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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
No Score Yet The Heiresses (Las Herederas) (2018) Builds emotional involvement by infinitesimal degrees through its acute observation of characters and social context and its ultra-naturalistic performances.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2018
No Score Yet Gurrumul (2017) A profound and transporting songline.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
95% Isle of Dogs (2018) The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2018
100% Hereditary (2018) Hereditary takes the core haunting element of a spirit with a malevolent agenda and runs with it in a seemingly endless series of unexpected directions over two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
17% Yardie (2018) It's a pedestrian effort that could have used a serious hit of Elba's dangerous charisma onscreen.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
No Score Yet Inventing Tomorrow (2018) It's an empowering celebration of an oft-mocked high school subspecies, the science nerd, highlighting their endeavors and honoring their community-minded spirit of enterprise.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2018
100% Night Comes On (2018) Small but satisfying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
No Score Yet Monster (2018) In graduating to features from a busy career in music videos, commercials and photography, director Anthony Mandler can't get out of his own way.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
No Score Yet King In The Wilderness (2018) The film's message remains timely, shaped by the voices and vivid recollections of King's intimate associates in the struggle for equality.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
No Score Yet What They Had (2018) A deluxe ensemble cast and a judicious trickle of minor-key humor elevate debuting writer-director Elizabeth Chomko's intergenerational family drama, What They Had.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2018
57% The Happy Prince (2018) An absorbing but shapeless bio-drama that never gains much steam.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
40% Come Sunday (2018) A mesmerizing contemplation of the clash between rigid dogma and considered reinterpretation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2018
82% Monsters and Men (2018) There's an expert fluidity to the chain of events and their direct impact on three men of color just trying to live honest, productive lives.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
No Score Yet We the Animals (2018) We the Animals is a tiny film but mesmerizing in its own loose, dreamy way; it's also a distinctive take on the discovery of queer identity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
84% Sorry to Bother You (2018) While the filmmaking is raw, undisciplined and groaning under a cargo of self-conscious quirks, it scores points for originality and wacky creativity, which no doubt will earn it avid supporters.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2018
69% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) This unwieldy but consistently enjoyable portrait of paraplegic local hero John Callahan is notable for its generosity of spirit and gentleness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
92% The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) Rippling with psychological complexity and sneaky humor, this is a rich character study that takes constantly surprising turns, which should appeal to audiences hungry for idiosyncratic adult drama.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2018
92% Three Identical Strangers (2018) This is a strange, ultimately quite distressing story touched by tragedy, told by Wardle with great skill and compassion in a brisk, consistently absorbing package.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2018
100% The Desert Bride (La Novia del Desierto) (2017) The wispy story could almost be reduced to an anecdote. Yet in the leisurely flow of Andrea Chignoli's edit, it's imbued with gorgeous, undulating rhythms that pull you in. ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
55% The Greatest Showman (2017) The sawdust and sequins are laid on thick, the period flashbulbs pop and the champagne flows in The Greatest Showman, yet this ersatz portrait of American big-top tent impresario P.T. Barnum is all smoke and mirrors, no substance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2017
46% A Christmas Story Live! (2017) This production's chief shortcoming is that it lacks the advantage of instantly recognizable songs and edgy material. But the show's wholesome Middle American pleasures no doubt sparked plenty of smiles, especially for lovers of the source material.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2017
100% Behemoth (Bei xi mo shou) (2017) The subtle impact of this contemplative documentary can't be denied.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
70% Along for the Ride (2017) This rip-roaring tribute to a maverick artist trips along like a surreal odyssey, punctuated by lively reminiscences, choice clips and superb photographic material.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2017
80% Bye bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland...) (2017) [Bye Bye Germany] tells an unusual story with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2017
31% Wonder Wheel (2017) The warming affection that the director has bestowed on so many of his best characters is largely missing. In fact, he seems barely engaged.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2017
75% Last Flag Flying (2017) The weave of somber introspection, rueful reminiscence, irreverent comedy and sociopolitical commentary feels effortful, placing the movie among the less memorable entries in Linklater's canon.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
