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

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review

Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2016)

"Jia Zhang-ke's... exploration of change, loss and regret has never felt more personal than in Mountains May Depart." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 10, 2016

Zoolander 2 (2016)

"The imbecilic charms of a character that began as TV sketch material are too often misplaced in this wildly over-plotted, under-energized action comedy, plumped to bursting point with celebrity cameos." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 9, 2016

Looking for Grace (2015)

"Brooks generally is so bewitched by her characters' opacity that they remain frustratingly remote, even in the rare moments when they open up, diminishing the sorrow of the final-act tragedy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 4, 2016

4th Man Out (2016)

"The strained humor of straight dudes exhibiting girlfriend behavior is a long way from the unselfconscious charms of, say, the Magic Mike movies." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 3, 2016

The Land (2016)

"An at-risk youth movie we've seen many times before in more authentic versions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2016

Uncle Howard (2016)

"A tribute made all the more affecting by its quiet, contemplative approach." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 28, 2016
No Score Yet

As You Are (2016)

"First-time writer-director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's plotting could be more muscular, but the film shades its confused tangle of friendship, love and desire with atmosphere, intimacy and a lingering sense of outsider yearning." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2016

Kiki (2016)

"With a simple eloquence that never gets preachy, it makes the point that the gay marriage movement was driven by the white middle class, while the marginalized transgender community remains largely unrepresented." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2016

Little Men (2016)

"A deceptively small movie that sneaks up and slays you with its emotional authenticity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Sing Street (2016)

"A rite-of-passage romance wrapped in a let's-make-a-band scenario, the disarming film colors its social realism with the kind of wish-fulfillment fantasy often found in a four-minute music video." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2016

Indignation (2016)

"A warmly satisfying screen translation of a work by an author who has rarely been served well on film." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016

Kate Plays Christine (2016)

"This absorbing docu-drama hybrid works equally well as detached case study and revealing performance piece." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016

The Hollars (2016)

"This one is straight out of the old-school Sundance manual. Still, there's enough warmth, humor and heart in the very slick package, not to mention a gaggle of accomplished and well-cast actors ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016

Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off the Wall (2016)

"A lovingly assembled appreciation of the key transitional album in the late artist's career." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2016
No Score Yet


"A movie that initially struggles to define what it wants to be, but gets there eventually." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2016

Goat (2016)

"A harsh but gripping study in uncontrolled male aggression." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2016

The Free World (2016)

"Watchable leads elevate a downbeat story that takes its time to ignite." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 22, 2016

Yosemite (2016)

"The movie succeeds on its own quiet terms, binding the three parts together with assurance and tonal consistency to cast a lingering spell." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 7, 2016

Boy and the World (O Menino e o Mundo) (2015)

"Even if the film could be accused of lacking subtlety and overloading on whimsy, it spreads a sobering message in a lucid story that remains visually alive and inventive throughout -- its aesthetic keeps constantly shifting yet remains fluid." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 30, 2015

Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

"Berg does paper illuminating personal observations throughout, before landing a satisfying emotional punch at the end." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 16, 2015

Miles Ahead (2016)

"Its freeform riffs on highs and lows from the musician's life are a fine example of structure emulating the ever-evolving style of an artist defined by unrelenting experimentation." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 12, 2015

Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

"[A] numbingly idiotic vampire yakuza tale." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 7, 2015

The Walk (2015)

"The film's payoff more than compensates for a lumbering setup, laden with cloying voiceover narration and strained whimsy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 27, 2015

Stonewall (2015)

"Not the most imaginative or politically trenchant retelling, but entertaining and at times quite moving." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2015
No Score Yet

Paulina (La patota) (2015)

"Driven by a powerfully internalized performance from Dolores Fonzi as the title character, Paulina eschews straightforward answers in favor of questioning observation." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2015

Mustang (2015)

"What makes the transfixing film so effective is that the director refuses to portray them simplistically, as misunderstood angels, and she has enough trust in her audience to leave the drama's implicit feminism unstated." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Louder Than Bombs (2016)

"While it's well acted and has strong moments on a scene-by-scene basis, the film lacks an emotional center, keeping the impact cool and diffuse where it should be affecting." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015)

"While admirers of the director's work might sit still for the glacial pacing, the overlong film becomes steadily less involving after a promising setup, trading mystery for a sentimental vein fed by its sudsy romantic score." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 15, 2015

The Family Fang (2016)

"Acutely observed and graced with equal parts humor and honest feeling." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015

The New Girlfriend (2015)

"A delectable riff on transformation, desire and sexuality that blends the heightened reality of melodrama with mischievous humor and an understated strain of Hitchcockian suspense." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 14, 2015

Freeheld (2015)

"Freeheld underwhelms even as it more or less delivers ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 13, 2015

About Ray (2015)

"It's involving but seldom deeply affecting, with the core drama continually shoved aside to examine more commonplace matters of parenting, abandonment and broken families." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 12, 2015

Remember (2016)

"Continuing the sad slump in Atom Egoyan's career after last year's The Captive, this plodding new drama is perhaps a shade or two less risible." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 9, 2015

De Palma (2016)

"Could still benefit from some structural polish but a blast nonetheless." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 8, 2015

Anomalisa (2015)

"Kaufman and Johnson create a vivid, dismally relatable world here, both droll and dreary, but fascinating precisely because of its numbing banality." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2015

The Danish Girl (2015)

"If the movie remains safe, there's no questioning its integrity, or the balance of porcelain vulnerability and strength that Eddie Redmayne brings to the lead role." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 6, 2015

Equals (2016)

"The future looks pretty but dull." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 4, 2015

She's Funny That Way (2015)

"[A] strained though mildly enjoyable ensemble comedy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 14, 2015

Prince (2015)

"This uneven but sweet bildungsroman is distinguished by its light tone and idiosyncratic handle on genre conventions." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Aug 10, 2015

Fort Tilden (2015)

"Fort Tilden, the debut feature co-written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, showcases a satirical voice so dyspeptic it's almost endearing." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 30, 2015

Counting (2015)

"This is the kind of contemplative cinematheque piece that washes pleasurably over you, inviting the viewer to tune in or out, to free-associate or locate the subtle connections and recurring themes." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 27, 2015

Elser (13 Minutes) (2015)

"The movie is well acted and mostly absorbing, but it spells out everything so painstakingly that there's zero room for subtext." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jul 22, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015)

"For filmed theater, this is about as immersive and immediate as it gets." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 18, 2015

Gabriel (2015)

"The intense, uncomfortable drama's downbeat nature is offset to a degree by the sensitivity of its observation, but the film serves primarily as a showcase for the emotionally raw lead performance of Rory Culkin." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 17, 2015

Manglehorn (2015)

"The mix of limpid naturalism and lyricism that has often distinguished David Gordon Green's indie films slides into sentimentality -- or worse yet, whimsy -- in Manglehorn." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 17, 2015

Ardor (2015)

"The reverential film takes itself far too seriously; it ends up being neither sufficiently inventive nor revisionist to surmount its archetypal cliches." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 8, 2015

Charlie's Country (2015)

"Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama's stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humor and even joy." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jun 1, 2015

Dheepan (2016)

"While the unhurried pace is challenging for a film with relatively little narrative incident, it's a pleasure to put yourself in the hands of such a confident director." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2015

Heaven Knows What (2015)

"It also helps that Holmes, Jones and Duress, as well as the mainly non-actors in secondary roles, all inhabit their characters with real conviction." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 28, 2015

A Perfect Day (2016)

"While it's uneven, A Perfect Day builds to a nice melancholy conclusion." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 25, 2015