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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
88% Girls Trip (2017) The progression from raunchy, raucous laughs into dramatic conflict and then out the other side into the uplifting empowerment of sisterhood and self-worth isn't entirely seamless, but there's too much dizzy pleasure here to get hung up on the flaws.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2017
83% The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin (2017) With candor, humor and poignancy, Kroot's entertaining documentary depicts an artist who continued to seek his bigoted father's approval even as he embraced a life as a proud gay man that his parents could never condone.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
No Score Yet After Louie (2017) While it's well-intentioned to a fault, and driven by deep convictions, the film also is diffuse, lethargically paced and short on thematic trenchancy, building powerful individual moments but seldom sustaining a compelling narrative thread.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
No Score Yet Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer (2017) Gomes proves an engaging subject, whose dedication is as inspiring as the breathtaking grace and strength of his dancing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2017
67% Miles (2017) The bittersweet pangs of lived experience supply a pleasing ripple of authenticity throughout Miles, which helps keep it engaging even as the conflicts become increasingly manufactured.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
48% Rough Night (2017) Mostly, it's a flavorless stew of elements from other, not necessarily better, movies that starts dying around the same time as the unintended victim of the girls gone wild.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2017
83% Handsome Devil (2017) The sweetness, poignancy and breezy humor of this Emerald Isle bildungsroman also make it pretty darn impossible to resist.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2017
96% 120 Beats Per Minute (120 battements par minute) (2017) There's no shortage of incisive material contained here, and a more rigorous edit would greatly improve the lovingly made production's international prospects.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
91% Good Time (2017) This is a richly textured genre piece that packs a visceral charge in its restless widescreen visuals and adrenalizing music, which recalls the great mood-shaping movie scores of Tangerine Dream.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
No Score Yet The Intrusion (L'intrusa) (2017) Di Costanzo and co-writers Maurizio Braucci and Bruno Oliviero depict the milieu and its conflicts with persuasive sincerity, sketching in details that show the extent to which crime has poisoned the air.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
96% The Florida Project (2017) A fabulous mosaic of one particular pocket of America's invisible homeless population - families living hand-to-mouth in motels originally designed to catch the tourist overspill from the flashy theme-park resorts across town.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 23, 2017
100% Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan (2017) The film assembles a full-bodied appreciation of her contribution to the art and the profound respect she commands within the field.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
74% The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) The impressive rigor of its craft, the skillfully subdued intensity of the acting, and the startling originality of the story will make it unmissable for anyone who cares about bold filmmaking.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
No Score Yet Oh Lucy! (2014) 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 May 22, 2017
28% How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2016) There's too little narrative cohesion or persuasive subtext to make this much more than a low-budget folly that's outre without always being terribly interesting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 21, 2017
86% A Ciambra (2017) A raw and distinctive coming-of-age portrait.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
71% Wonderstruck (2017) Alive with the magic of pictures and the mysteries of silence, this is an uncommonly grownup film about children, communication, connection and memory.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
100% Saturday Church (2017) Cardasis brings a sensitive eye to the subject, painting a textured picture of Ulysses' solitude and his hunger for self-knowledge.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
67% Thirst Street (2017) While Burdge's dogged commitment to the role commands admiration, Gina's obtuse, masochistic behavior keeps us from investing in her as a character spiraling out of control.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
100% The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson (2017) While the sense of closure that the film seeks to provide perhaps inevitably remains elusive, it covers another vital chapter in queer history, sadly still relevant in the ongoing frequency of violence against trans women.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
No Score Yet Love After Love (2017) Elegant and unsentimental, this is a minor-key, wintry ensemble piece with an emotional hold that sneaks up on you.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2017
74% All These Sleepless Nights (2017) The film brings impressive stylistic and thematic cohesion to its hedonistic haze, with fluid images, a trippy tone and a flavorful soup of sonic textures. But after a while it might make you feel like a sober person in a crowd of blissed-out stoners.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2017
