David Rooney

David Rooney
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Hollywood Reporter, Variety

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
80% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) The Many Saints of Newark is more of a diverting footnote than an invaluable extension of the show's colossal legacy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2021
92% Montana Story (2021) This is a minor-key modern Western whose melancholy probe into the bruising past gives way, in a quietly satisfying conclusion, to the hope of reconciliation, even healing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2021
54% Cry Macho (2021) This is a story so crusty and antiquated in its conveniently resolved conflicts, contrivances and drippy sentimentality that it should have been left on the shelf. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2021
96% Benediction (2021) This biographical drama, grounded in the anguished poetry of its protagonist, is hushed and decorous to a fault. But it does eventually wind its way to a profoundly affecting conclusion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2021
66% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) Connoisseurs of performance gimmickry might be drawn to the Searchlight release, with its layers of prosthetic and digital disguise. But anyone requiring a fresh point of view or a reason to care should look elsewhere. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2021
No Score Yet America Latina (2021) For all its high style and aestheticized visuals, this is a work of self-conscious posturing with nothing to say. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2021
69% The Last Duel (2021) A lengthy, two-and-a-half-hour film that feels lopsided and unwieldy. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2021
59% Halloween Kills (2021) This latest installment is like a latex ghoul mask so stretched and shapeless it no longer fits. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2021
80% Old Henry (2021) It evolves into a satisfying reflection on the more complicated, somber realities behind the icons of the Wild West, separated from the embroidery of legend. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
100% Happening (2021) This is a slice of clear-eyed French social-realism that will be meaningful to anyone who cares about personal freedoms. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2021
89% The Box (La caja) (2021) An unflinching account of human lives rendered disposable by greed and corruption. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
91% C'mon C'mon (2021) It's a wispy yet insightful and emotionally satisfying film... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2021
81% Sundown (2021) Despite the tight run time of less than 90 minutes, the film's unrelenting nature becomes more sour and unrewarding as it inches forward. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2021
69% Last Night in Soho (2021) Last Night in Soho is an immensely pleasurable film that delights in playing with genre... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2021
100% The Lost Daughter (2021) Its strong cast and the story's granular psychological texture will make it a must-see, while putting Gyllenhaal on the map as a neophyte writer-director already graced with maturity and restraint. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
90% Dune (2021) Part hero's journey and part survival story, the film keeps throwing arcane details at you, which might thrill the Herbert geeks but will have most everyone else zoning out. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
91% Spencer (2021) Stewart's finely detailed work on the accent and mannerisms is impeccable. The camera adores her, and she has seldom been more magnetic, or more heartbreakingly fragile. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2021
87% The Card Counter (2021) Paul Schrader has spent much of his career peering into the dark abyss of troubled men's souls. He creates another subject eminently worthy of such examination in the title figure of The Card Counter... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
71% The Hand of God (È stata la mano di Dio) (2021) Returning to his Neapolitan roots... has brought out sumptuous veins of joy and sorrow that feel richer, deeper, more searingly poignant than anything the director has done before. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
92% The Power of the Dog (2021) Jane Campion makes a thrilling return with The Power of the Dog, a work as boldly idiosyncratic, unpredictable and alive with psychological complexity as anything in the revered director's output. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2021
100% Parallel Mothers (Madres paralelas) (2021) A ravishingly crafted work that again illustrates with ineffable beauty that no one uses the expressive power of color and design quite like Almodóvar. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2021
84% Candyman (2021) The attention to race, police brutality, community displacement and related issues doesn't mean the thrills are any less spine-tingling or the bloodletting less ghastly. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2021
37% Reminiscence (2021) Its star cast notwithstanding, there's good reason Warners is dumping the movie in the dog days of summer with minimal fanfare. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2021
86% The Night House (2021) That the movie remains gripping despite the vagaries of its plotting is due largely to Hall's tough characterization... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
