For 359 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 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 359
359 movie reviews
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A fairly sustained barrage of broad undergraduate humor and gross-out gags that should tickle young auds looking for unsophisticated laughs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Lapses into melodramatic self-importance and gratuitous stylistic flourishes that take the audience out of the action -- are outweighed by the steadily amplified emotional power of this ultimately moving drama.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Jolie is even hotter, faster and more commanding than last time around as the fearless heiress/adventuress, plus a little more human. The less welcome news is that most of the same shortcomings that cramped the first installment are still dogging the sequel, which delivers on action but dawdles through downtime.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The broad comedy is somewhat strained and obvious, and the hyper-real atmosphere encourages the cast to slice the prosciutto a little thickly. But the film's sweet-natured ingenuousness proves reasonably contagious.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Ambitiously structured in non-chronological fragments that form a fascinating puzzle, this raw drama about grief, guilt and redemption becomes ultimately overextended and overwrought in its final stretch.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Despite its crude, willfully naive style, this comedy of transgression, judgment and revenge becomes steadily more appealing as it progresses.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While the premise has possibilities for some creepy, pulpy fun, writer-director Robert Parigi brings too little style or humor, instead going a more obvious, overwrought route.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Largely overcomes key cast weaknesses to deliver a jazzy, darkly textured rendering of the ghetto pulp of late African-American ex-con author Donald Goines.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Sensitive direction and a touching performance from Emile Hirsch in the title role help counter some dramatic naivete and awkward, at times unintentional, humor in The Mudge Boy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Frequently hilarious but ultimately is a protracted one-joke affair that strays into undisciplined chaos.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film's transitions between periods are not entirely seamless and its discourse often becomes didactic. However, the depth and intelligence it brings to issues of black politics and sexuality could help carve an appreciative theatrical audience in upscale gay and/or urban niches.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Signals a talented newcomer in writer-director John Simpson and boasts a gripping central performance from popular British comedian Lee Evans.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film sways awkwardly back and forth between prickly humor and pathos, rarely ringing true in either register.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Middleton's polished writing and amusing observations about the anxieties most people encounter when definitively farewelling their youth help compensate for her standard-issue direction.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    What might have been a cinephile's wet dream turns out instead to be seductive, stimulating and sodden, in that order, in the three-chapter reflection on love and desire.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Like the symmetrical word that supplies its title, the mordant comedy-drama recovers ground to become a boldly intriguing if not entirely satisfying subversion of American family values.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Strikingly crafted but rather empty drama.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    This oddball tale of a small-town gangster's troubled girlfriend hovers uncertainly on the edge of an absurdist universe.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While Second Best is mildly engaging thanks largely to an appealingly self-effacing turn from Joe Pantoliano, writer-director Eric Weber's script could have used an extra polish or two.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film goes more and more off-kilter, with its jumble of black comedy and bloodshed and its mild-mannered protagonist embroiled in violent crime making it an unsophisticated foray into Coen brothers territory.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Starts out bracingly but gradually loses focus. Ecuadorian writer-director Sebastian Cordero's screenplay trades in underdeveloped conflicts and blank characters, hinting far too early at the killer's probable identity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Ambling drama shows an exasperating lack of economy and a weakness for diatribe dialogue, but becomes progressively more involving after a laborious start.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Director Chris Columbus has pasted the grungy "La Boheme" update onto film with slavish respect for the original material but a shortage of stylistic imagination and raw emotions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A bigscreen feature executed with a cookie-cutter small-screen sensibility, this often charming but untextured fact-based period piece is buoyed along by the redoubtable Judi Dench.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While it tips its hat to screwball comedy, Puccini for Beginners owes more to contemporary sitcom. It also has way more in common with "Sex and the City" than "The L Word." None of that is entirely a bad thing in a film that never really soars but has enough breezy humor.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    As an eco-political inquiry, the film is compelling even if its grounding in scientific fact could be more solid.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A dynamic breakout performance from Gina Rodriguez helps this rap-infused drama about a young Los Angeles Latina overcome its patchy storytelling.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Only God Forgives is a hypnotic fugue on themes of violence and retribution, drenched in corrosive reds.