For 557 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Wonderstruck
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 557
557 movie reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film navigates an abrupt turn when it explores an elaborate untruth in the subject's own life. But while that shift could have been smoother and its conclusions more coherent, this is nonetheless intriguing stuff.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Gerard Johnstone, a first-time writer-director from New Zealand, demonstrates a sly command of deadpan humor along with an assured grasp of seasoned horror tropes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Unfolding like an espionage thriller but with a methodical journalistic skill at organizing a mountain of facts, the film raises stimulating questions about transparency and freedom of information in a world in which governments and corporations have plenty to hide.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Midnight Special confirms Nichols' uncommon knack for breathing dramatic integrity and emotional depth into genre material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Its powerfully visual storytelling delivers great rewards as the meditative drama moves into increasingly complex, at times confrontational territory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Thoughtful, melancholy drama.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Dave Grohl has more than clout in his corner in his terrifically entertaining documentary Sound City. He brings elements that can't be faked -- passion and heart -- to this lovingly assembled insider account of what it feels like to make real handcrafted rock music.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The comedy-drama hinges on the captivating dynamic between the two men, combining gentle humor and charm with a melancholy undercurrent of yearning.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Far from abandoning his trademark humor, however, the writer-director skillfully enlists it in the service of an emotional story, charting the heroine's journey from loss and torment to rediscovered strength and hope. Propelled by stellar performances and a script that resonates with intelligence, subtlety and surprises, this is by far Almodovar's best film in years.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    James D. Cooper’s rollicking film is a heady return to Swinging Sixties England at the height of the Mod explosion that’s packed with primo archival material and killer tunes. It’s also a vigorous testament to the rewards of creative collaboration, shining a spotlight on two highly unorthodox, self-invented rock entrepreneurs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama's stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humor and even joy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Dramatically pallid and unconvincing. Despite being written for her, the director's "Irma Vep" muse Maggie Cheung seems oddly miscast here and is ill-served by an emotionally underpowered screenplay that rarely gets beneath the surface of the character's problems.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Heaven Knows What is a strange film, at once distancing and transfixing. If it's not as impactful as it might have been considering the experiences portrayed, it has potent atmosphere and an admirable refusal to put any kind of gloss on the bleak reality of its limbo world.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Accomplished, emotionally involving film.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Over-plotted and at times incoherent but never dull, this is a stylishly designed, highly entertaining bloodbath full of offbeat comedy and inspired musical moments.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    After a terrific first hour that crescendos in an extended sequence of quiet yet potent white-knuckle suspense, the film loses some traction in the more challengingly paced second half. But it remains an engrossing reflection on radical violence and its fallout.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Told with captivating simplicity and yet richly cinematic, it combines ethnographic and spiritual elements in a haunting love story with classic undertones, affording a glimpse into a little-known culture.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film appears consistently poised to go deeper but instead hangs back, making it less substantial than it might have been. Yet the sweet-natured story's gentle humor and poignancy should draw appreciative audiences.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A fascinating process movie about acting and storytelling, but also a curious meta-contemplation of our own voyeuristic attraction to tragedy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, both of them exploring rewarding new dramatic range without neglecting their mad comedic skills.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Gritty and compelling as Monster is, the script's not entirely satisfying elaboration of the central relationship and Ricci's somewhat ungiving performance limit the material to that of a superior telemovie rather than something emotionally richer, like "Boys Don't Cry."
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While there are numerous dynamite performance clips, Berg's film is generally more revealing on a personal level than as an appreciation of her music.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    In the central role, Castellitto's powerfully focused performance manages to keep the complex drama grounded.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    While it's more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Alive with the magic of pictures and the mysteries of silence, this is an uncommonly grownup film about children, communication, connection and memory.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This slight but appealing film's funky eccentricity feels a little contrived at times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A spare neorealist drama that holds attention and emotional involvement with its deft balance of toughness and sensitivity.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    There's much to admire about Most Beautiful Island, with its highly original spin on the immigrant survival story and its compelling protagonist, whose fate remains raw, urgent and real even as she's pulled into outré movie-ish weirdness. Despite some missteps, there are enough strengths to mark this as a promising debut.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense.

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