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
47% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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
80% 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
38% 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
80% 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
92% 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
88% 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
80% 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
60% 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
86% 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
63% 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
55% 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
90% The Souvenir (2019) Piercing, personal and entirely distinctive. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2019
78% 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
100% One Child Nation (2019) A startling account of collective trauma. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2019
86% 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
86% 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
88% 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
78% 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
55% 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
32% 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
33% 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
92% The Weekend (2018) 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
75% Papi Chulo (2019) It's the synergistic performances of Matt Bomer, playing raw and broken, and Alejandro Patino, conveying decency and nonjudgmental compassion behind his deadpan raised eyebrows, that makes the movie click. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2018
33% A Million Little Pieces (2018) Who is this movie for? Beyond the couple who made it, I have no idea. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
61% J.T. LeRoy (2019) For a movie about what's going on under the elaborately staged surface, it's pretty much all surface, right down to its shallow observations about gender fluidity, queer identity and the creative freedom of the alternate persona. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
95% If Beale Street Could Talk (2019) If the movie's slow burn seems to build toward a powerful release that doesn't materialize, the sheer beauty of its craft and the heartfelt feeling behind every scene nonetheless command attention. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) It's both schematic and self-important. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
No Score Yet Capri-Revolution (2018) It's a handsomely made film but too ploddingly paced to be engaging, dousing its spark in a sea of didactic dialogue. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
88% The Nightingale (2019) If The Nightingale doesn't quite fulfil the high expectations for Kent's sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft, though in this case she could have used a script collaborator to address the weaknesses. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
No Score Yet If The Nightingale doesn't quite fulfil the high expectations for Kent's sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
80% 22 July (2018) It's both a pulse-pounding depiction of the deadly attacks that shook Norway in 2011 and a sober investigation of the aftermath, evolving into a gripping courtroom drama and a tremendously emotional personal account of one family's struggle to move on. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
60% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2019) Maddeningly distancing at almost every turn, lacking the spiritual and existential breadth of even Reygadas' most impenetrable work. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
100% The River (2018) Some may find it aestheticized to a fault, but this is a seductive, sensual work, its melancholy spell pierced by unexpected humor as well as danger. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
74% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) A lot less fun than it seems to think it is. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
80% What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire? (2018) This is in many ways a frustrating film, its commitment admirable but its execution chaotic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018