For 654 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 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Wonderstruck
Lowest review score: 10 Boat Trip
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 47 out of 654
654 movie reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Sticking close to the enduring classic's template while injecting plenty of freshness to give the follow-up its own distinct repro vitality, this lovingly crafted production delivers both nostalgia and novelty.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    It's a Frankenstein's monster. It lacks the captivating charms of Disney's live-action remakes of "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast," or the fabulous distraction of Angelina Jolie that kept the revisionist "Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent," semi-entertaining.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    This is in many ways a frustrating film, its commitment admirable but its execution chaotic.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    This navel-gazing epic is maddeningly distancing at almost every turn, lacking the spiritual and existential breadth of even Reygadas’ most impenetrable work. Running a prolix three hours, it feels like being trapped in somebody else’s crisis unfolding in real time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    If The Nightingale doesn’t quite fulfill the high expectations for Kent’s sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft, though in this case she could have used a script collaborator to address the weaknesses.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    For a movie about what’s going on under the elaborately staged surface, it’s pretty much all surface, right down to its shallow observations about gender fluidity, queer identity and the creative freedom of the alternate persona.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    It’s contrived at every turn and talky like a French film, though 100 percent American indie in its earnest conviction that it’s saying something of substance about the unpredictable roller coaster of life and love.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    If the movie’s slow burn seems to build toward a powerful release that doesn’t materialize, the sheer beauty of its craft and the heartfelt feeling behind every scene nonetheless command attention.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    As a portrait of bogus revolutionary rhetoric used to undermine and control women, it’s thoughtful and provocative.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    It's both a pulse-pounding depiction of the deadly attacks that shook Norway in 2011 and a sober investigation of the aftermath, evolving into a gripping courtroom drama and a tremendously emotional personal account of one family's struggle to move on.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    The insanely self-indulgent running time of two hours and 40 minutes and the tendency to undercut tension with fussy dialogue that continually draws attention to its cleverness make Zahler’s third feature a lot less fun than it seems to think it is.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    This is in many ways an abrasive, wildly uneven film — raw and deliberately unvarnished in style, shot by Benoit Delhomme with a nervous handheld camera and lots of wide-angle lenses that mirror the darting restlessness and the uneasy perspective of a troubled mind.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The remake is never uninteresting. But it begets the question of whether the slender thread of story about a coven of witches operating out of a famed Berlin dance academy can withstand all the narrative detail, social context and cumbersome subplots heaped onto it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The first-time director's grasp of pacing could be improved and the overlong movie can't quite sustain the energy and charm of its sensational start. But this is a durable tale of romance, heady fame and crushing tragedy, retold for a new generation with heart and grit.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The optimism of Inventing Tomorrow is quite uplifting, with dauntless teenage thinkers from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds working with resourcefulness and imagination to develop practical solutions to local eco threats.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    [Yorgos Lanthimos'] fabulously entertaining tragicomedy, The Favourite, is a juicy power tangle connecting three women in the royal court of early 18th-century England, played by a divine trio who bounce off one another with obvious relish.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    It’s a credit to the filmmakers and to lead actor Ryan Gosling’s thoughtfully internalized performance as Neil Armstrong that this sober, contemplative picture has emotional involvement, visceral tension, and yes, even suspense, in addition to stunning technical craft.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    It's both a relief and a pleasure to report that this high-gloss rom-com — based on the bestselling novel of a Singaporean author, directed by an Asian-American and featuring an all-Asian cast — is such a thoroughly captivating exploration of the rarefied question of whether true love can conquer head-spinning wealth.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    It's been made with genuine feeling and smooth professional craftsmanship.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    In his first narrative feature, documentary maker Jeremiah Zagar (In a Dream, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart) captures the feel of the novel with uncanny precision, notably in the visceral charge and physical heat of tightly wound bodies almost constantly moving in close proximity.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    This is a gentle, reflective portrait that seldom gets personal and yet somehow feels quite candid.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 David Rooney
    McQueen is a haunting story of extravagant talent and inescapable private sorrow, made with exquisite craftsmanship worthy of its subject. While a narrative biopic has been in development for years, this excellent documentary delivers an eye-popping, emotionally wrenching experience that paints a fully dimensional portrait of a complex artist.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 David Rooney
    Despite Barrett's careful attention to creating an unsettling mood of existential horror by loading the soundtrack with ambient dread, and his depiction of New York as a breeding ground for overstimulated instability, Brain on Fire just sits there, inert and uninvolving.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 David Rooney
    This is a self-satisfied exercise that's only occasionally as much fun as it thinks it is.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Observed with warmth and sensitivity, this is a rewarding coming-of-age drama that features terrific performances from two young newcomers in the central roles.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 David Rooney
    Its simplistic observation of romantic love in its purest form colliding with political, religious, familial and societal intolerance seems designed to speak clearly to teenage audiences experiencing similar struggles between identity and oppression. Those well-meaning intentions only take the film so far, however, and mature audiences will be left wishing for greater narrative complexity.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    Sauvage has its longueurs, at times seeming stuck in a circuitous groove with too little forward momentum. However, the movie is never banal. It's a fully inhabited world that pulls us in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 David Rooney
    The film becomes somewhat overplotted and a tad too clever for its own good as the frantic, farcical complications continue to pile up. But the cast across the board is engaging, mirroring the loose, limber touch of director Salvadori as he establishes order out of chaos and smoothes all the rough edges into a harmonious ending for everyone.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 David Rooney
    Large-scale filmmaking of this kind to some degree is probably always an adventurer's folly, with an unhinged visionary tilting at windmills in a valiant quest to tame fantasy and reality into companionable travelers that will live forever. But rarely have such brave deeds yielded so meager a reward.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    It's a riveting narrative, and even those not among Houston's more passionate fan base will find it an emotionally wrenching experience.

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