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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T-Meter Title | Year
55% Rebecca (2020) The evidence is particularly scant here that the director in any way connects with his material. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
54% Evil Eye (2020) [T]his is a taut thriller that remains engrossing, deftly blending elements of romance, cultural division and supernatural menace into a family drama with a poignant mother-daughter focus. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
75% Black Box (2020) The confident storytelling keeps you watching, as well as strong performances from Mamoudou Athie as a widowed amnesiac and Phylicia Rashad as a brilliant brain specialist playing God. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2020
80% The Boys in the Band (2020) Despite its flaws, this consistently engaging film provides a vital window for young queer audiences into the difficult lives of their forebears. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
88% On The Rocks (2020) Coppola has a lot of fun exploring the conflict between father-daughter affection and sharp attitudinal divides, aided immeasurably by the entertaining chemistry between Jones and Murray. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
53% Good Joe Bell (2020) Green's grasp of this tender, family-focused story shows equal restraint and compassion, and mastery of a tricky structure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2020
78% Concrete Cowboy (2020) What really keeps the film on track, however, is the emotionally involving grasp of character in both the script and the performances of a terrific ensemble. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
93% I Care a Lot (2020) The movie is either delectably wicked or dyspeptically sour - you decide. I went back and forth while watching, though there was never a moment when I wasn't glued... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
78% Ammonite (2020) In many ways it's a deceptively modest work, but Ammonite just floored me; I can't think of a single aspect that could be improved upon. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
96% Nomadland (2020) A powerful character study of a different kind of freedom fighter. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
14% Run Hide Fight (2020) What's most notable about Kyle Rankin's slick and compulsively watchable genre entry Run Hide Fight is the utter shallowness of its psychological perspective. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
83% New Order (Nuevo orden) (2020) Audiences might conceivably be divided on the vicious gut punch of Franco's approach, but as a call for more equitable distribution of wealth and power, it's terrifyingly riveting. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
96% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) A cathartic celebration, exactly when we need it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
97% One Night in Miami (2020) Both entertaining and illuminating, the Amazon production draws a tacit line between a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement and America's current racial reckoning. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2020
80% Salvatore: Shoemaker of Dreams (2020) A stylish entry in the library of fashion docs that have become a booming subgenre in recent years. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
60% Mosquito State (2020) This is commandingly creepy psycho-horror, even if its forbidding narrative loses momentum. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
80% Pieces of a Woman (2020) Despite some contrived script passages and unsubtle symbolism, the first-rate cast keeps it gripping. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
100% The Furnace (2020) Smolders effectively, even if it doesn't quite achieve maximum heat. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2020
100% Apples (Mila) (2020) Crisp and flavorful, with a lingering aftertaste. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2020
81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) If you stay with the challenging drama there's haunting pathos in its outcome. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
60% Project Power (2020) [W]hat makes Project Power entertaining is its canny combination of familiar ingredients in a textured real-world milieu that gives it fresh flavor. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 13, 2020
48% The Bay of Silence (2020) The actors are a pleasure to watch and the European locations add atmosphere, making for solid enough adult entertainment that plays just fine on a home screen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2020
63% The Secret Garden (2020) The degree to which any of the plot embellishments add to the time-tested appeal of Hodgson Burnett's story no doubt will engender debate. But to the generation encountering it for the first time, its pleasures should be unencumbered. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2020
70% The Girl (2012) There are juicy details and compelling central characters, but little texture around them. The attention to period recreation is too clean and fussy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2020
73% An American Pickle (2020) Aside from one guffaw-inducing sight gag with a dried fish, the humor here is strictly low-key, like a black-comedy version of a Sholem Aleichem story. But it grounds the movie in a disarming celebration of Jewish identity. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
19% The Tax Collector (2020) Despite a lot of admirable aims, such as creating layered roles for the Latino acting community and spending production dollars in areas that could benefit from the economic boost, this grim bloodbath feels too routine to be of much interest. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
100% Nadia, Butterfly (2020) A quiet but startling splash. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2020
77% Summerland (2020) Summerland, while it's an original screenplay, has the feel of sentimental historical fiction, the kind of decorous novel that's a dime a dozen as Brit TV miniseries material. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020
100% Coded Bias (2020) A chilling plunge into Orwellian reality. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
No Score Yet I Am A Town (2020) Personal and poetic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2020
18% Fatal Affair (2020) As unimaginative as its title. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2020
79% Greyhound (2020) Seaworthy and stirring. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2020
81% The Old Guard (2020) An astutely balanced blend of involving drama and visceral action. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2020
98% Hamilton (2020) It provides some much-needed catharsis at a time of renewed hunger for people of color to feel seen, represented, their dignity and rights respected and their intrinsic contribution to American life acknowledged... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2020
9% Force of Nature (2020) Force of Nature is a wet mishmash of elements from better movies that leaves scarcely a ripple in its wake. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2020
64% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) If ever a comedy cried out for tight 85-minute treatment that keeps the gags pinging fast enough to disguise the thin sketch material at its core, it's this hit-or-miss two-hour feature. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Taken on its own terms, however, this buoyantly funny comedy offers lip-smacking entertainment that will surprise many with its skewering of both sides. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
90% Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy (2020) There's considerable insight here into the rigors of training at the prestigious academy, and admiring reflections from a number of the subject's famous former students... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
9% Artemis Fowl (2020) Not entirely foul, but a charmless chore. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Structural flaws notwithstanding, this movie is a gift right now, and there's no other director that could have made it. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
92% The Surrogate (2020) There are no movie-of-the-week histrionics here, and zero moralizing... just perceptive, thoroughly absorbing, granular adult drama based on difficult questions to which there are no right or wrong answers, let alone easy ones. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
69% Amulet (2020) Smart and stylish, with fun detours into lurid excess. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
No Score Yet Milkwater (2020) A shaky first trimester but a satisfying delivery. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) An uneven but original take on immigrant displacement. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) Even a formulaic patchwork of repurposed ideas from better movies can be fun. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
65% Castle in the Ground (2019) Just say no. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
41% Capone (2020) Capone is definitely an unconventional take on the twilight of a notorious gangster. Alas, it's not an interesting one, although the borderline self-parodying Method madness of Tom Hardy's performance does kind of demand to be seen. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
55% Valley Girl (2020) A totally bitchin' guilty pleasure. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Imbued with a lovely sense of place and community, this is a low-key film, leisurely perhaps to a fault and dramatically a tad too mellow, though observed with a keen eye for the small details of ordinary lives that elevates the material. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
100% Cowboys (2020) Uneven but original and captivating. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020