For 545 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 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Midnight Special
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 545
545 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The story in itself is first-rate. However, it’s the very measured handling that makes it distinctive.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The film is that rare modern horror movie that doesn’t simply fabricate its scares with the standard bag of postproduction tricks. Instead it builds them via a bracing command of traditional suspense tools... This is polished film craft.
    • 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
    • 50 David Rooney
    Even if the immediacy of the director's approach gives the material an electric charge, 100 minutes of it becomes monotonous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Charming character study.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The non-linear structure works extremely well, making the drama a bracing emotional roller coaster of feel-good/feel-bad turns.
    • 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
    • 70 David Rooney
    Fort Tilden, the debut feature co-written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, showcases a satirical voice so dyspeptic it’s almost endearing, never letting the abrasive lead characters – or anyone else for that matter – off the hook for their self-absorbed entitlement.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Harnessing the wizardry of 3-D IMAX to magnify the sheer transporting wonder, the you-are-there thrill of the experience, the film's payoff more than compensates for a lumbering setup, laden with cloying voiceover narration and strained whimsy.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A darkly textured, powerfully suspenseful genre piece.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 80 David Rooney
    This is an illuminating close-up on a vital cog in the moviemaking machine and a fresh perspective on key episodes in the birth of the New Hollywood.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While it's well acted and has strong moments on a scene-by-scene basis, the film lacks an emotional center, keeping the impact cool and diffuse where it should be affecting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    First-time director Justin Tipping's finesse with dialogue and story is less developed than his visual sense. But if the movie is over-reliant on slo-mo, voiceover and almost wall-to-wall music to drive scenes, its silky blend of lyricism with urban grit marks it as a promising debu
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.
    • 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]
    • Variety
    • 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
    • 100 David Rooney
    Crisply shot and edited, with effective use of Ashutosh Phatak’s graceful music, this is a powerful documentary that demands to be seen by as wide an audience as possible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There’s a masterfully light touch at work, both from the director and his two wonderful actors. They make this chamber piece lip-smacking entertainment, giving the dense text the semblance of more intellectual heft or sexual transgression than it ultimately contains.
    • 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
    This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit. It benefits from respect for the source material, enticing production values and a populous gallery of sharp character portraits from a delightful cast.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While Chronic is a depressing sit, it's a sobering window into the self-sacrifice and psychological strain of the caregiver, as well as a provocative contribution to the ongoing debate about humane assisted suicide.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A stylishly made but unyielding drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    In Mayer’s assured hands, a drama that could easily have become schematic instead pulses with urgency, longing and raw feeling, morphing smoothly in its final third into a lean thriller.
    • 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.

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