For 380 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 Something in the Air
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 380
380 movie reviews
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This exceedingly long-winded but classy drama could appeal to the same strain of infrequent, regional moviegoers looking for righteous entertainment that flocked to "The Passion of the Christ."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Accomplished, emotionally involving film.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Almost as much an art piece as a film, this playful Prohibition-era tale is visually inventive and initially amusing but, at feature length, becomes somewhat wearing in its cacophonous eccentricity.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The spirited comedy ultimately kneels before an all-embracing deity, which could appease the God squad provided they get through all the wickedly funny zealot-bashing that comes first.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    As lowbrow comedies go, it pretty much delivers.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Unclassifiable cult figure Takashi Miike's films invariably have their share of weirdness and perversity, but Gozu arguably outweirds all previous efforts in the prolific Japanese director's eclectic canon.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The brooding, well-constructed drama gets considerable mileage out of the schizoid twin dynamic.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Despite an excessively meandering final act, the drama's three intertwined stories have a cumulative impact, their affecting sadness matched by meticulously composed visual poetry.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A pedigree cast elevates old-fashioned material and lackluster screenwriting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While it's clear where the filmmaker's sympathies lie, the view presented is relatively balanced.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Small but charming film.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Given a lift by its folksy soundtrack of toe-tapping Ceili dance tunes, the film is handsomely produced and engaging enough, but never more than that due to a weak dramatic arc and soft conflicts in Nicholas Adams' script and to John Irvin's functional direction.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Dexterously scripted, darkly humorous.
    • 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."