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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
82% Indignation (2016) A warmly satisfying screen translation of a work by an author who has rarely been served well on film.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
82% Kate Plays Christine (2016) This absorbing docu-drama hybrid works equally well as detached case study and revealing performance piece.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2016
44% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
93% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2016
77% Goat (2016) A harsh but gripping study in uncontrolled male aggression.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2016
50% The Free World (2016) Watchable leads elevate a downbeat story that takes its time to ignite.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2016
77% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2016
94% 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
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2015
93% Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015) Berg does paper illuminating personal observations throughout, before landing a satisfying emotional punch at the end.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2015
73% 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
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2015
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) [A] numbingly idiotic vampire yakuza tale.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
84% The Walk (2015) The film's payoff more than compensates for a lumbering setup, laden with cloying voiceover narration and strained whimsy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2015
10% Stonewall (2015) Not the most imaginative or politically trenchant retelling, but entertaining and at times quite moving.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2015
98% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
73% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
58% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
79% The Family Fang (2016) Acutely observed and graced with equal parts humor and honest feeling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
81% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
48% Freeheld (2015) Freeheld underwhelms even as it more or less delivers ...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2015
45% 3 Generations (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2015
71% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
96% De Palma (2016) Could still benefit from some structural polish but a blast nonetheless.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2015
93% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2015
69% 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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2015
35% Equals (2016) The future looks pretty but dull.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2015
40% She's Funny That Way (2015) [A] strained though mildly enjoyable ensemble comedy.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2015
70% Prince (2015) This uneven but sweet bildungsroman is distinguished by its light tone and idiosyncratic handle on genre conventions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2015
87% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2015
75% 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2015
66% 13 Minutes (Elser) (2017) The movie is well acted and mostly absorbing, but it spells out everything so painstakingly that there's zero room for subtext.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2015
100% A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) For filmed theater, this is about as immersive and immediate as it gets.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2015
83% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
49% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
35% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2015
94% 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
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2015
89% 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
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
87% 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
Read More | Posted May 28, 2015
72% A Perfect Day (2016) While it's uneven, A Perfect Day builds to a nice melancholy conclusion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2015
89% Bessie (2015) This is a smartly observed, understated biographical drama that sidesteps hagiography and treats its complex subject with integrity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
52% In the Name of My Daughter (2015) While the film has infinite problems, casting is key among them.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2015
68% The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2015) Robert Gustafsson has been called "the funniest man in Sweden." Meh. Must be an acquired taste.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 4, 2015
43% Gerontophilia (2015) This tonally uncertain romance is both surprisingly conventional and tame.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
72% Soul Boys Of The Western World (2015) A heady recap of Spandau Ballet's rise that becomes less insightful in tracking the group's demise and eventual comeback.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2015
87% Lambert & Stamp (2015) A wonderfully alive behind-the-music chronicle that rescues two genuine mavericks from the footnotes of rock history.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2015
87% 52 Tuesdays (2015) The sensitively observed drama is distinguished by its structurally adventurous approach and the intimacy of its storytelling.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2015
69% She's Lost Control (2015) The story of a behavioral psychologist specializing in sexual surrogacy provides insight into intriguing characters for whom professional intimacy supplants personal relationships.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2015
81% These Final Hours (2015) Despite its strong sense of place and a solid central performance from Nathan Phillips, Zak Hilditch's film is too blighted by the deja vu factor to stand out from the apocalyptic pack.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015
97% An Honest Liar (2015) Intriguing stuff.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2015