For 243 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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 243
243 movie reviews
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Choreographed by long-term Li collaborator Corey Yuen, the martial arts confrontations supply plenty of spark, though they lack the more exhilarating stylistic flourishes of those in "Romeo."
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While the direction is a little anonymous and could use some verve, the comedy-drama gets by thanks to a solid script, witty dialogue and engaging performances.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An elegant but empty and frustrating meditation on desire, obsession, love and possession, The Captive intellectualizes those subjects almost beyond the level of art-film parody.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Young male auds should warm to its cool criminal ethos, sharp dialogue, charismatic cast and wry humor.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An affable but undernourished romantic comedy that fails to match the freshness of the actress-producer and writer's previous collaboration, "Miss Congeniality."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Not quite a documentary, it's more like a musical travelogue that doesn't quite sustain feature length and seems ideally suited to a shorter TV version for music webs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While staccato dialogue and edgy confrontations have always been the wordsmith's forte, the precision-tooled mechanics of an elaborate crime caper have not, and the physical direction here could use some muscle.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    As lethargic as the characters it portrays, the film requires greater staying power than many audiences will possess.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    This supposed comedy of manners about Americans in Paris feels artificial at every turn, its characters so devoid of backstory and nuance their behavior often makes little sense.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Whatever valid points are being explored are hopelessly clouded by the film's unwavering earnestness as it descends into silliness and excess.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An unexpected departure off the map, flinging together elements of Alpine musical, ghoulish Jan Svankmajer-style claymation and a family portrait so hokey it makes the Brady Bunch look hip.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Hurt give compelling performances... But the coldly unrewarding drama is as distant and joyless as its protagonist, representing a disappointment for director Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Stars Zellweger and McGregor are too knowingly nudge-wink in their performances, too much contrived constructs to become real characters, let alone fuel the romantic comedy engine and make an audience care much whether they end up together.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The film lacks the accompanying media spotlight that boosted the Moore release and therefore appears unlikely to reach beyond a liberal audience with an already vehement aversion to Fox News' partisan coverage.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A moderately successful attempt to ape the standard Hollywood teen movie.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The whole spirit of rebellion, passion and protest that should be a driving force for the characters plays more like a cultivated affectation.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Although amusing as often as not, the material remains more comedy-sketch fodder than a fully developed feature.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The story rarely gets fired up to "maximum thrust," to use the rocket-speed parlance of its heroes.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The glue that holds the sweet teen-fantasy together is star Anne Hathaway, who continues to evolve into a luminous young lead.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    This visually impressive yet emotional frigid fable could perhaps more accurately be tagged "The Bipolar Express."
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A disjointed story of self-discovery, courage and redemption somewhat incongruously billed as a salute to Akira Kurosawa.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Humor is inconsistent, and the film suffers from lack of shape and fluidity, playing more like a series of disjointed sketches. But there are more than enough high points to compensate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Plays like an aggressively heart-tugging, exceedingly vanilla Disney telemovie.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Spanish writer-director Cesc Gay and Argentine co-director Daniel Gimelberg cook up one or two agreeably tart episodes in this uneven pic, but ultimately, it plays like "Four Rooms" without a budget.
    • 11 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The spirit of the late Federico Fellini -- with whom Benigni talked of doing the project together -- surfaces repeatedly. But that spirit fails to enliven a film substantially lacking in personality, energy, magic and humor.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    This kind of episodic chain of interlocking encounters has become a formulaic favorite in American indie cinema, and Mattei's take on the genre is narrow and schematic.
    • 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.