For 416 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 43% 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 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 416
416 movie reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While the film carries no writer credit, the accompanying voiceover commentary from all five band-members feels canned, short on off-the-cuff spontaneity and hindsight perspective. Still, even if it has not much more depth than a VH1 Behind the Music special, the doc holds ample pleasures for '80s cultists.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Only God Forgives is a hypnotic fugue on themes of violence and retribution, drenched in corrosive reds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A stylishly made but unyielding drama.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    [Marquardt's] film sustains tension and is arrestingly lit and shot, exhibiting a sharp eye for expressive compositions and a persuasive feel for the sheer alienating physical density of New York City life.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Despite some hazy plot points, the tough, compelling drama comes together quite satisfyingly, standing alongside 1996's "The Funeral" as perhaps the most controlled and cohesive of Ferrara's uneven work of recent years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Strikingly crafted but rather empty drama.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While devotees expecting Moretti's wry worldview may feel shortchanged, others will find this a profoundly moving experience, giving it fuel to cross borders into the arthouse niche.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While it plays more like stage or TV sketch-comedy shtick than film material, this modest, visually unimposing production remains entertaining thanks to its ironic observations and winning sense of folly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A flawed and overlong but ultimately affecting account of one man's struggle to regain control of his life.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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