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

Bessie (2015)

"This is a smartly observed, understated biographical drama that sidesteps hagiography and treats its complex subject with integrity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2015

In the Name of My Daughter (2015)

"While the film has infinite problems, casting is key among them." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted May 11, 2015

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
Posted May 4, 2015

Gerontophilia (2015)

"This tonally uncertain romance is both surprisingly conventional and tame." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Apr 27, 2015

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
Posted Apr 27, 2015

Lambert & Stamp (2015)

"A wonderfully alive behind-the-music chronicle that rescues two genuine mavericks from the footnotes of rock history." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 30, 2015

52 Tuesdays (2015)

"The sensitively observed drama is distinguished by its structurally adventurous approach and the intimacy of its storytelling." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 23, 2015

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
Posted Mar 18, 2015

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
Posted Mar 3, 2015

An Honest Liar (2015)

"Intriguing stuff." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Mar 3, 2015

Cinderella (2015)

"Anyone nostalgic for childhood dreams of transformation will find something to enjoy in an uplifting movie that invests warm sentiment in universal themes of loss and resilience, experience and maturity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 13, 2015

Woman in Gold (2015)

"While Helen Mirren elevates the material with her usual aplomb and the events being depicted inevitably are stirring, this is a stodgy crusade-for-justice drama, directed and written with minimal flair." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 9, 2015

Life (2015)

"Life doesn't deliver on its considerable promise." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 9, 2015

Mr. Holmes (2015)

"The film represents an agreeably old-fashioned alternative to all the modernized reinventions of Arthur Conan Doyle's venerable detective in recent years." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 7, 2015

Queen of the Desert (2015)

"A passionless trudge that lacks both sweep and psychological complexity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 6, 2015

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014)

"It's not uninteresting but too self-consciously arty to rank Decker as a mature filmmaking voice." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Feb 4, 2015
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Larry Kramer in Love and Anger (2015)

"A generous salute to the unfiltered firebrand whose impassioned outspokenness helped break institutional inaction during the AIDS crisis." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 31, 2015

The Hallow (The Woods) (2015)

"[A] viscerally scary fantasy horror tale ..." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 29, 2015

Partisan (2015)

"Conventional narrative detail is certainly not a requirement, and many directors can sustain a movie based on little more than suggestion and mood. But Partisan begins to feel like a short film treatment stretched beyond its limits." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 28, 2015

Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2016)

"The balance of humanistic and ethnographic filmmaking with poignant, often seemingly unscripted drama has many rewards." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 28, 2015

Zipper (2015)

"There's neither topicality nor bite in this bland pseudo-thriller, which lathers on composer H. Scott Salinas' high-suspense score like shower gel after sweaty sex, yet rarely musters an ounce of genuine tension." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 27, 2015

Unexpected (2015)

"Swanberg moves into more conventional though quite satisfying territory with a personal exploration of the anticipation and anxieties encountered on the road to maternity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2015

Take Me To The River (2016)

"Despite its sharp visuals and evocative sense of place, the unevenly acted film never quite builds enough atmospheric dread to distract from its characters' somewhat implausible behavior." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2015

I Smile Back (2015)

"Not to trivialize the brutal experience of anyone in the grip of chronic depression, but the film becomes a thankless and repetitive exercise in emotional pornography." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2015

Grandma (2015)

"A sublime match of performer and role." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2015

Girlhood (2015)

"Where many filmmakers would have underlined the bleaker, harsher aspects, Girlhood presents the characters' grim reality without surrendering its lightness of touch, its compassion or its hope." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 26, 2015

Tangerine (2015)

"It's the warmth and absence of judgment or condescension toward its marginalized characters that make Sean Baker's film such a vibrant and uplifting snapshot." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 25, 2015

Mississippi Grind (2015)

"A meandering road movie enriched by its fine-grained study of character and milieu, but somewhat lethargic and momentum-deprived in terms of narrative." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2015

Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)

"Strong performances from Saoirse Ronan and Cynthia Nixon keep Stockholm, Pennsylvania intense and absorbing, but Nicole Beckwith's initial impulse to tell her confinement story as a stage play feels as if it might have been a sounder choice." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 24, 2015

The End Of The Tour (2015)

"This is no conventional biodrama about the tortured artist, but very much the film that lovers of Wallace's dazzlingly perspicacious fiction and essays would want." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2015

The Overnight (2015)

"There's a breezy spirit and an agreeable touch of tenderness to the movie that makes it hard not to like, even if it never accumulates much substance." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2015

James White (2015)

"A viscerally acted drama whose rich visual and sonic textures intensify the plunge into the title character's messy life." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 23, 2015

Song One (2015)

"The mellow chemistry between Hathaway and Flynn fits the mood of the film, even if their characters' tentative relationship could use more tangible conflict. A touch more humor wouldn't have hurt, either." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Wild Tales (2015)

"Szifron's voice is nonetheless very much his own, a mischievously blunt response to a culture of inescapable corruption, economic and social inequality and injustice." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Appropriate Behavior (2015)

"The slender, seemingly autobiographical film has its share of neurotic charms and funny one-liners, but it's too tentative about digging into its identity conflicts -- sexual or cultural." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2015

Still Life (2015)

"The fragile film's bid for poignancy is so aggressive and its sensitivity so studied that it eventually drowns in syrupy banality." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 12, 2015

It's All So Quiet (2015)

"An affectingly understated work of miniaturist portraiture graced by a beautiful performance from the late Dutch actor Jeroen Willems." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Jan 7, 2015

Into the Woods (2014)

"This twisty fairy-tale mash-up shows an appreciation for the virtues of old-fashioned storytelling, along with a welcome dash of subversive wit." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 16, 2014

Annie (2014)

"The sun'll come out tomorrow, by which time this toxic mess should be forgotten." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Dec 14, 2014

The Babadook (2014)

"This is a different kind of nail-biter that has less to do with demonic possession than with the renegade power of an untamed imagination." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Nov 23, 2014

Point and Shoot (2014)

"[A] suspenseful, densely edited five-year chronicle." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 27, 2014

Before I Disappear (2014)

"This is a posey, abrasive drama, though one that's stylishly made and acted with more conviction than the script merits." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 24, 2014

Housebound (2014)

"A welcome return to quirky Kiwi horror comedy with a juicy payoff." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Felony (2014)

"Directed with contained intensity and sharp character observation by Matthew Saville, the brooding thriller covers familiar territory but does so with sustained tension and psychological complexity." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 13, 2014

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

"In order to subvert any popular form, entertainment first has to work on its own terms. Goddard and Whedon are too busy geeking out to bother with those requirements." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Oct 6, 2014

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2012)

"Hartley's film is consistently entertaining, if somewhat one-note." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Bad Turn Worse (2014)

"Lean, mean and highly watchable -- a genre exercise that introduces a promising directing team who already show considerable command of their craft." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 22, 2014

Keep On Keepin' On (2014)

"[A] lovingly made first-hand account." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 19, 2014

The Riot Club (Posh) (2015)

"While the dark drama is never dull, its portrait of upper-crust entitlement run amok is seldom surprising either." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 18, 2014

Stop The Pounding Heart (2014)

"A modest film made with an authenticity that commands respect, Stop the Pounding Heart adopts fundaments of neorealism and cinema verite to consider issues of faith, family and personal conviction." ‐ Hollywood Reporter
Posted Sep 16, 2014