For 536 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 4.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Blue Caprice
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 536
536 movie reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Stars Zellweger and McGregor are too knowingly nudge-wink in their performances, too much contrived constructs to become real characters, let alone fuel the romantic comedy engine and make an audience care much whether they end up together.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Too much lethargic, unclear plotting and saccharine melodrama mean the gentle film is seldom as intriguing as its premise, even if Kurosawa as always provides arresting visual moments and has a commanding way of building atmosphere out of stillness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    An obvious labor of love, this hand-crafted film is beautifully made – photographed, scored and edited with a grubby lyricism that makes its shortage of plot momentum all the more frustrating.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    It's in the accelerating spiral of crime that the weaknesses of the script and direction become hard to ignore.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    While Helen Mirren elevates the material with her usual aplomb and the events being depicted inevitably are stirring, this is a stodgy crusade-for-justice drama, directed and written with minimal flair.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite its appealing performers and some tasty comic moments, Wilson overestimates our affection for a grating antihero only mildly warmed by Harrelson's ambling charm.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The doc is slickly packaged, but it suffers from the pat reality-TV feel of manicured sound bites where greater candor and fly-on-the-wall observation might have been welcome.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Winslet’s mix of grace, gumption and private sadness is the chief reason to keep watching, but she deserves a more dynamic film.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While the systematic corruption of innocents under an outwardly benevolent protector makes for a disturbing scenario, Australian newcomer Ariel Kleiman dulls the unease with his studiedly enigmatic approach.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    This is a laborious film that dulls the human drama at its core. Rather than pulling you into the protagonist's gradual acquaintance with his unfamiliar conscience, it shuts you out, leaving you bored and indifferent.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    All the conviction the actors can muster can't make this script feel less pat.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Somewhere along the line, the comedy turned from dark and playful to mean-spirited and sophomoric. A waste of the considerable appeal and comic talents of leads Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A well-meaning but schematic drama about three generations of Chinese women in America.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The movie is well acted and mostly absorbing, but it spells out everything so painstakingly that there's zero room for subtext.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A flawed and overlong but ultimately affecting account of one man's struggle to regain control of his life.
    • 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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    An ultimately moving drama about a displaced people. But its emotional kick is muffled by long-windedness, sentimental overkill and an overpopulated character gallery.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Live By Night is solid enough entertainment, but it lacks the nasty edge or narrative muscularity to make it memorable.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While there's some novelty in using genre conventions to contemplate the sin of taming a wild frontier, the reverential film takes itself far too seriously; it ends up being neither sufficiently inventive nor revisionist to surmount its archetypal cliches.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The delicate drama is sweet and sincere but a tad thin to resonate.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Wavering between wry humor and frank tenderness without fully committing to either, the film ends up stranded in an innocuously sweet middle ground. That’s a disappointment, especially since the movie gets off to an amusing start.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.

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