For 378 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 The Postman's White Nights
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 378
378 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An action thriller that doesn’t know when to quit. For the most part, though, it remains preposterously entertaining.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The maverick Japanese writer-director-actor known for his vicious set-pieces and macabre sense of humor eventually delivers some lip-smacking pleasures in the slow-ignition yakuza thriller Outrage Beyond.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    It makes savvy use of the well-worn found-footage format, modulating its creepy scenario with considerable skill.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Always interesting, frequently explosive, but also sprawling and unfocused.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Fort Tilden, the debut feature co-written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, showcases a satirical voice so dyspeptic it’s almost endearing, never letting the abrasive lead characters – or anyone else for that matter – off the hook for their self-absorbed entitlement.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While the set-up of Megan Griffiths’ mellow comedy-drama is a little labored, the performances are so engaging and the characters so pleasurable to be around that it’s easy to forget the script’s flaws.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Wild Tales opens and closes with a bang, and at its best is a riotously funny and cathartic exorcism of the frustrations of contemporary life.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Delicate and unhurried almost to a fault, though also hauntingly sexy and even humorous at times.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Niccol weighs the human toll on both aggressor and target with intelligence and compassion, while questioning whether technological warfare is inevitably destined to be an unending cycle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While the film feels slightly padded and might have been sharper in a tight, hourlong format, it's impossible not to be seduced by the joie de vivre of its subjects.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While the director's penchant for extended silences and stagy character positioning make it all seem rather studied, the drama nonetheless is compellingly unsettling.