For 561 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 3.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Flower of My Secret
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 561
561 movie reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    There's a beautiful, multi-tiered exchange among artists happening in Junun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Exhaustively informative and powerfully emotional.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film is anchored by incisive characterizations rich in integrity and heart, and by an urgent simplicity in its storytelling that's surprisingly powerful.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Almost as much an art piece as a film, this playful Prohibition-era tale is visually inventive and initially amusing but, at feature length, becomes somewhat wearing in its cacophonous eccentricity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Alternately haunting, inspiring and dreamily meditative, this is a visually majestic film of transfixing moods and textures.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Exhaustively tracking the five-year battle to overthrow California’s ban on same-sex marriage, they distill the dense legal process into a lucid narrative while illuminating the human drama of the plaintiffs, and by extension, the countless gay men and lesbians they represent.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There’s uncustomary warmth here and a sensitivity to the characters’ vulnerabilities that often is missing from this director’s work.
    • 78 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A highly accomplished, compact feature, which, while it may be light on depth, is rich in humor, rhythm, energy and inventiveness.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The filmmakers' reluctance to over-explain character motivations has mostly kept their films out of the mainstream and will continue to do so here, but there's no shortage of impressions that resonate. And the performances of both Reynolds and Mendelsohn are fortified with deep feeling, working in admirable tandem.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Wild Tales opens and closes with a bang, and at its best is a riotously funny and cathartic exorcism of the frustrations of contemporary life.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The unselfconscious naturalness of the nonprofessional cast yields no shortage of sharply observed moments.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Joyously re-creates the brief but resplendent reign of the legendary freakadelic drag troupe.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There's admirable frankness, intelligence and sensitivity here. Additionally, the film is a thoughtful, funny reflection on the gains and losses of growing old.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There's never a false note in the performances of Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten, who make ideal accomplices for the talented writer-director.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This is a looser, grittier film than their work of late, and while it’s more successful in the sequences of bold theatricality than in the faux-cinéma vérité of the surrounding scenes, the mix is nonetheless an interesting one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Visually, intellectually and emotionally, McDonagh’s film is one to savor.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Keep On Keepin' On is both tender and joyous, a moving account of the mutual nourishment of artistic mentorship and the rewards of accentuating the positive in whatever life throws at you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    It shows Audiard once again drawn to resilient people in punishing situations, and its arc from the opening images of death to its final notes of hope and wholeness is quite moving.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Tonal inconsistency, lethargic pacing and a shortage of fresh insight dilute the storytelling efficacy of this quartet of loosely interconnected episodes involving ordinary people pushed over the edge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    A riveting first feature of startling maturity and intelligence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Amusing but slight, the small-scale film is elevated by a spirited characterization from Geoffrey Rush as mercurial artist — is there any other kind in movies? — Alberto Giacometti.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    This is a beautifully crafted work and an acute evocation of its period both in look and attitude, and it’s no less deeply absorbing for being somewhat muted in tone.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Richly human in focus, the drama steadily cranks up its political and emotional charge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While the strong ensemble cast is Their Finest's most valuable asset, the movie also looks quite handsome on what appears to be a modest budget, and includes some delightful glimpses of how screen effects were achieved way back in those handcrafted days.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Endowed with captivating simplicity, gentle humor, rich humanity and infectious generosity of spirit.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show about a Motown trio's climb to crossover stardom pulls off the fundamental double-act those three musical pics all missed: It stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Propelled by Mads Mikkelsen’s shattering performance as the blameless man whose life threatens to be destroyed, the film is superbly acted by a cast that never strikes a false note or softens the impact with consolatory sentiment.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This melancholy, insightfully scripted coming-of-age drama is moving without being manipulative and makes an assured calling card for writer-director Karen Moncrieff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There’s a light touch in evidence, balancing the bleakness with odd lyrical moments and unexpected humor and tenderness that infuse the gentle drama with a bracing freshness.

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