David Rooney

David Rooney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

Publications:
Hollywood Reporter , St. Louis Post-Dispatch , Variety
Total Reviews:
687

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
95% Housebound (2014) " A welcome return to quirky Kiwi horror comedy with a juicy payoff. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2014
75% Felony (2014) " Directed with contained intensity and sharp character observation by Matthew Saville, the brooding thriller covers familiar territory but does so with sustained tension and psychological complexity. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2014
91% The Cabin in the Woods (2012) " In order to subvert any popular form, entertainment first has to work on its own terms. Goddard and Whedon are too busy geeking out to bother with those requirements. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2014
94% Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films " Hartley's film is consistently entertaining, if somewhat one-note. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014
81% Bad Turn Worse (2014) " Lean, mean and highly watchable -- a genre exercise that introduces a promising directing team who already show considerable command of their craft. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014
95% Keep On Keepin' On (2014) " [A] lovingly made first-hand account. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2014
79% The Riot Club (Posh) " While the dark drama is never dull, its portrait of upper-crust entitlement run amok is seldom surprising either. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2014
82% Stop The Pounding Heart (2014) " A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect, Stop the Pounding Heart adopts fundaments of neorealism and cinema verite to consider issues of faith, family and personal conviction. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2014
0% The Forger " A contrived thriller that wraps a gritty Boston milieu redolent of a Dennis Lehane story around a sentimental heart, with a high-stakes art heist that belongs in a more robustly plotted Hollywood studio picture. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2014
No Score Yet Before We Go " A nice-looking package will only get you so far, and the insubstantiality of this actor-driven exercise makes it seem simultaneously modest and a vanity project. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2014
97% 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) " This won't be for everyone, but longtime Cave-men (and women) will be bewitched, along with a fair share of folks drawn in simply by the film's unique investigation into the mind of an artist. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2014
85% Kraftidioten (In Order of Disappearance) " In Order of Disappearance provides a wonderful vehicle for Stellan Skarsgard's stone-faced gravitas and calm intelligence. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2014
0% Kill Me Three Times (2014) " Squanders a talented cast, sharp visuals and spectacular locations on a grisly trail of mayhem that rarely yields much mirth. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2014
100% Beyond the Lights (2014) " Gina Prince-Bythewood's entertaining music-biz melodrama is no less satisfying for the familiarity of its soapy trajectory. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2014
71% A Little Chaos (2015) " This decently acted film is agreeable entertainment, even if it works better on a scene by scene basis than in terms of overall flow. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2014
50% The Keeping Room " What might have looked intriguing on paper appears to have been largely pared away in the artsy mannerisms and loaded silences of Brit director Daniel Barber's self-consciously elliptical treatment. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2014
67% Good Kill " Psychologically complex and unsettling ... " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
50% Pasolini " The result borders on incoherence, providing few startling insights for aficionados and minimal illumination for the uninitiated. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
100% Goodnight Mommy " This insidious tale of a mother-son bond gone haywire is squirm-inducing stuff. It has cult potential stamped all over it. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
87% The Skeleton Twins (2014) " Warm, funny, heartfelt and even uplifting, the film is led by revelatory performances from Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, both of them exploring rewarding new dramatic range without neglecting their mad comedic skills. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
20% Miss Julie " A ponderous, stately affair that lacks relevance and only acquires intermittent power. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
60% The Last 5 Years (2015) " There must have been some spark of inspiration that made director Richard LaGravenese believe this hermetic construct might benefit from the larger breathing space of screen treatment. But it doesn't. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2014
20% Cymbeline " Primarily, what this moody contemporary update does is expose the play as a second-rate Romeo and Juliet that just wasn't made for these times. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2014
74% The Boxtrolls (2014) " Stubbornly unappealing ... " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2014
33% 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
59% 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
93% 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
93% 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
86% 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
85% 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
96% Two Days, One Night (2014) " 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
21% The Captive " The director renders an already bogus story more preposterous by lathering it in portentous solemnity ... " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2014
92% 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
41% 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
69% 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
95% 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
81% 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
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