For 545 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 Anomalisa
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 545
545 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Solid performances are undercut by lack of storytelling integrity in this plodding biopic.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Sure, it's a kick to see Stiller and Wilson back in the shoes of these camera-ready cretins, but for every joke that sparks there are several that just lay there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Despite four credited screenwriters, including Evrenol, the mysteriously titled Baskin is thin on story, instead lurching in and out of a woozy dreamscape before arriving at its extended terror and torture set piece.
    • 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.
    • 16 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The unfocused writing makes the film increasingly less convincing as it stumbles toward an awkwardly structured resolution -- closing on a conga line that makes "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" seem cutting-edge.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Despite the director's frequently stated mission to liberate the poetry in his material by excavating what he has described as "ecstatic truth," this is a literal, rather flat epic that keeps telling us in voiceovers of its spiritual dimension, without actually generating much evidence of it.
    • 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The fragile film’s bid for poignancy is so aggressive and its sensitivity so studied that it eventually drowns in syrupy banality.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Occupies wavelengths too remote to be tuned in by audiences other than diehard Asian esoterica enthusiasts.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Plays like an aggressively heart-tugging, exceedingly vanilla Disney telemovie.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    With nary a likable character in sight until the late arrival of some unearned emotion in the closing scenes, this is a posey, abrasive drama, though one that's stylishly made and acted with more conviction than the script merits.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Not sufficiently compelling.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Has a patched-together feel, and its aims as human drama, social documentary and vigilante movie are never quite reconciled.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Hampered by thinly developed characters and pedestrian plotting.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    This derivative smoothie appears to have been made by putting Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and the Coen Brothers into a blender along with Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. The brash result squanders a talented cast, sharp visuals and spectacular locations on a grisly trail of mayhem that rarely yields much mirth.

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