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 4.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Vera Drake
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 243
243 movie reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While it plays more like stage or TV sketch-comedy shtick than film material, this modest, visually unimposing production remains entertaining thanks to its ironic observations and winning sense of folly.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    An ultimately moving drama about a displaced people. But its emotional kick is muffled by long-windedness, sentimental overkill and an overpopulated character gallery.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Despite its crude, willfully naive style, this comedy of transgression, judgment and revenge becomes steadily more appealing as it progresses.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Sensitive direction and a touching performance from Emile Hirsch in the title role help counter some dramatic naivete and awkward, at times unintentional, humor in The Mudge Boy.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Middleton's polished writing and amusing observations about the anxieties most people encounter when definitively farewelling their youth help compensate for her standard-issue direction.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The material is at heart an intimate allegorical fairy tale about rarefied philosophical concerns.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The broad comedy is somewhat strained and obvious, and the hyper-real atmosphere encourages the cast to slice the prosciutto a little thickly. But the film's sweet-natured ingenuousness proves reasonably contagious.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While the premise has possibilities for some creepy, pulpy fun, writer-director Robert Parigi brings too little style or humor, instead going a more obvious, overwrought route.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Largely overcomes key cast weaknesses to deliver a jazzy, darkly textured rendering of the ghetto pulp of late African-American ex-con author Donald Goines.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Frequently hilarious but ultimately is a protracted one-joke affair that strays into undisciplined chaos.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Despite some hazy plot points, the tough, compelling drama comes together quite satisfyingly, standing alongside 1996's "The Funeral" as perhaps the most controlled and cohesive of Ferrara's uneven work of recent years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    A fairly sustained barrage of broad undergraduate humor and gross-out gags that should tickle young auds looking for unsophisticated laughs.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The film sways awkwardly back and forth between prickly humor and pathos, rarely ringing true in either register.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Superficial but entertaining new pic offers equal parts freshness and kitsch appeal set to a pulsating Latin soundtrack.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Signals a talented newcomer in writer-director John Simpson and boasts a gripping central performance from popular British comedian Lee Evans.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    What might have been a cinephile's wet dream turns out instead to be seductive, stimulating and sodden, in that order, in the three-chapter reflection on love and desire.
    • 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]
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A well-meaning but schematic drama about three generations of Chinese women in America.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    David Duchovny scores considerably higher as director than as screenwriter.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    While it has about as much depth and nuance as the bubblegum Sino-pop tunes that pepper its soundtrack, Formula 17 is a fresh, sweet-natured affair with an attractive young cast that should play to the gay-teen niche.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Despite a soulful leading performance from Max Minghella, pic feels insubstantial, echoing without equaling both the coolly ironic edge and heart of "Ghost World" and the incisive art-world outsider portrait of the director's docu feature, "Crumb."
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Aiming for unsettling atmosphere over character definition, the dawdling mystery thriller manages to flatten two protagonists that had far more depth in the novel.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Underproduced and compromised by an uneven script and a tendency to descend into melodrama, the DV-lensed feature nonetheless is well acted and directed with confidence.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A drama that steadily succumbs to self-conscious artiness, drunk on its own sense of contrived poetry and cloudy existential reflection.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    A bland road movie running on empty. It's depressing to see a deluxe cast wasted on such by-the-numbers material -- from predictable plot to fabricated Hallmark sentiment to strenuous milking of warm-and-fuzzy laughs from the irrepressible spirit of three women whose youth is behind them.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The whimsical ugly-duckling fable becomes more uneven as it proceeds, straining too hard to manufacture its quirky charms.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Meandering melodrama about gay relationships, friendship, loneliness and the elastic notion of family is considerably overlong and hampered by too many superfluous scenes.