For 359 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Blue Caprice
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 359
359 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Smart assembly of terrific archive footage is matched by spirited interviews with the tough old broads today.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    By turns spiky and lyrical, this unsettling drama will be anathema to many audiences, but is bound to be a provocative, talked-about release.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film's appealing characters and amusing situations prevail over its general shortage of energy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While the film feels overlong at two hours 20 minutes, there's a seductive stillness to its enveloping mood.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Plenty of vile little secrets and ghastly urges are explored in the stylishly made Asian-fusion horror triptych.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Result hovers a little uncertainly between dark comedy and urban drama, but remains compelling thanks to its gritty narrative texture, nervous energy and loose, jumpy structure, which fit well with the DV-shot production's no-frills approach.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This slight but appealing film's funky eccentricity feels a little contrived at times.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Playing a Big Tobacco lobbyist, Aaron Eckhart puts his golden news-anchor good looks and smooth conviction to better use than in any pic since his breakthrough film, "In the Company of Men."
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Charming character study.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This is a fresh, spirited drama, charming and unpretentious. It mines a similar vein to recent Latino-themed pics such as "Raising Victor Vargas" and "Real Women Have Curves."
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Writer-director Douglas McGrath's boldest stroke is to impose a more overtly gay interpretation on a central relationship in which the attraction was generally supposed to be unspoken.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Provides powerful drama thanks to its trenchant core story and harrowing re-creation of the brutal chaos of war.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Starts out on an exhilarating high but gradually loses steam, Janice Beard 45 WPM tries hard to overcome its inconsistency with relentless whimsy.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Enter Charles Grodin, who upstages all involved via his savagely comical portrayal of a CIA agent.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While it's a little shapeless and dramatically overwrought, the film remains entertaining thanks to its fascinating subject, sharp visuals and fiercely proud central performance.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Delightful coming-of-age comedy-drama.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Accomplished, emotionally involving film.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An enjoyable throwback to the occult psychological horror-thrillers of the late 1970s. While it flirts often with campy excess, the film remains compelling thanks to its chilly mood, stylish visuals and polished production values.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While Muccino has refined his technique over four features and has developed greater insight, his characteristic tendency toward hysteria remains. This keeps the drama fast and compelling, but also makes it slightly wearing at times.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The resourceful actor (Depp) invigorates Secret Window with a playful personality and wryly humorous aplomb not front-and-center in the script, making the psycho-suspenser more compelling than it might otherwise have been.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Gritty and compelling as Monster is, the script's not entirely satisfying elaboration of the central relationship and Ricci's somewhat ungiving performance limit the material to that of a superior telemovie rather than something emotionally richer, like "Boys Don't Cry."