David Rooney

David Rooney

Agrees with the Tomatometer 77% of the time.

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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Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened... (2016)

"Lonny Price, one of the youthful original cast who believed that working with their idols meant they had made it, chronicles the show's creation in this lovingly assembled documentary." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 19, 2016

The Beat Beneath My Feet (2016)

"Music is very definitely an essential part of [director Williams'] storytelling toolbox, which gives the movie energy even when it lacks finesse." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 18, 2016

Hamilton's America (2016)

"Using sharp graphic animations that draw on period etchings, the film offers as much fodder for history and political students as it does for theater and music fans." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 17, 2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

"An absorbing character study, even if it's ultimately not one that justifies its much-vaunted technological advances." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 16, 2016

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2016)

"So gracefully does The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki sidestep the formulaic mold of struggle, perseverance and simple victory or defeat that it could almost be considered an anti-fight picture." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 12, 2016

20th Century Women (2016)

"The sheer likability of these lived-in characters is a powerful magnet, thanks to insightful writing and a note-perfect ensemble anchored by a never-better Annette Bening ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Harry & Snowman (2016)

"Laced with captivating home movies and a wealth of archive footage from the 1950s and '60s... Davis' film is a disarming underdog story that doubles as an animal-rescue advocacy tool. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2016

Brain on Fire (2016)

"We watch Chloe Grace Moretz's epic meltdown from a bored distance, until the drama remembers its lost calling as a disease-of-the-week movie. At that point, we receive the abrupt news of a cure with an indifferent shrug." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2016

Without Name (2016)

"If the narrative ultimately seems thin, not to mention somewhat familiar and formulaic, the quiet menace of an ancient natural world under threat is nicely modulated." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016

Jackie (2016)

"Extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016

City of Tiny Lights (2016)

"Engrossing, even if it doesn't quite measure up to its promise." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2016

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2016)

"A sweetly subversive dig at the constricting codes of teen hierarchies, the sheep-like mentality of youth and the failures of the education system." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

All I See Is You (2016)

"Blind boredom." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Tramps (2016)

"A small-scale work that owes its charm to the freshness, relaxed intimacy and unforced humor of its character interplay, and to the warm feel for the environments through which they move ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

Lion (2016)

"As enthralling as it is emotional." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 11, 2016

One More Time With Feeling (2016)

"What's most singular about the project is that in addition to providing access to the creative process and deepening the album experience, it serves as a profoundly affecting reflection on the pain of parents who have lost a child." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2016

The Bad Batch (2016)

"Running close to two hours, the movie is overlong and not without draggy patches, but it's sustained enough to keep you watching." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

"Gibson's forceful comeback is a violent drama about pacifism that succeeds in combining horror with grace." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2016

Una (2016)

"The film has a different though no less riveting intensity, thanks to Rooney Mara's emotionally naked performance in the title role, and unflinching support from Ben Mendelsohn." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Moonlight (2016)

"Glows like its title." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Peter and the Farm (2016)

"Transfixing in its workplace detail and haunting in its harsh commentary on a solitary existence." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 2, 2016

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

"The film once again demonstrates that Ford is both an intoxicating sensualist and an accomplished storyteller, with as fine an eye for character detail as he has for color and composition." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Arrival (2016)

"Anchored by an internalized performance from Amy Adams rich in emotional depth, this is a grownup sci-fi drama that sustains fear and tension while striking affecting chords on love and loss." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 31, 2016

Strike a Pose (2016)

"The smartly assembled film makes points that resonate in a world where fame is increasingly ephemeral and life after the celebrity window closes can get awfully cold." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Star Trek Beyond (2016)

"The script injects a welcome strain of humor that's true to the original Gene Roddenberry creation, delivering nostalgia without stiff veneration." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 15, 2016

Christine (2016)

"Hall makes it impossible to look away from this portrait of a woman brought to the heartbreaking conclusion that she's beyond hope." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 11, 2016

