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David Rooney

David Rooney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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
79% 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
96% 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
6% The Last Face "[A] stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn ... " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 20, 2016
100% Gimme Danger "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 "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
58% The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) "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 "Wolf and Sheep is an absorbing ethnographic docu-drama hybrid, marbled with a curious vein of phantasmagoric storytelling. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016
100% 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
No Score Yet Mean Dreams "And as the stakes are heightened, the filmmakers too often short-change dramatic verisimilitude with movie-ish clichĂ©, implausible plotting and cumbersome dialogue. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016
No Score Yet Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds "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
64% American Honey "A road movie without a map that nonetheless arrives at a worthwhile destination. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016
80% The Transfiguration "A quiet bite, but one that leaves its mark. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016
100% Neruda "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
86% I, Daniel Blake "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 "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
100% Kicks (2016) "If the movie is over-reliant on slo-mo, voiceover and almost wall-to-wall music to drive scenes, its silky blend of lyricism with urban grit marks it as a promising debut. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 17, 2016
74% Baskin (2016) "[Baskin] offers little in the way of narrative involvement or scares but doesn't stint on sustained, stylized revulsion. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 7, 2016
100% Under The Shadow "Anvari deftly builds and sustains tension throughout, crafting a horror movie that respects genre conventions (right down to the safe/not safe ending), while firmly establishing its own distinctive identity. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2016
80% Chronic "Any comment on the total commitment of Tim Roth's performance as a palliative care worker in Chronic seems inadequate to describe the intense degree to which the actor loses himself. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 18, 2016
48% Genius (2016) "The story of Perkins' collaboration and friendship with Wolfe remains stubbornly resistant both to drama and emotion. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 16, 2016
71% The Patriarch (Mahana) "The Patriarch aims for classical screen storytelling, but the result, while entertaining for a time, becomes clunky and predictable, its sentimentality amplified by awkward incorporation of songs into the lush score. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 14, 2016
83% Midnight Special (2016) "Nichols' screenplay expertly peels away exposition and drops us in a story already in motion, with scenes set up to infer one situation only to reveal another via meticulously parceled out fragments of information. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2016
88% Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016) "Jia Zhang-ke's... exploration of change, loss and regret has never felt more personal than in Mountains May Depart. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 10, 2016
23% Zoolander 2 (2016) "The imbecilic charms of a character that began as TV sketch material are too often misplaced in this wildly over-plotted, under-energized action comedy, plumped to bursting point with celebrity cameos. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 10, 2016
43% Looking for Grace "Brooks generally is so bewitched by her characters' opacity that they remain frustratingly remote, even in the rare moments when they open up, diminishing the sorrow of the final-act tragedy. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 4, 2016
55% 4th Man Out (2016) "The strained humor of straight dudes exhibiting girlfriend behavior is a long way from the unselfconscious charms of, say, the Magic Mike movies. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 3, 2016
No Score Yet The Land (2016) "An at-risk youth movie we've seen many times before in more authentic versions. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2016
100% Uncle Howard "A tribute made all the more affecting by its quiet, contemplative approach. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2016
No Score Yet As You Are "First-time writer-director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's plotting could be more muscular, but the film shades its confused tangle of friendship, love and desire with atmosphere, intimacy and a lingering sense of outsider yearning. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 27, 2016
75% Kiki (2016) "With a simple eloquence that never gets preachy, it makes the point that the gay marriage movement was driven by the white middle class, while the marginalized transgender community remains largely unrepresented. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2016
100% Little Men (2016) "A deceptively small movie that sneaks up and slays you with its emotional authenticity. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2016
97% Sing Street (2016) "A rite-of-passage romance wrapped in a let's-make-a-band scenario, the disarming film colors its social realism with the kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy often found in a four-minute music video. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2016
79% Indignation (2016) "A warmly satisfying screen translation of a work by an author who has rarely been served well on film. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2016
93% Kate Plays Christine "This absorbing docu-drama hybrid works equally well as detached case study and revealing performance piece. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2016
55% The Hollars (2016) "This one is straight out of the old-school Sundance manual. Still, there's enough warmth, humor and heart in the very slick package, not to mention a gaggle of accomplished and well-cast actors ... " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016
93% Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016) "A lovingly assembled appreciation of the key transitional album in the late artist's career. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016
85% Christine "A movie that initially struggles to define what it wants to be, but gets there eventually. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016
82% Goat "A harsh but gripping study in uncontrolled male aggression. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2016
42% The Free World "Watchable leads elevate a downbeat story that takes its time to ignite. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2016
77% Yosemite (2016) "The movie succeeds on its own quiet terms, binding the three parts together with assurance and tonal consistency to cast a lingering spell. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 7, 2016
96% Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015) "Even if the film could be accused of lacking subtlety and overloading on whimsy, it spreads a sobering message in a lucid story that remains visually alive and inventive throughout -- its aesthetic keeps constantly shifting yet remains fluid. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 30, 2015
91% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) "Berg does paper illuminating personal observations throughout, before landing a satisfying emotional punch at the end. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 16, 2015
80% Bloodline: Season 1 (TV, 2015) "The talent on the roster is impressive indeed, and the Netflix full-season delivery model seems fortuitous in that Bloodline, on the basis of this sampling, begs to be binge-watched. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 12, 2015
73% Miles Ahead (2016) "Its freeform riffs on highs and lows from the musician's life are a fine example of structure emulating the ever-evolving style of an artist defined by unrelenting experimentation. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 12, 2015
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) "[A] numbingly idiotic vampire yakuza tale. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2015
85% The Walk (2015) "The film's payoff more than compensates for a lumbering setup, laden with cloying voiceover narration and strained whimsy. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2015
9% Stonewall (2015) "Not the most imaginative or politically trenchant retelling, but entertaining and at times quite moving. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2015
43% Heroes Reborn: Season 1 (TV, 2015-2016) "Right now, it's big and busy and slickly packaged but dramatically diffuse and a little soapy in its portentousness. That probably makes it unsuitable for grownups. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2015
No Score Yet Paulina (La patota) "Driven by a powerfully internalized performance from Dolores Fonzi as the title character, Paulina eschews straightforward answers in favor of questioning observation. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2015
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