For 388 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 388
388 movie reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    It was a given that this meeting of two iconoclastic directors would yield something far more unfettered and instinctive than conventional bio-drama. But the result borders on incoherence, providing few startling insights for aficionados and minimal illumination for the uninitiated.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While virtually everything that happens in this grown-up rom-com can be seen coming a mile off, Danish director Susanne Bier’s assured touch and warm regard for her characters make the film both pleasurable and satisfying.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Mandela is straightforward storytelling of a type that’s somewhat out of fashion, but ultimately no less stirring for it.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A model of poise and restraint, the film flows in a way that is deliberately undramatic, but made no less involving by the dreamy gentleness of its approach.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The Iceman is a vivid evocation of a remorseless sociopath sustaining a double life as a contract killer and devoted family man. Gritty, gripping and unrelentingly intense, Ariel Vromen’s film boasts richly detailed character work from an ideal cast.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Driven by soulful performances and by a genuine sense of wonder for the unpredictable permutations of love and family.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Story of a still-grieving widower and his two troubled teenage sons is distinguished by its emotional integrity, sustained mood of aching melancholy and superbly understated performances.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The Railway Man is well-acted and handsomely produced, but its honorable intentions are not matched with sustained emotional impact or psychological suspense.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Stylish, compelling crime caper full of smoothly navigated plot twists.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Given a lift by its folksy soundtrack of toe-tapping Ceili dance tunes, the film is handsomely produced and engaging enough, but never more than that due to a weak dramatic arc and soft conflicts in Nicholas Adams' script and to John Irvin's functional direction.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While it's a little shapeless and dramatically overwrought, the film remains entertaining thanks to its fascinating subject, sharp visuals and fiercely proud central performance.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    As an eco-political inquiry, the film is compelling even if its grounding in scientific fact could be more solid.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Light, thoroughly entertaining comedy;
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    The wistful pleasures are stretched awfully thin at almost two hours in a film that blurs the line separating self-irony from tiresome self-consciousness.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Wells directs the actors smoothly enough in individual scenes, but his work lacks the cohesiveness to really pull all the characters together and convey their shared past.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The film lacks the accompanying media spotlight that boosted the Moore release and therefore appears unlikely to reach beyond a liberal audience with an already vehement aversion to Fox News' partisan coverage.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Soberly and intelligently examines the fear, frustration, anxiety, animosity and boredom of waiting to advance into the terrifying other world that lies over the lip of the trenches.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Unclassifiable cult figure Takashi Miike's films invariably have their share of weirdness and perversity, but Gozu arguably outweirds all previous efforts in the prolific Japanese director's eclectic canon.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The material is at heart an intimate allegorical fairy tale about rarefied philosophical concerns.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The frequently confusing story does eventually pull together; but there's still a lack of any strong emotional center, and the character gallery remains over-populated.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    A lot of banality gets passed off here as profound thought. That and the somewhat self-conscious actors make it difficult to engage much with either character.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A dynamic breakout performance from Gina Rodriguez helps this rap-infused drama about a young Los Angeles Latina overcome its patchy storytelling.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film is absorbing on a scene-by-scene basis. But it connects the dots of Raymond’s life in a perfunctory way, without locating a fluid through-line or gaining emotional access to its elusive subject.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An ensemble drama laced with lighter moments that depicts the vitality, resilience and moral dilemmas of the people of Tel Aviv, the film is absorbing and at times moving.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Lent distinguishing heft by its roster of screen veterans, this gripping drama provides an absorbing reflection on the courage and cost of dissent.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Refreshingly devoid of flashiness or artificially pumped-up action, this consistently gripping, well-constructed police thriller… showcases a tightly controlled performance from Kurt Russell.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The brooding, well-constructed drama gets considerable mileage out of the schizoid twin dynamic.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film's transitions between periods are not entirely seamless and its discourse often becomes didactic. However, the depth and intelligence it brings to issues of black politics and sexuality could help carve an appreciative theatrical audience in upscale gay and/or urban niches.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Has a patched-together feel, and its aims as human drama, social documentary and vigilante movie are never quite reconciled.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Both Chastain and Farrell are resourceful, intelligent actors who can be riveting together moment to moment. But the disconcerting thing about Ullmann’s blandly handsome movie is that neither of these key characters comes fully into focus.

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