For 416 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 4.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 64
Highest review score: 100 Fire in Babylon
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 32 out of 416
416 movie reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Dexterously scripted, darkly humorous.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Charming character study.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Always interesting, frequently explosive, but also sprawling and unfocused.
    • 65 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
    A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Accomplished, emotionally involving film.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The maverick Japanese writer-director-actor known for his vicious set-pieces and macabre sense of humor eventually delivers some lip-smacking pleasures in the slow-ignition yakuza thriller Outrage Beyond.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film's appealing characters and amusing situations prevail over its general shortage of energy.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Despite an excessively meandering final act, the drama's three intertwined stories have a cumulative impact, their affecting sadness matched by meticulously composed visual poetry.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While the set-up of Megan Griffiths’ mellow comedy-drama is a little labored, the performances are so engaging and the characters so pleasurable to be around that it’s easy to forget the script’s flaws.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Crialese's first feature in his native Italy is a small but distinctive drama that displays a firm command of his cast, an arresting visual sense and an admirable avoidance of facile sentiment or cliche.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While the film feels slightly padded and might have been sharper in a tight, hourlong format, it's impossible not to be seduced by the joie de vivre of its subjects.
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Result hovers a little uncertainly between dark comedy and urban drama, but remains compelling thanks to its gritty narrative texture, nervous energy and loose, jumpy structure, which fit well with the DV-shot production's no-frills approach.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The intimately personal chronicle is more impressive for Famiglietti's disarming self-exposure than for any fully formed cinematic style or consistency of tone, but the modest production has a genuine, warm spirit.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    While another director might have imbued the story of a Sicilian boy awakened to his parents' involvement in child abduction with more emotional weight and thematic depth, Salvatores' classically illustrative treatment should open arthouse doors for the visually sumptuous production.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This is a fresh, spirited drama, charming and unpretentious. It mines a similar vein to recent Latino-themed pics such as "Raising Victor Vargas" and "Real Women Have Curves."
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    A big-hearted, exuberant, compassionate film with a wicked sense of humor and terrific songs performed by some preternaturally talented kids.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Elf
    Will Ferrell graduates to his first solo leading role with flying colors in Elf, a disarming holiday comedy about a clueless innocent who saves Christmas and fosters a renewed sense of family in his reluctant father.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Ambling drama shows an exasperating lack of economy and a weakness for diatribe dialogue, but becomes progressively more involving after a laborious start.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    While it tips its hat to screwball comedy, Puccini for Beginners owes more to contemporary sitcom. It also has way more in common with "Sex and the City" than "The L Word." None of that is entirely a bad thing in a film that never really soars but has enough breezy humor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    There are simply too many characters jostling for attention and too many competing plot strands in a not-quite-seamless marriage of hard-edged social realism with a lyrical novelistic overlay. That said, the film is rich in poignant moments and negotiates its frequent shifts from violence to gentleness to sorrow with sensitivity.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    The material is at heart an intimate allegorical fairy tale about rarefied philosophical concerns.

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