For 557 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 3.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Wonderstruck
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 557
557 movie reviews
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Themes of courage, patriotism, faith and unwavering adherence to personal beliefs have been a constant through Gibson's directing projects, as has a fascination with bloodshed and gore. Those qualities serve this powerful true story of heroism without violence extremely well, overcoming its occasional cliched battle-movie tropes to provide stirring drama.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film's unhurried pace will target it for discerning audiences only, but its wry humor and coolly amused observation of contemporary Japan should score with smart urbanites.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The individual personalities that emerge in interviews both from back in 1981 and now, with the actors in their 50s, are often delightful, both funny and rueful.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The Fits is a lovely character portrait, abstract and yet highly evocative, given an other-worldly feel by deft use of slow-mo, sinuous tracking sequences and music that ranges from ambient drones to discordant strings and the percussive claps, clicks and stomps of the drill routines.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A richly textured drama with an angry poetic edge that gets inside the obsessive subculture of New York graffiti artists, Bomb the System signals the arrival of a talented filmmaker in NYU film graduate Adam Bhala Lough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A touching, old-fashioned charmer that ultimately satisfies.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    While the payoff could have used some extra punch, the teasing path that leads there is bewitching, with Lola Kirke serving as an enigmatic guide.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film’s quiet pleasures creep up on you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    After a terrific first hour that crescendos in an extended sequence of quiet yet potent white-knuckle suspense, the film loses some traction in the more challengingly paced second half. But it remains an engrossing reflection on radical violence and its fallout.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Una
    The film has a different though no less riveting intensity, thanks to Rooney Mara's emotionally naked performance in the title role, and unflinching support from Ben Mendelsohn.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This melancholy, insightfully scripted coming-of-age drama is moving without being manipulative and makes an assured calling card for writer-director Karen Moncrieff.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The doc's beautiful final sequence rips your heart out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    In the film’s exquisite handling of death as the ultimate – or in some cases the only – conduit for love, it arrives at an unmistakable final note of hope and renewal.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film at times is more playful than illuminating, but it's also a handsomely crafted and boldly idiosyncratic contemplation of a great artist for whom political compromise was anathema.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This taut adaptation of Brad Land's 2004 memoir is less a dramatized depiction of headline-grabbing hazing tragedies than a penetrating consideration of the psychology of violence and its role in defining manhood.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The tireless volley of ideas and inventions make this a delight that should connect with kids and adults in both dubbed and original-language versions.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An entertaining, deeply respectful assessment of the directors and actors who rode the countercultural wave of the 1970s.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Delves far more deeply into grisly physical manifestation than psychological motivation, making it seem something of an actorish vanity piece. But the drama is directed with arresting spareness and control.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Keeping exposition spare, Edmands’ storytelling displays a pleasing economy of means, and an empathetic handle on characters all flawed in one way or another, existing in self-imposed solitude.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Delivers continuous pinpricks of irreverent humor and subversive cultural commentary.
    • Variety
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    A darkly textured, powerfully suspenseful genre piece.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An eloquent expression of both unorthodox romance and bitter disillusionment with the hypocritical institutions of family and society.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Consummately crafted and stunningly shot in magnificent locations deep in Brazil's remote northeastern badlands, the film unapologetically courts the commercial curve of the international arthouse arena with its rustic exotica and sensory overload of poetic imagery, giving it something of a grandiose air.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Driven by soulful performances and by a genuine sense of wonder for the unpredictable permutations of love and family.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    An uplifting sense emerges of the resilience through community of youth who are marginalized, abandoned, isolated, bullied or sexually exploited.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Richly human in focus, the drama steadily cranks up its political and emotional charge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    There’s uncustomary warmth here and a sensitivity to the characters’ vulnerabilities that often is missing from this director’s work.

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