16% Mine (2017) While the protagonist's back-story is not sufficiently original to sustain tension throughout, Hammer's committed performance keeps you watching ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2017
100% Most Beautiful Island (2017) Despite some missteps, there are enough strengths to mark this as a promising debut.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
91% Gemini (2017) While the payoff could have used some extra punch, the teasing path that leads there is bewitching, with Lola Kirke serving as an enigmatic guide.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
80% Barracuda (2017) [An] absorbing, mostly low-key thriller, which builds atmosphere, psychological texture, an ingrained sense of place and a needling undercurrent of dread.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2017
73% Catfight (2017) [A] razor-toothed takedown of obscene privilege in a world indifferent to real pain.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
63% Return to Montauk (2017) [An] emotionally inert drama about an author trying to reanimate the past.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2017
No Score Yet Freak Show (2017) That it unfolds with a near-complete absence of finesse or subtlety probably won't matter a whit to a target audience weaned on Glee.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
91% The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) (2017) This is a world that reeks of cigarette smoke and cheap vodka, yet as always in the work of Finland's maestro of droll melancholy, the perfume that lingers longest is empathy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2017
100% For Ahkeem (2017) A poignant snapshot of black struggle that humanizes a range of social issues through the first-hand experiences of one young woman.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
100% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fant├ística) (2017) Ravishing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2017
100% Chavela (2017) The core material is augmented with a wealth of archive footage and photographs, as well as extensive interviews with music aficionados, associates, friends, lovers and admirers.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
No Score Yet One Thousand Ropes (2016) It combines melancholy domestic drama with spiritual and supernatural elements, and while the latter could have been more robustly developed, a quiet power accumulates nonetheless.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
63% Final Portrait (2017) Makes for a narrative with little consistent forward momentum and an anticlimactic ending, though the film remains agreeable thanks largely to Rush's flavorful performance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2017
100% Vazante (2017) Transfixing in its formal rigor, impressive craft and striking visual beauty.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
90% Hounds of Love (2017) Hounds of Love benefits from impressive control of visuals to build suspense and from the spiky performances of its fearless cast, flagging Young as a talent to watch.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
100% Red Dog: True Blue (2016) I confess, I was willingly suckered into it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2017
No Score Yet Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton (2017) Kennedy steers the audience on an exhilarating ride in Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
72% XX (2017) While it's uneven as these combos invariably are, genre enthusiasts looking for a female spin will want to check it out.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
35% The Last Word (2017) Casting is everything in director Mark Pellington's latest, with MacLaine in blazingly fine form as she dignifies the movie's every pre-programmed emotional cue while blossoming from dragon lady into nurturing giver of life lessons.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2017
89% Marjorie Prime (2017) This is the rare recent stage-to-screen adaptation that actually improves on the source.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2017
100% Strong Island (2017) Solemn, searching and at times even poetic in its indignation, this is a sensitively crafted contemplation of corrosive grief, even if the unanswerable questions surrounding the case keep the film somewhat emotionally muted.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
94% Menashe (2017) Weinstein's charming Menashe immerses us in an authentic environment of ultra-Orthodox Judaism and makes it relatable by weaving a sweet story familiar in its general contours, of a single father struggling to hold onto the son he loves.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
80% Beach Rats (2017) Dark, dreamy and entirely engrossing.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
46% Wilson (2017) Boasts some funny vignettes but fails in the crucial test of making us care much about the title character.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Dina (2017) A sensitive snapshot of two ordinary people on the autism spectrum who are determined to carve out a meaningful future together.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
74% Berlin Syndrome (2017) This is a case of expert filmmaking craft applied to a familiar story that becomes unrelentingly grim and drawn-out after its masterful setup.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
100% Chasing Coral (2017) If you've ever snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef or dived among the other major underwater wonderworlds across the globe, don't be surprised to find yourself getting misty-eyed during Chasing Coral.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017
91% A Ghost Story (2017) A poetic meditation on time, memory and spiritual connection that is utterly true to its title.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2017