For 243 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 4.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Capote
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 243
243 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A delightful experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Delightful coming-of-age comedy-drama.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Audience patience undergoes a far more brutal butchering than anything onscreen in Delphine Gleize's wildly over-reaching feature debut, Carnage.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Charming character study.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Working predominantly in English for the first time, the French director has crafted an absorbing tale about the merging of fiction with reality, propelled by contrasting performances from Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A darkly textured, powerfully suspenseful genre piece.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Hurt give compelling performances... But the coldly unrewarding drama is as distant and joyless as its protagonist, representing a disappointment for director Richard Kwietniowski.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A Thanksgiving family reunion comedy that sparkles with acerbic wit, original characters and genuine heart.
    • 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]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The well-structured film goes beyond issues of sexuality, giving nuanced consideration to broader questions of love and loss, family and friendship, trust, lies and deception.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film's chief shortcoming is perhaps its failure to convey a stronger, more atmospheric sense of the repressive 1970s Catholic school environment that breeds the titular boys' rebellion and wild flights of fancy.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Numerous filmmakers have attempted to dramatize the terrorist activity that gripped Italy in the 1970s, but few have done so with the unsettling power of Marco Bellocchio's Good Morning, Night.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A tortured reflection on the complex relationship between love, sex, desire and obsession, distinguished by courageously raw performances from leads Mark Rylance and Kerry Fox.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Writer-director Douglas McGrath's boldest stroke is to impose a more overtly gay interpretation on a central relationship in which the attraction was generally supposed to be unspoken.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An emotionally potent story told with great dignity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Leads Jean-Pierre Bacri and Emilie Dequenne establish an awkward yet tender odd-couple dynamic, their accomplished work serving to distinguish the familiar material.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Delves far more deeply into grisly physical manifestation than psychological motivation, making it seem something of an actorish vanity piece. But the drama is directed with arresting spareness and control.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Problematically structured, overly protracted and lacking in narrative fluidity.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Ochsenknecht and Wohler are a strong double act, displaying exemplary comic timing and making the brothers a problem-plagued but likable pair.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A thoughtful, melancholy story of love, loss, pain, betrayal and the lingering after-effects of tragedy, The Door in the Floor is an intelligent, impeccably acted, unsentimental drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Its honest, unshowy performances and textured depiction of life in a working-class community in a nowhere Southern Illinois town make this modest indie feature an affecting experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Consistently fascinating material provides an uncommonly eloquent, provocative statement against globalization that's sure to stimulate thinking audiences.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Lapses into melodramatic self-importance and gratuitous stylistic flourishes that take the audience out of the action -- are outweighed by the steadily amplified emotional power of this ultimately moving drama.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An entertaining, deeply respectful assessment of the directors and actors who rode the countercultural wave of the 1970s.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    While it could have used a punchier final act that distilled its themes more cogently and conclusively, this intelligently scripted drama about power and its many channels nonetheless delivers thanks to Stettner's stylish visual sense and, most of all, to the smart, commanding performances of leads Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Small but charming film.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The two appealingly played central characters and the film's enjoyable evocation of the 1970s and '80s keep it buoyant and diverting.