15% Demonic (2021) In the end, Demonic is all simulation, no real scares. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
78% Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021) There's abundant joy, spirited resilience and sweet humor on tap that should be especially infectious for young LGBTQ audiences, or anyone with experience of outsider stigmatization. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2021
66% Respect (2021) An intimate gift of love, rich in complexity, spirituality, Black pride and feminist grit rooted not in didactic speeches but in authentic experience. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2021
46% Beckett (2021) This pedestrian wrong-place-wrong-time manhunt through Greece never really sparks. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2021
62% Jungle Cruise (2021) Compared to other attempts to turn theme park attractions into fresh revenue streams, it's not as lifeless as The Haunted Mansion or Tomorrowland. But that doesn't mean it's good. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2021
88% The Green Knight (2021) Led by Dev Patel at his most magnetic, this is a fantastical adventure in a genre all of its own. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
79% Nitram (2021) Nitram is an uncommonly tough, taxing film with an aftershock that's hard to shake. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
83% Lamb (2021) Lamb is a disturbing experience but also a highly original take on the anxieties of being a parent, a tale in which nature plus nurture yields a nightmare. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
96% Red Rocket (2021) It's a pleasure to put yourself in Baker's capable hands as he ambles through his loose story with its affectionate, slyly humorous character observations and immersive sense of place. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
76% Blue Bayou (2021) Even if Blue Bayou sometimes lacks nuance, it's telling a story that needs to be heard. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2021
81% Compartment No. 6 (2021) This is a melancholic drama but also one that's unexpectedly uplifting in its insights into human solitude and connection. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
85% The French Dispatch (2021) A beguiling curio, and one that no other filmmaker could have created. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
43% Flag Day (2021) Flag Day is not a complete misfire, and if a no-name director had made it, the movie would probably get a pass. But considering the emotional stakes involved it's neither terribly memorable nor moving. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
75% Stillwater (2021) Unfortunately, the A plot keeps dragging the movie down - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2021
81% After Yang (2021) The film's stealthy emotional power creeps up on you in much the same way the main character is gradually confronted with the distances that have opened up between him and the people he loves. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
100% The Velvet Underground (2021) Haynes puts his distinctive stamp on the material while crafting a work that could almost have come from the same artistic explosion it celebrates. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
96% The Souvenir: Part II (2021) [T]his A24 release deftly extracts something real and relatable from the elaborate artifice of the filmmaking process, making amusing observations about both the academic and the commercial sides. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
93% Everything Went Fine (Tout s'est bien passé) (2021) Considering the subject matter, Everything Went Fine is not the most affecting drama, but its honesty and intelligence keep you glued. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
70% Annette (2021) The different sensibilities involved rarely mesh together and the songs - mostly thin and unmemorable, more often talky than melodic, with obsessively repetitive lyrics - seldom ignite much feeling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2021
79% Black Widow (2021) This standalone proves a stellar vehicle for Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, given first-rate support by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
No Score Yet Being BeBe (2021) Even if Being BeBe doesn't often go deep, the candor and infectious humor of Ngwa make it a satisfying watch - particularly for fans who have made RuPaul's Drag Race its own vibrant chapter in contemporary queer pop-culture history. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
85% Storm Lake (2021) A vital celebration of the role of community-based news gathering at a time when media revenues are way down and the credibility of the press has taken a hammering across much of the country. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2021
91% No Sudden Move (2020) The film's title might adhere to the 1950s noir template, but the camerawork and editing (Soderbergh again, as Mary Ann Bernard) are full of sudden moves that contribute to the exhilarating storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
48% False Positive (2021) Clever, creepy and original enough to keep you glued. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
91% Luca (2021) The Genoa native's obvious deep-rooted affection for life in simpler times on Italy's northwest coast gives the movie a warming injection of real heart. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
100% Bernstein's Wall (2021) Douglas Tirola's fascinating docu-portrait takes advantage of vast archival resources to reveal the passions that drove the man, mostly in his own words. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021