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David Rooney

David Rooney
David Rooney's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Hollywood Reporter, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Variety

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
33% Live By Night (2017) The ... nagging hole in the thriller is Affleck himself, playing a tough guy with a sense of right and wrong, in a stolid performance that takes up a lot of space without packing the necessary gravitas. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 21, 2016
12% Collateral Beauty (2016) The finished movie plays ... concertedly like a Serious Acting Vehicle for Smith, who's the least interesting component in a madly over-qualified cast. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 13, 2016
79% Hairspray Live! (2016) The problem with delivering that timely message here was the absence of a star capable of selling Tracy's irrepressible spirit. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 8, 2016
61% Allied (2016) Plodding and pedestrian even in the technical magic that is a Zemeckis trademark, this is a case of a director out of his element with a script that fails to generate much heat. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 21, 2016
85% Their Finest (2017) Arterton brings grace and understatement to Catrin's gradual belief in herself and in the magic of movies, while Claflin reveals maturity and dry humor that will be a surprise for audiences who know him primarily from his Hunger Games role. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 17, 2016
50% Lazy Eye (2016) Kirkman's characters are not the least bit distinctive. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 7, 2016
79% By Sidney Lumet (2016) The abundance of clips here are deftly chosen and play remarkably well out of context. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 28, 2016
93% Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016) Lonny Price, one of the youthful original cast who believed that working with their idols meant they had made it, chronicles the show's creation in this lovingly assembled documentary. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 19, 2016
50% The Beat Beneath My Feet (2016) Music is very definitely an essential part of [director Williams'] storytelling toolbox, which gives the movie energy even when it lacks finesse. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2016
100% Hamilton's America (2016) Using sharp graphic animations that draw on period etchings, the film offers as much fodder for history and political students as it does for theater and music fans. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2016
45% Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) An absorbing character study, even if it's ultimately not one that justifies its much-vaunted technological advances. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 16, 2016
100% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2016) So gracefully does The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki sidestep the formulaic mold of struggle, perseverance and simple victory or defeat that it could almost be considered an anti-fight picture. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 12, 2016
92% 20th Century Women (2017) The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2016
93% Harry & Snowman (2016) Laced with captivating home movies and a wealth of archive footage from the 1950s and '60s... Davis' film is a disarming underdog story that doubles as an animal-rescue advocacy tool. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016
17% Brain on Fire (2016) We watch Chloe Grace Moretz's epic meltdown from a bored distance, until the drama remembers its lost calling as a disease-of-the-week movie. At that point, we receive the abrupt news of a cure with an indifferent shrug. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2016
80% Without Name (2016) If the narrative ultimately seems thin, not to mention somewhat familiar and formulaic, the quiet menace of an ancient natural world under threat is nicely modulated. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
89% Jackie (2016) Extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
63% City of Tiny Lights (2016) Engrossing, even if it doesn't quite measure up to its promise. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016
89% My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016) A sweetly subversive dig at the constricting codes of teen hierarchies, the sheep-like mentality of youth and the failures of the education system. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016
50% All I See Is You (2017) Blind boredom. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016
100% Tramps (2016) A small-scale work that owes its charm to the freshness, relaxed intimacy and unforced humor of its character interplay, and to the warm feel for the environments through which they move ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016
88% Lion (2016) As enthralling as it is emotional. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016
100% One More Time With Feeling (2016) What's most singular about the project is that in addition to providing access to the creative process and deepening the album experience, it serves as a profoundly affecting reflection on the pain of parents who have lost a child. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2016
46% The Bad Batch (2016) Running close to two hours, the movie is overlong and not without draggy patches, but it's sustained enough to keep you watching. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2016
86% Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Gibson's forceful comeback is a violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016
83% Una (2016) 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. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2016
98% Moonlight (2016) Glows like its title. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 3, 2016
100% Peter and the Farm (2016) Transfixing in its workplace detail and haunting in its harsh commentary on a solitary existence. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016
72% Nocturnal Animals (2016) The film once again demonstrates that Ford is both an intoxicating sensualist and an accomplished storyteller, with as fine an eye for character detail as he has for color and composition. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016
94% Arrival (2016) Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 1, 2016
89% Strike a Pose (2017) The smartly assembled film makes points that resonate in a world where fame is increasingly ephemeral and life after the celebrity window closes can get awfully cold. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 29, 2016
84% Star Trek Beyond (2016) The script injects a welcome strain of humor that's true to the original Gene Roddenberry creation, delivering nostalgia without stiff veneration. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 15, 2016
85% Christine (2016) Hall makes it impossible to look away from this portrait of a woman brought to the heartbreaking conclusion that she's beyond hope. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2016
73% Ghostbusters (2016) It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 10, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) This is an elliptical film that trusts its audience enough to peel away exposition and unnecessary dialogue, uncovering rich layers of ambiguity. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 6, 2016
97% The Fits (2016) A transfixing meditation on gender and self-discovery, distinguished by the dreamy beauty of its visual and movement-based storytelling. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2016
12% The Last Face (2016) [A] stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn ... ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 20, 2016
94% Gimme Danger (2016) Two seminal Stooges album titles - 'Fun House' and 'Raw Power' - give a solid indication of this film's appeal. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016
No Score Yet Wrong Elements (2016) Powerful subject matter examining experience almost too horrific to imagine trumps somewhat flaccid filmmaking in this first step into documentary for Franco-American author Jonathan Littell. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016
61% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016) Not an outstanding entry in the Dardennes' body of work, but poignant and very much worthwhile. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016
No Score Yet Wolf and Sheep (2016) Wolf and Sheep is an absorbing ethnographic docu-drama hybrid, marbled with a curious vein of phantasmagoric storytelling. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016
98% Hell or High Water (2016) A soulful outlaw tale with a socioeconomic perspective and a rich sense of place. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016
75% Mean Dreams (2016) And as the stakes are heightened, the filmmakers too often short-change dramatic verisimilitude with movie-ish cliché, implausible plotting and cumbersome dialogue. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2017) If the film is as disorderly in its structure as the messy family history it surveys, time spent with these wonderful subjects makes that seem sweetly appropriate. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
79% American Honey (2016) A road movie without a map that nonetheless arrives at a worthwhile destination. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016
86% The Transfiguration (2016) A quiet bite, but one that leaves its mark. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016
96% Neruda (2016) 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. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016
92% I, Daniel Blake (2016) While the framework and perspective are familiar, the veteran Brit director's films can still have the power to grip us in an emotional chokehold. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2016
71% Those People (2016) It's a well-made, solidly acted first feature with an easy-on-the-eyes cast. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2016
No Score Yet Little Boxes (2016) A tonally wishy-washy movie with conflicts that feel too constructed to ring true and humor that ranges from ineffectually low-key to forced. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 17, 2016