Ghostbusters (2016)

"It's all busy-ness, noise and chaos, with zero thrills and very little sustainable comic buoyancy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 10, 2016

From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016)

"This is an elliptical film that trusts its audience enough to peel away exposition and unnecessary dialogue, uncovering rich layers of ambiguity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 6, 2016

The Fits (2016)

"A transfixing meditation on gender and self-discovery, distinguished by the dreamy beauty of its visual and movement-based storytelling." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 31, 2016

The Last Face (2016)

"[A] stunningly self-important but numbingly empty cocktail of romance and insulting refugee porn ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016

Gimme Danger (2016)

"Two seminal Stooges album titles - 'Fun House' and 'Raw Power' - give a solid indication of this film's appeal." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 19, 2016
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Wrong Elements (2016)

"Powerful subject matter examining experience almost too horrific to imagine trumps somewhat flaccid filmmaking in this first step into documentary for Franco-American author Jonathan Littell." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016

The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue) (2016)

"Not an outstanding entry in the Dardennes' body of work, but poignant and very much worthwhile." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 18, 2016
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Wolf and Sheep (2016)

"Wolf and Sheep is an absorbing ethnographic docu-drama hybrid, marbled with a curious vein of phantasmagoric storytelling." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 16, 2016

Hell or High Water (2016)

"A soulful outlaw tale with a socioeconomic perspective and a rich sense of place." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016

Mean Dreams (2016)

"And as the stakes are heightened, the filmmakers too often short-change dramatic verisimilitude with movie-ish cliché, implausible plotting and cumbersome dialogue." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016)

"If the film is as disorderly in its structure as the messy family history it surveys, time spent with these wonderful subjects makes that seem sweetly appropriate." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 15, 2016

American Honey (2016)

"A road movie without a map that nonetheless arrives at a worthwhile destination." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016

The Transfiguration (2016)

"A quiet bite, but one that leaves its mark." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 14, 2016

Neruda (2016)

"The film at times is more playful than illuminating, but it's also a handsomely crafted and boldly idiosyncratic contemplation of a great artist for whom political compromise was anathema." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 13, 2016

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

"While the framework and perspective are familiar, the veteran Brit director's films can still have the power to grip us in an emotional chokehold." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 12, 2016

Those People (2016)

"It's a well-made, solidly acted first feature with an easy-on-the-eyes cast." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2016
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Little Boxes (2016)

"A tonally wishy-washy movie with conflicts that feel too constructed to ring true and humor that ranges from ineffectually low-key to forced." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 17, 2016

Kicks (2016)

"If the movie is over-reliant on slo-mo, voiceover and almost wall-to-wall music to drive scenes, its silky blend of lyricism with urban grit marks it as a promising debut." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 16, 2016

Baskin (2016)

"[Baskin] offers little in the way of narrative involvement or scares but doesn't stint on sustained, stylized revulsion." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 7, 2016

Under The Shadow (2016)

"Anvari deftly builds and sustains tension throughout, crafting a horror movie that respects genre conventions (right down to the safe/not safe ending), while firmly establishing its own distinctive identity. " ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 23, 2016

Chronic (2016)

"Any comment on the total commitment of Tim Roth's performance as a palliative care worker in Chronic seems inadequate to describe the intense degree to which the actor loses himself." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 18, 2016

Genius (2016)

"The story of Perkins' collaboration and friendship with Wolfe remains stubbornly resistant both to drama and emotion." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 16, 2016

The Patriarch (Mahana) (2016)

"The Patriarch aims for classical screen storytelling, but the result, while entertaining for a time, becomes clunky and predictable, its sentimentality amplified by awkward incorporation of songs into the lush score." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 14, 2016

Midnight Special (2016)

"Nichols' screenplay expertly peels away exposition and drops us in a story already in motion, with scenes set up to infer one situation only to reveal another via meticulously parceled out fragments of information." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 12, 2016
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