David Rooney

David Rooney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 76% of the time.

Publications:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Variety
Total Reviews:
649

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
100% Pelo malo " 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
88% 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
70% God Help the Girl " An indie musical that feels like one long B-side." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2014
80% 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
80% 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
83% Lilting " Delicate and unhurried almost to a fault, though also hauntingly sexy and even humorous at times." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 17, 2014
58% 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
13% 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
18% 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
90% 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
51% 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
91% 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
80% 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
46% 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
83% 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
81% 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
68% 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
—— 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
67% The Sacrament (2014) " A bone-chilling genre piece about religious fanaticism taken to deadly extremes." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2013
—— 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
—— You Are Here " This sorry misfire will provide enjoyment only for rival television creatives invidiously rooting for Matthew Weiner to stumble." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2013
65% 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
94% 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
73% Begin Again (2014) " The film's quiet pleasures creep up on you." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2013
91% Locke (2014) " A virtuoso narrative and technical experiment that doesn't stint on dramatic complexity or heart." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2013
31% Adore (2013) " Despite her accomplished cast, French director Anne Fontaine summons neither the dramatic heft nor the humor to put across this absurd forbidden-love scenario." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
75% Night Moves (2014) " An engrossing reflection on radical violence and its fallout." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2013
32% A Teacher (2013) " A short, sharp burst of concentrated character-based storytelling that builds considerable emotional intensity." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 26, 2013
71% Paradise: Faith (2013) " Austrian iconoclast Ulrich Seidl delivers one of his more challenging tracts in this screwy reflection on religious devotion." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 19, 2013
89% La Vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur) (2014) " Roman Polanski is in playfully perverse form with this nimble pas de deux adapted from David Ives' stage hit." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 15, 2013
93% This Is Martin Bonner (2013) " Rigorously subdued in performance and tone, this low-key character portrait is distinguished by its empathetic honesty." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 31, 2013
98% Blackfish (2013) " his gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species -- and by extension any wild animal -- in captivity for the purposes of human entertainment." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 16, 2013
60% Arcadia (2013) " The characters overall lack definition, and the writer-director is only moderately successful at accessing the pathos of a story that should be steeped in it." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 8, 2013
51% White House Down (2013) " There's scant originality here, but witnessing America's hearth and home under siege still brings an emotional frisson to the silly thrills." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 26, 2013
62% Byzantium (2013) " Neil Jordan interviews a whole new set of vampires but draws precious little blood." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 24, 2013
75% Out in the Dark (2013) " The love between a well-heeled gay Israeli lawyer and a struggling Palestinian student serves to examine harsh realities in both communities in Michael Mayer's textured drama." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 19, 2013
40% Only God Forgives (2013) " A menacingly atmospheric mood piece that will not disappoint devotees of the Nicolas Winding Refn church of fetishistic hyper-violence." — Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 23, 2013
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