For 380 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 Capote
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 30 out of 380
380 movie reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film sways awkwardly back and forth between prickly humor and pathos, rarely ringing true in either register.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 67 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The film is shocking and upsetting, but never truly gets under the skin the way this kind of material often can. Whatever reservations are prompted by Haneke's approach, his direction is controlled and edgy. [20 May 1997, p.52]
    • Variety
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A well-meaning but schematic drama about three generations of Chinese women in America.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    David Duchovny scores considerably higher as director than as screenwriter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While it has about as much depth and nuance as the bubblegum Sino-pop tunes that pepper its soundtrack, Formula 17 is a fresh, sweet-natured affair with an attractive young cast that should play to the gay-teen niche.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite a soulful leading performance from Max Minghella, pic feels insubstantial, echoing without equaling both the coolly ironic edge and heart of "Ghost World" and the incisive art-world outsider portrait of the director's docu feature, "Crumb."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Aiming for unsettling atmosphere over character definition, the dawdling mystery thriller manages to flatten two protagonists that had far more depth in the novel.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Underproduced and compromised by an uneven script and a tendency to descend into melodrama, the DV-lensed feature nonetheless is well acted and directed with confidence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A drama that steadily succumbs to self-conscious artiness, drunk on its own sense of contrived poetry and cloudy existential reflection.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A bland road movie running on empty. It's depressing to see a deluxe cast wasted on such by-the-numbers material -- from predictable plot to fabricated Hallmark sentiment to strenuous milking of warm-and-fuzzy laughs from the irrepressible spirit of three women whose youth is behind them.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Meandering melodrama about gay relationships, friendship, loneliness and the elastic notion of family is considerably overlong and hampered by too many superfluous scenes.