David Rooney

David Rooney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Hollywood Reporter , St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Variety
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
40% Last Weekend (2014) " This first feature from co-directors Tom Dolby and Tom Williams is too muted in its catharsis and too overcrowded with superfluous characters to be fully satisfying, but the delicate central performance keeps it watchable." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 29, 2014
57% Around The Block (2014) " Every single development in the Wood family's plot trajectory is telegraphed, and these actors deserve to be in a less emotionally bogus drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 29, 2014
65% Finding Fela! (2014) " An absorbing if not quite definitive patchwork of the life and legacy of an unorthodox artist." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 29, 2014
100% Pride (2014) " A bitterly divisive strike in Margaret Thatcher's Britain fosters an unlikely union of solidarity between embattled mineworkers and militant gays in this rousing true story." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 10, 2014
92% The Case Against 8 (2014) " The Case Against 8 remains a powerful advocacy film as well as one of historical record." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 3, 2014
73% Bluebird " Despite threatening to overload on melancholia, the modest film maintains emotional integrity through to its final note of hope." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 25, 2014
59% Hellion (2014) " While the film is absorbing and not without pathos, there's insufficient insight or shape to the screenplay, which drifts between Hollis and Jacob without building momentum." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 9, 2014
85% Borgman (2014) " While the film ultimately is not as satisfying as it promises to be for much of the duration, it remains bracingly creepy and off-kilter." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 2, 2014
86% Cold in July (2014) " Mickle's bracing sense of style and cinematographer Ryan Samul's moody visuals keep it gripping until the final bullet is fired." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2014
97% We Are the Best! (2014) " Funny and frank in its observations, the film is a delightful snapshot of female friendship at that age, from the giddy highs to the melancholy funks, from the sustaining bonds to the jealousies and stinging betrayals." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 27, 2014
94% Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night) " Specialists in unvarnished intimacy, the Dardenne brothers add another clear-eyed contemplation of stark social reality to their impressive output." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 20, 2014
100% It Follows " Canny manipulation of tone, atmosphere and tension makes this a satisfying little horror movie." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2014
15% The Captive " The director renders an already bogus story more preposterous by lathering it in portentous solemnity ..." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2014
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " While it's more dramatically diffuse than the reboot and lacks a definitive villain, the new film is shot through with a stirring reverence for the Marvel Comics characters and their universe." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2014
100% Bad Hair (2014) " This miniaturist mosaic provides tender insight into a complicated mother-son relationship." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 17, 2014
40% Cesar Chavez (2014) " While the film's old-fashioned virtues and the integrity of its subject matter give it some traction, pedestrian handling, a lumpy script and some significant miscasting mean it only occasionally summons the dramatic power to match the events it depicts." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 24, 2014
89% Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2014) " It's all very well to toy with genre elements by making incongruous aesthetic and tonal choices and adding an offbeat sensibility. But the director still needs to make us care about his characters." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2014
74% God Help the Girl (2014) " An indie musical that feels like one long B-side." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
81% The Broken Circle Breakdown (2013) " Invigorating musical elements and the lead actors' potent chemistry can't entirely protect this tragic relationship drama from its encroaching shortage of subtlety." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
100% The Overnighters (2014) " A scenario with present-day echoes of "The Grapes of Wrath" yields perceptive insights into the way we view outsiders." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2014
79% The Raid 2 (2014) " There are tradeoffs with the switch to a more epic, ambitious canvas, but Gareth Evans' action sequel in most ways that count is an even more masterful jolt of high-energy genre filmmaking." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2014
99% Gloria (2014) " Funny, melancholy and ultimately uplifting, Sebastian Lelio's enormously satisfying spell inside the head and heart of a middle-aged woman never puts a foot wrong." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 21, 2014
96% Lilting (2014) " Delicate and unhurried almost to a fault, though also hauntingly sexy and even humorous at times." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
59% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " The restrained intensity of Idris Elba's performance as Nelson Mandela ennobles this ambitiously sprawling biopic." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 24, 2013
14% 47 Ronin (2013) " The eagerness of the major studios to cozy up to Asian markets yields awkward results in 47 Ronin, a lumpy 3D epic from Universal that fuses Japanese historical legend with generic CGI-heavy action fantasy." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 23, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " An infectious blast of funky jazz played by a terrific cast and a director at the top of their respective games." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 4, 2013
17% Twice Born (2013) " Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch play ill-matched - in every sense - lovers in Sergio Castellitto's misguided romantic melodrama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2013
90% Paradise: Hope (2013) " The lightest and best part of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy about three women chasing elusive rewards, the film concludes this often distancing enterprise on an uncharacteristically compassionate note." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 2, 2013
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014) " A fond farewell to a Broadway Baby as she closes a door on her remarkable career... at least for now." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 23, 2013
49% Carrie (2013) " More effective and less overblown than many unnecessary horror remakes, but it can't compare with the original." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2013
63% Broadway Idiot (2013) " For theater geeks, a key interest will be getting rare access to witness how a complex production comes together." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 9, 2013
50% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " Audiences willing to tune in to its blend of surreal fantasy, droll comedy and poignancy will be rewarded." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2013
11% Argento's Dracula 3D (2013) " Utterly lacking in imagination or suspense, this inane effort is strictly for hardcore Argento cultists." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 30, 2013
89% Le Week-End (2014) " A finely matched Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan explore the wrinkles of marriage with humor and honesty." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2013
49% Thanks For Sharing (2013) " A compassionate and frequently funny look at sex addiction that rolls out too many pat developments to muster much depth." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2013
50% A Single Shot (2013) " Its protagonist hits an unplanned target, but this increasingly risible mishmash misses at almost every turn." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2013
73% Young & Beautiful (Jeune Et Jolie) (2014) " A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2013
93% Jiao you (Stray Dogs) " The director's austere minimalism has always been suspended between the mesmerizing and the distancing, and in his latest feature, the concentration on elliptical observation, mood and texture signals an almost complete rejection of narrative." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
81% Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm) " Ponderous, overwrought and more than a little pretentious, with a brooding self-seriousness that at times veers into camp." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
36% Child Of God (2014) " There's a weird purity to the storytelling even at its untidiest, which enables Franco to remain true to the spirit of McCarthy's vernacular lyricism." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
86% Joe (2014) " Where it really works is in Cage's bone-deep characterization of a man at war with himself, as tightly leashed as the badass bulldog that guards his house." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
83% Tracks (2014) " A journey of arduous physical challenges and incalculable spiritual rewards is evocatively rendered in this superb adaptation." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
66% One Chance (2014) " An utterly formulaic but sweet movie that does what a crowd-pleaser is meant to do." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2013
76% Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) " Supermensch is very much a celebration. But Gordon comes across as a refreshingly candid man who feels no compulsion to varnish the truth." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2013
63% The Sacrament (2014) " A bone-chilling genre piece about religious fanaticism taken to deadly extremes." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2013
76% Lucky Them (2014) " A minor-key film distinguished by fine performances from Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church, and an unexpectedly poignant payoff." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2013
64% August: Osage County (2013) " An entertaining adaptation, delivering flavorful rewards in some sharp supporting turns that flank the central mother-daughter adversaries." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 10, 2013
8% Are You Here (2014) " This sorry misfire will provide enjoyment only for rival television creatives invidiously rooting for Matthew Weiner to stumble." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2013
66% The Railway Man (2014) " A former P.O.W.'s extraordinary story gets a plodding retelling in Jonathan Teplitzky's poorly-structured drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " This is a full-bodied characterization that will take McConaughey's already impressive career regeneration several steps further." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2013
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