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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
78% 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
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
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
34% 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
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
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
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
90% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
70% Papi Chulo (2018) 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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
75% Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
93% If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
13% Life Itself (2018) It's both schematic and self-important.‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
86% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
75% The Nightingale (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
79% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
61% Our Time (Nuestro tiempo) (2018) Maddeningly distancing at almost every turn, lacking the spiritual and existential breadth of even Reygadas' most impenetrable work.‐ Hollywood Reporter
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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
75% Dragged Across Concrete (2018) A lot less fun than it seems to think it is.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
79% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
82% At Eternity's Gate (2018) An unbridled portrait of the painful but productive final years in the life of Vincent van Gogh, a role inhabited with the acrid lucidity of madness by Willem Dafoe.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
38% Charlie Says (2018) Charlie Says is absorbing if only intermittently effective, but it has the distinction of bringing a female gaze to arguably the most notorious crime spree in American history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2018
63% Suspiria (2018) Guadagnino has made an ambitious homage, but it doesn't really benefit from its more intellectualized gaze, instead draining the stomach-churning thrills of great horror.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
No Score Yet Jose (2018) Modest but affectingly melancholy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) This is a durable tale of romance, heady fame and crushing tragedy, retold for a new generation with heart and grit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
94% The Favourite (2018) A wicked delight.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
88% First Man (2018) This sober, contemplative picture has emotional involvement, visceral tension, and yes, even suspense, in addition to stunning technical craft.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2018
92% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) A thoroughly captivating exploration of the rarefied question of whether true love can conquer head-spinning wealth.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
88% Every Act of Life (2017) This lively Kickstarter-funded tribute endorses that fellowship with admiration and gratitude.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
99% McQueen (2018) In the crowded field of fashion docs, this one stands tall.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2018
68% Ocean's 8 (2018) There's...something dispiritingly mechanical about the movie that makes it seem a missed opportunity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2018
64% The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) Rarely have such brave deeds yielded so meager a reward.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
88% Whitney (2018) [A] haunting, richly contextualized documentary portrait...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
No Score Yet The Trouble with You (En liberté!) (2018) A sufficiently wild ride to withstand its excesses.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
57% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Despite a compelling lead in Andrew Garfield, the tension dissipates rather than mounts as this knotty neo-noir slides into a Lynchian swamp of outre weirdness.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
86% Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna (The Postman's White Nights) (2014) The loose narrative ultimately is secondary to the warmth and generosity of spirit with which Konchalovsky observes this quaint enclave, no doubt destined to disappear over time.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
60% The House That Jack Built (2018) The House That Jack Built is definitely something to see. But what's most surprising is that it's just as often inane as unsettling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
No Score Yet Sink or Swim (Le grand bain) (2018) A sluggish two hours that delivers only in a triumphant final act that's as improbable as it is inevitable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
100% Ash Is Purest White (2019) A novelistic epic of broken romance.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 12, 2018
92% Arctic (2019) Arctic is elegantly shot, crisp and unfussy, and seamless in its near-invisible use of digital effects, creating a persuasive you-are-there feeling that's rare in these days of flashy CG thrills.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2018
82% Sauvage (2019) Raw, uncompromising and yet strangely romantic.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
88% Rafiki (2018) [A] poignant but slender drama...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
No Score Yet The Cousin (Ha'ben dod) (2017) A spirited take on an irrational divide.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 8, 2018
100% Diane (2019) Raw, real and quietly affecting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2018
100% Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (2018) Here's the thing: This was a phenomenally balanced production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which star power was equaled by depth of feeling and characterization in all the principals.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
93% 1985 (2018) Anchored by a deeply felt central performance from Cory Michael Smith, the modest but affecting film should find a receptive niche with LGBT audiences.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
75% Don't Leave Home (2018) While this twisty tale of an "evil miracle" connected to a self-exiled former priest ultimately withholds too much to resolve all of its enigmas, the atmospheric mood and persuasive performances keep you watching.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018
No Score Yet L'Animale (2018) Strikes an astute balance between tough and tender.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2018
80% Unsane (2018) The hack screenplay by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer gives the game away far too early, squandering the main thing the movie has going for it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
100% Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta) (2018) Themes of abandonment, loneliness and yearning wash through Hard Paint, a hypnotically intimate character study examining a damaged young gay man's double life as an online sex performer.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2018
24% 7 Days in Entebbe (2018) One listless week.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2018