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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
No Score Yet Oray (2018) A complex consideration of the tricky byways of devout faith, driven by a powerful central performance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
30% Chicuarotes (2019) An exhausting misfire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
100% A Sun That Never Sets (Fire Will Come) (O Que Arde) (2019) Takes time to ignite but sparks a powerful blaze. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
92% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is uneven, unwieldy in its structure and not without its flat patches. But it's also a disarming and characteristically subversive love letter to its inspiration. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
64% Frankie (2019) Alongside the magnetic Isabelle Huppert in a role that draws with equal grace from her well of dry humor, flinty intelligence, diva hauteur and internalized sorrow, there are affecting moments to savor also from... a solid ensemble cast. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
100% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) An affecting portrait of sisterhood divided. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
98% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers confirms his instant reputation as a master of the New England Gothic with this claustrophobic second feature. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
100% 5B (2019) A moving study in courage and compassion, albeit with some heavy-handed touches. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
82% Port Authority (2019) Port Authority is a little fragile in terms of its narrative skeleton, at times tending to idle in place when it ought to be moving forward, but the film's characters and world are drawn with immersive engagement, and the mood is transfixing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Staggering Girl (2019) Haute couture connoisseurs may swoon, but anyone sifting for meaning in the oblique fragments of Michael Mitnick's screenplay will find fewer rewards. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
90% Rocketman (2019) It's largely to the credit of star Taron Egerton, who leans fearlessly into the role's wild excesses, that the movie remains airborne. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% Sorry We Missed You (2019) A drama of such searing human empathy and quotidian heartbreak that its powerful climactic scenes actually impede your breathing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
91% You Don't Nomi (2019) You Don't Nomi makes a compelling case that the much-maligned pop-culture landmark can be judged as either tawdry rubbish or subversive comic triumph. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) The filmmaker's overstuffed visual imagination and appetite for sinister gloom all but trample the enchantment of a tale that, at heart, is simple and whimsical. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
89% Saint Frances (2019) The film has enough modest charms to connect with audiences similarly navigating the bridge between youthful detachment and grounded adulthood. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Goldie (2019) Suspension between can-do spirit and come-down reality pumps blood into the irrepressible heart of this scrappy tale, along with the natural charisma of model Slick Woods, making a disarming feature debut in the title role. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% Flesh Out (2019) Lead actor Deiche, drawing on her own experience, conveys the internal conflict slowly building in Verida, communicating mostly with her expressive eyes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
40% Farewell to the Night (L'Adieu a la nuit) (2019) Oddly ineffectual considering the explosive subject matter. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet All My Loving (Geschwister) (2019) Has as much teeth and personality as a gummy bear. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
100% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) Probably too subdued for genre fans and too psychologically thin for those with artier inclinations, the low-key mood piece nonetheless has enough ambiguity to keep you watching. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Hellhole (2019) The film withholds as much as it divulges. But it also contains surprising moments of raw feeling, and not just through the actors, all of whom are fully committed to Devos' indirect approach. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
81% Mr. Jones (2019) [A] riveting core story is bookended by anesthetizing bloat, in a densely cluttered treatment by first-time screenwriter Andrea Chalupa that simply doesn't know when to make a point and move on. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
44% The Operative (2019) Writer-director Yuval Adler connects the dots of the convoluted plot with reasonable clarity, but The Operative only intermittently builds suspense. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
82% Light of My life (2019) A respectable debut, with more depth of feeling than originality. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
90% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) The capable actors do what they can, but audiences are more likely to glaze over than share the qualities of mercy and compassion so dutifully stitched into this diagrammatic patchwork. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
86% Top End Wedding (2019) The traditional Tiwi love song heard in the final scenes and the joyous faces of the locals - mixing trained actors with nonprofessionals - make the destination warmly satisfying, even if it's sometimes a rough ride getting there. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
91% The Sharks (2019) Garibaldi strips conventional plotting down to the bone, a process mirrored by her skilled use of the wide-open physical spaces exposing her young protagonist's intensely private world. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
76% Halston (2019) A roller coaster of fabulousness and folly only marginally compromised by its excessive length and fussy structural gimmicks. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
69% Official Secrets (2019) A straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion even if it lacks much in the way of stylistic verve. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
88% Light From Light (2019) Modest in scale but rich in sensitivity, this is an unassuming film, made all the more transfixing by its defining delicacy and understatement. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
60% The Sound of Silence (2019) Deftly balances the cerebral with the soulful in a story of transfixing originality. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
81% The Lodge (2019) While the filmmakers' control of mood, menacing atmosphere and unsettling spatial dynamics remains arresting, their story sense grows shaky in a chiller that starts out strong but becomes meandering and repetitive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
100% Clemency (2019) A measured advocacy drama with the capacity to change minds. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
54% Wounds (2019) Voracious genre consumers should get off on trying to decipher the densely textured film's murky ambiguities. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
89% The Souvenir (2019) Piercing, personal and entirely distinctive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
70% The Wolf Hour (2019) Second-rate Polanski fodder that crawls along with not much force beyond the neurotic protagonist's simmering dread and the vague menace of an intermittently buzzing intercom with no one there. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
94% One Child Nation (2019) A startling account of collective trauma. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
91% I Am Mother (2019) An uncommonly ambitious feature debut with impressive design work, sharp visual effects, a fabulous A.I. creation and a compelling lead performance from talented Danish newcomer Clara Rugaard. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
100% The Farewell (2019) A warmly satisfying family affair. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
89% Adam (2019) [A} sweetly subversive movie, which represents a step forward in representation simply via the fact that it's directed by a trans filmmaker and features trans actors in the appropriate roles. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
91% Give Me Liberty (2019) Made on a micro-budget with lots of invigorating rough edges, this distinctive movie is like an underclass daytime version of Martin Scorsese's After Hours, reaffirming the resilience of the American Dream even amidst spiraling disorder. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
77% The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) An astonishing case of idealism morphing into egomania. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
54% After the Wedding (2019) Freundlich's American remake of the Bier film flips the gender of the main characters, yielding predictably strong performances from Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams but otherwise removing the teeth... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Its old-fashioned, honest sentimentality plasters a smile across your face and plants a tear in your eye, often simultaneously. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
35% Hits (2015) Hits: a frequently funny but easy-prey satire about America's obsession with fame, displaying a small-screen sensibility that extends from its joke setups to its boxy visuals. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
32% The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018) The story remains stubbornly lacking in excitement or enchantment; it's more assaultive, to the point of becoming dull. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
59% Face (2002) The story's conflicts between modern and traditional attitudes, family and independence feel like familiar fodder, and the pedestrian approach fails to inject much freshness into the material. - Variety EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
No Score Yet The Times of Bill Cunningham (2018) If you have a subject as delightful and forthcoming as the self-invented shutterbug, not to mention decades' worth of fabulous footage and photographic records of high and low fashion, you really can't have too much of a good thing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
93% The Weekend (2019) Laced with tart humor and sharp observations about black female identity, the majority of them delivered with spiky insouciance by Sasheer Zamata. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018