For 408 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% 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 408
408 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A thoroughly entertaining comedy about love, lawyers and fat divorce settlements. While a slight imbalance in the romantic formula stops it just short of truly soaring, the crackling dialogue and buoyant wordplay make this a delightful throwback to classic screwball comedies.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Elf
    Will Ferrell graduates to his first solo leading role with flying colors in Elf, a disarming holiday comedy about a clueless innocent who saves Christmas and fosters a renewed sense of family in his reluctant father.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An engrossingly detailed if perhaps inevitably enigmatic portrait of the elusive, outrageous provocateur.
    • 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."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film appears consistently poised to go deeper but instead hangs back, making it less substantial than it might have been. Yet the sweet-natured story's gentle humor and poignancy should draw appreciative audiences.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An ensemble drama laced with lighter moments that depicts the vitality, resilience and moral dilemmas of the people of Tel Aviv, the film is absorbing and at times moving.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While another director might have imbued the story of a Sicilian boy awakened to his parents' involvement in child abduction with more emotional weight and thematic depth, Salvatores' classically illustrative treatment should open arthouse doors for the visually sumptuous production.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This sassy if wildly uneven comedy navigates the treacherous high school jungle that separates cool cliques from wannabes, wading through some nasty behavior before delivering its moral message.
    • 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.

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