100% Oh Lucy! (2018) While it's uneven, and at times seems almost artless in its craft, the story has an idiosyncratic charm that pays off in an unexpectedly touching ending.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
36% You Disappear (Du forsvinder) (2017) First-rate actors and polished filmmaking craft ensure reasonable involvement, but the movie's literary density and structural repetitiousness become steadily more wearing than intriguing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2017
100% Revenge (2017) Tautly controlled and wildly over-the-top, executed with flashy style, sly visual humor and a subversive feminist sensibility.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2017
80% Valley of Shadows (2017) There's real confidence in the filmmaking, creating a shadowy world that washes over you, in which a boy gets lost in his nightmares, perhaps learning that the monster all children fear is a force to be protected.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2017
0% Kings (2017) For all its honorable intentions to address sensitive issues that still sting, Kings is an unconvincing tonal patchwork.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet Breath (2017) Observed with warmth and sensitivity, this is a rewarding coming-of-age drama that features terrific performances from two young newcomers in the central roles.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
No Score Yet Three Christs (2017) Call it Lord, Interrupted or One Flew Over the Crucifix, this is a tedious slog that fails even to hit the emotional marks of the most formulaic nut-house movie.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
85% Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) (2017) Despite its flaws, this is a well-acted, visually atmospheric debut that shows promise, casting a soulful gaze on awkward-age upheavals, gay and straight.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2017
93% Disobedience (2018) Beautifully acted by Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola as the three points of a melancholy romantic triangle, this is a deeply felt drama that exerts a powerful grip.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
99% Jane (2017) This is a wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall to share directly in her discoveries.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2017
36% The Current War (2017) For all its aggressive energy, The Current War is an uninvolving bore, making it unlikely to measure up as the kind of Oscar-baity prestige entry the Weinstein Company obviously had in mind.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
92% Thelma (2017) A stylish, distinctively Scandinavian take on familiar horror themes.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
92% The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017) With lucidity and deep feeling, Nancy Buirski's documentary maps an ugly trail of injustice and then widens its lens to pay tribute to the women of color whose refusal to be silent helped drive the evolution of the Civil Rights movement.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
No Score Yet Hannah (2018) Although the lead performance commands admiration, the overall impact of this unrelentingly dour account of a woman struggling to carry on with her life after her husband's imprisonment is dulled by its distancing approach.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2017
97% Sweet Country (2017) A drama of imposing breadth and emotional depth.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
60% My Generation (2017) The longer the doc goes on, the more it sacrifices depth for frenetic overload, with too little in the way of insightful analysis to shed fresh perspective on the Swinging London years.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
100% Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton (2017) An original, unexpectedly affecting tribute to two distinctive comic performers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2017
93% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) A corrosively humorous drama of festering injustice, Shakespearean rage, grave reckoning and imperfect redemption, which unfolds with the epic dimensions of a classic Western showdown.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2017
No Score Yet Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017) A gentle, reflective portrait that seldom gets personal and yet somehow feels quite candid.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
66% Victoria & Abdul (2017) The sizable constituency that turns out for glossy period drama of this kind will embrace the sumptuously appointed Victoria & Abdul as a moving account of an isolated old woman finding joy and lightness in her final years.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2017
92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) The movie reinvents Vince Vaughn as a human demolition machine who's also a devoted family man, and it should find favor among pulp-hungry fanboys.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
28% Suburbicon (2017) It pushes too hard from the start, then steadily goes off the rails from dark to dyspeptic, lacking the originality, bite or tonal consistency to make up for dipping from a very familiar James M. Cain well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2017
90% Lean on Pete (2018) What reads on the surface like an archetypal tale of a boy and his horse becomes an affecting snapshot of the contemporary American underclass in Andrew Haigh's lovely, slow-burning drama, Lean on Pete.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2017
92% The Shape of Water (2017) A dark-edged fairy tale as lovingly steeped in vintage movie magic as it is in hypnotic water imagery, this captivating creature feature marries a portrait of morally corrupt early-1960s America with an outsider tale of love and friendship ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2017