For 389 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 4.5 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 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 389
389 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Sleek and engrossing, though awfully drawn out and short on psychological complexity, this is a straight-up police action thriller that adheres to a very familiar Hollywood template.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A stylishly made but unyielding drama.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film is absorbing on a scene-by-scene basis. But it connects the dots of Raymond’s life in a perfunctory way, without locating a fluid through-line or gaining emotional access to its elusive subject.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    There are simply too many characters jostling for attention and too many competing plot strands in a not-quite-seamless marriage of hard-edged social realism with a lyrical novelistic overlay. That said, the film is rich in poignant moments and negotiates its frequent shifts from violence to gentleness to sorrow with sensitivity.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Dramatically, Child of God is hit or miss; some scenes are ferociously captivating while others are given clumsy handling, almost to the point of indifference.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The unapologetically derivative sci-fi outing doesn’t have the scripting muscle to deliver on its early promise. But the solid cast keeps it reasonably gripping nonetheless.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The non-linear structure works extremely well, making the drama a bracing emotional roller coaster of feel-good/feel-bad turns.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    If De Palma’s version was one part adolescent dream, three parts nightmare, with a sly streak of satire running through it, Peirce’s is a more earnest yet still engrossing take on the story that should connect with contemporary teens. At the very least it might send fledgling horror buffs scurrying to their Netflix queues to watch a vintage masterpiece of the genre.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    To Be Takei follows multiple threads without pulling any one of them satisfyingly into focus, making it amusing and even poignant, though not quite the window into its subject's life that it might have been with a more penetrating observer.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Shot in a woozy handheld style and laced with fussy visual affectations, the story mixes ripe sensuality with brooding menace in a tranquil pastoral setting. It’s not uninteresting but too self-consciously arty to rank Decker as a mature filmmaking voice.
    • 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.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Young male auds should warm to its cool criminal ethos, sharp dialogue, charismatic cast and wry humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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