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 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 408
408 movie reviews
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Its honest, unshowy performances and textured depiction of life in a working-class community in a nowhere Southern Illinois town make this modest indie feature an affecting experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A witty script and strong performances hoist Metroland beyond the confines of its rather standard, TV-style approach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The intimately personal chronicle is more impressive for Famiglietti's disarming self-exposure than for any fully formed cinematic style or consistency of tone, but the modest production has a genuine, warm spirit.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An all-access pass to an artist embarking on a new path, this is entertaining stuff – funny, disarming, even poignant. It's also jammed with terrific music.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This is a looser, grittier film than their work of late, and while it’s more successful in the sequences of bold theatricality than in the faux-cinéma vérité of the surrounding scenes, the mix is nonetheless an interesting one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Webber’s key influence appears to be ultra-naturalistic contemporary European cinema, most specifically French, and The End of Love hits that mark often enough to make it affecting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Cianfrance generally shows again that he knows how to build immersive characterizations with his actors. And while this sorrowful triptych is uneven and perhaps overly ambitious, the director displays a cool mastery of atmospherics and tone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Michel Gondry takes an idiosyncratic, funny, unexpectedly poignant snapshot of American youth in The We and the I. Rambling and unpolished, the film has a scrappy charm that springs organically from the characters and their stories rather than being artificially coaxed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Writer-director Adam Leon’s debut feature, Gimme the Loot, is a scrappy, funny, warmly observed delight from start to finish.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Even if the movie ultimately proves less adventurous than its main characters, it has a charm that keeps resurfacing every time you think it’s wandering too far into cutesville.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While virtually everything that happens in this grown-up rom-com can be seen coming a mile off, Danish director Susanne Bier’s assured touch and warm regard for her characters make the film both pleasurable and satisfying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A quirky study of the unrelenting grip of evil, the film is beautifully made, though stronger in its intriguing setup than its muddy resolution.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    There’s a limber, freewheeling aspect to the storytelling that echoes the rule-breaking literary form of the Beat writers.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Wells directs the actors smoothly enough in individual scenes, but his work lacks the cohesiveness to really pull all the characters together and convey their shared past.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Joe
    Where it really works is in Cage's bone-deep characterization of a man at war with himself.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Vivid characterizations from Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter are the highlights of Mike Newell's traditional retelling of the classic Dickens novel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The documentary is brisk and engaging but feels somewhat scattered. Myers’ inexperience as a filmmaker shows in its choppy narrative.

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