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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
79% American Honey (2016) A road movie without a map that nonetheless arrives at a worthwhile destination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
85% The Transfiguration (2017) A quiet bite, but one that leaves its mark.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 14, 2016
94% 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
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) 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
Read More | Posted May 12, 2016
71% Those People (2016) It's a well-made, solidly acted first feature with an easy-on-the-eyes cast.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2016
67% Little Boxes (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2016
76% Baskin (2016) [Baskin] offers little in the way of narrative involvement or scares but doesn't stint on sustained, stylized revulsion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2016
99% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
75% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
51% Genius (2016) The story of Perkins' collaboration and friendship with Wolfe remains stubbornly resistant both to drama and emotion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2016
85% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2016
84% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2016
89% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
23% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2016
43% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2016
55% 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
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2016
65% The Land (2016) An at-risk youth movie we've seen many times before in more authentic versions.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
91% Uncle Howard (2016) A tribute made all the more affecting by its quiet, contemplative approach.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
65% As You Are (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2016
82% Kiki (2017) 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
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
97% Little Men (2016) A deceptively small movie that sneaks up and slays you with its emotional authenticity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
96% 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
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2016
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
80% 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
45% 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
78% 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
74% 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
88% Paulina (La patota) (2017) 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
30% 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
72% 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
95% 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