For 584 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 3.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 584
584 movie reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    For much of its running time, Zama is merely remote and enervating, too accurately reflecting its protagonist’s predicament.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    While the film depicts a world seldom far removed from grim reality, the sly strain of humor keeps it buoyant, nowhere more so than in Kaurismaki’s deadpan dialogue, delivered with affectless aplomb by his marvelous cast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    His new film acquires considerable urgency and raw emotional power in the closing stretch. But at just under two-and-a-half talky hours it's almost maddeningly protracted, maintaining a somewhat cold intellectual approach that might have been improved by greater emphasis on the beautiful scenes of intimacy, tenderness, naked fear and helplessness that punctuate the action.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Somewhat haphazardly organized yet fascinatingly detailed and enriched by the candor and dignity of its shockingly deprived interview subjects.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The sense of time passing is hypnotic, and the image of the ghost, wounded and watching, unable to communicate or offer comfort, becomes more eerie and beautiful the longer we observe it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Anvari deftly builds and sustains tension throughout, crafting a horror movie that respects genre conventions...while firmly establishing its own distinctive identity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    What distinguishes Borten and Wallack’s screenplay is its refusal to sentimentalize by providing humbling epiphanies to set Ron on the right path and endow him with empathy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The director’s austere minimalism has always been suspended between the mesmerizing and the distancing, and in his latest feature, the concentration on elliptical observation, mood and texture signals an almost complete rejection of narrative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    There's a ton of great material here and a nonstop flow of expertly chosen clips.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Blending fiction with documentary and exquisite film craft with playful improvisational freedom, Andrei Konchalovsky delivers what might be the most captivating screen work of his post-Hollywood career with The Postman's White Nights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Focusing on the notoriously aggressive orca Tilikum, this gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species – and by extension any wild animal – in captivity for the purposes of human entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Gloria is a work of maturity, depth and emotional insight. There’s not a single false note here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    This slow but brilliantly sustained journey into madness is fronted by a remarkable performance from Ralph Fiennes and superb backup from Miranda Richardson in a triple role.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Mike Leigh is at the peak of his powers with Vera Drake, a compassionate, morally complex drama that stands easily alongside his best work, "Secrets & Lies" and "Topsy-Turvy."
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Mullan's increased maturity as a director is evident in his skill at manipulating light and dark dramatic tones, and shifting between moods of anger and plaintive melancholy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    An ultra-naturalistic slice of rocky adolescent life that combines violence and sensuality, wrenching loss and tender discovery.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The story's quiet power comes from its sensitive observation of the characters as normal, emancipated young modern women, with healthy desires and curiosities, whose supposed transgressions are imagined and then magnified in the judgmental minds of others.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Mond's skill at working with actors is equal to his fully developed visual style and assured modulation of atmosphere and tone. This may be a small movie, but it's an impressively rigorous one without an ounce of flab.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Creepy, suspenseful and sustained, this skillfully made lo-fi horror movie plays knowingly with genre tropes and yet never winks at the audience, giving it a refreshing face-value earnestness that makes it all the more gripping.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    The movie is a small marvel of impeccable craftsmanship.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    What makes 20,000 Days on Earth distinctive is that it provides an overview of the man and his art while creating the illusion that this has come together organically -- out of poetic ruminations, casual encounters, ghost-like visitations and good old Freudian psychoanalysis.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Essentially, this is a film about existential emptiness, and yet it’s beautiful and alive, as filled with humor as it is with melancholy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This feels like short film material stretched exasperatingly thin but nonetheless casts a certain sad spell, graced by moments of droll observational humor.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Even at its most sorrowful, Marjorie Prime is suffused with warmth, the core of it emanating from Smith in two complementary iterations of the same character.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    First-time feature director Rob Marshall and Oscar-winning "Gods and Monsters" screenwriter Bill Condon have spun the dark tale of two murdering floozies into a widely palatable entertainment, but the long-gestating film comes up short in rhythm and personality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film at times is more playful than illuminating, but it's also a handsomely crafted and boldly idiosyncratic contemplation of a great artist for whom political compromise was anathema.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Emotionally involving material is the key element to a good human-interest documentary, and Lipitz, a Baltimore native with a background in Broadway producing, has tapped into a great story here of adversity, struggle and elevating achievement.

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