma Vep" muse Maggie Cheung seems oddly miscast here and is ill-served by an emotionally underpowered screenplay that rarely gets beneath the surface of the character's problems.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Much of the film plays awkwardly, its tone veering undecidedly between volatile drama and contemplative psychological study.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Brit filmmaker Sue Clayton's muddled feature bow is full of intriguing ideas and incidental charms that fail to come together into a cohesive whole.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    It has hypnotic visual style and a dense, driving soundscape. But it’s also too monotonous and thematically empty to be seriously provocative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Tonal inconsistency, lethargic pacing and a shortage of fresh insight dilute the storytelling efficacy of this quartet of loosely interconnected episodes involving ordinary people pushed over the edge.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Solid performances are undercut by lack of storytelling integrity in this plodding biopic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    A lot of banality gets passed off here as profound thought. That and the somewhat self-conscious actors make it difficult to engage much with either character.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The wistful pleasures are stretched awfully thin at almost two hours in a film that blurs the line separating self-irony from tiresome self-consciousness.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Paltrow shows a capable hand with the actors... However, the characters only intermittently engage our interest.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    There’s a crucial shortage of heart here, from the messy storytelling to the hit-or-miss humor and unattractive visuals.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The mix of limpid naturalism with lyricism that has often distinguished David Gordon Green's indie films slides into sentimentality, or worse yet, whimsy in Manglehorn.

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