For 11 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 36% higher than the average critic
  • 0% same as the average critic
  • 64% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 5.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

Average review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Transparent: Season 3
Lowest review score: 40 Hairspray Live!
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
11 tv reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    Season three of Jill Soloway's groundbreaking Transparent may turn out to be its funniest and most soulful yet. The head-on collision of self-absorbed entitlement with yearning solitude that has defined the fractious Pfeffermen clan from the start still sets off sparks of merciless hilarity, but it's the poignancy of their interconnected dysfunction that makes the show so compelling.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Unhurried but amply rewarding, Olive Kitteridge is an all-around class act and a credit to everyone concerned.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Chalk up another forceful punch with Bloodline, a riveting, superbly cast slow-burn family drama set between the oceanfront paradise and the murky mangrove swamps of the Florida Keys.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    For such a volatile character, Latifah gives a refreshingly restrained performance, and her commanding stillness imbues gravitas into a number of key scenes. She conveys Smith's toughness and earthy sensuality, keeping the demons that drive her forward or nudge her toward self-destruction largely internalized.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    If the film is as disorderly in its structure as the messy family history it surveys, time spent with these wonderful subjects makes that seem sweetly appropriate.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    To longtime fans, much of this material and many of the anecdotes will be familiar. But folded together in this wide-ranging assembly they make for an emotional appreciation of a singular artist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The thematic through-line is there, but could have benefited from more focused exploration. Still, there's something to be said for letting the photographers tell their own unvarnished stories, which makes this intermittently powerful series a valuable addition to studies of war journalism.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    It's disappointing that this is a diverting curio rather than a deep plunge into the cold waters of obsession.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Rather than a self-portrait, this is a scrupulously processed diptych.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    Right now, it's big and busy and slickly packaged but dramatically diffuse and a little soapy in its portentousness. That probably makes it unsuitable for grownups.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    It's a serious problem when secondary characters in a musical far outshine the leads ... The imbalance turned what has always been a tremendously entertaining musical into a lumbering vehicle, made worse by awkward '60s-style "live" commercials and deadening segues to an over-enthusiastic Darren Criss with the studio audience.

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