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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
100% The Irishman (2019) Martin Scorsese, reunites with his most totemic screen actor to tell a sprawling gangland saga that's by turns flinty, amusing and richly nostalgic. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
71% I Am Woman (2019) [T]he movie's considerable appeal is more unassuming, derived from the respect and affection of director Unjoo Moon's treatment and especially from the relaxed charisma of Tilda Cobham-Hervey's empathetic lead performance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
100% Two of Us (Deux) (2019) This is a smart movie that starts from a relatively simple yet captivating premise and then steadily gains in complexity as it develops. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
61% Harriet (2019) If the movie doesn't escape the hagiographic trap of the reverent biopic, it nonetheless will move audiences with a taste for large-canvas inspirational drama. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
30% Endings, Beginnings (2019) The movie aims to make Daphne's journey raw and real, but mostly it's just insipid. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
99% Knives Out (2019) A delicious throwback to the all-star whodunit, this juicy comedy thriller is a treat from start to finish, which should make it a sizeable hit for Lionsgate. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
78% Jungleland (2019) It's a story cut from familiar cloth that's absorbing enough but never quite escapes its whiff of cliché. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2019
83% True History of the Kelly Gang (2019) A raw rebel yell of a movie that combines visceral violence with a kind of delirious, scrappy poetry. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2019
100% Moffie (2019) It's often tough to watch, but that harshness is mitigated by moments of aching tenderness and desire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
89% Corpus Christi (Boze Cialo) (2019) Not quite a religious experience, but original and absorbing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
100% Babyteeth (2019) Takes a maddening route to a satisfying destination. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
44% Guest of Honour (2019) [An] over-plotted soap... continues the mystifying career drift of the once-interesting Canadian auteur, Atom Egoyan. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2019
70% The King (2019) A stirringly lucid drama that balances its muscular and contemplative sides with unerring judgment, harnessing quietly commanding performances to reflect on the vainglorious folly of power and "the doleful weight of war." - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2019
14% American Skin (2019) The film becomes a series of familiar character types all getting their turn to talk. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
41% Wasp Network (2019) Wasp Network is a big, handsomely shot movie with a strong cast and stunning location work. But it's also a knotty tangle of endless back and forth between too many characters, situations and settings to make for satisfying storytelling. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2019
82% Ema (2019) A work of self-conscious experimentalism that's too stilted and distancing to invite involvement, it gets some mileage out of the pulsating rhythms of reggaetón street dance but otherwise is so fragmented it lacks forward motion. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
68% Joker (2019) Not to discredit the imaginative vision of the writer-director, his co-scripter and invaluable tech and design teams, but Phoenix is the prime force that makes Joker such a distinctively edgy entry in the Hollywood comics industrial complex. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
89% First Cow (2020) While not a lot happens in First Cow by the standards of most two-hour narrative films, and some may wish for a less open-ended conclusion, the drama's rough-edged lyricism kept me rapt the entire time. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% Citizen K (2019) Khodorkovsky is a charismatic subject with a still-mischievous twinkle in his eye even after serving ten years in a Siberian prison, making him a marvelously ambiguous antihero for documentary treatment. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
100% The Australian Dream (2019) A sobering but emotional reminder of unresolved history. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
42% Seberg (2019) Stewart keeps you glued throughout, giving a coolly compelling performance that becomes steadily more poignant as the subject unravels. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
81% The Truth (La vérité) (2019) It has the playful lightness of touch, the wit and warmth that are an essential part of the Kore-eda signature; it's also an affectionate ode to French cinema itself... - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) An exhaustive, emotional testament to the musical's staying power as popular entertainment and its extraordinary thematic reach. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
100% Label Me (2019) A sexy, atmospheric mood piece that marks German writer-director Kai Kreuser as a talent to watch. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
No Score Yet Oray (2018) A complex consideration of the tricky byways of devout faith, driven by a powerful central performance. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2019
21% Chicuarotes (2019) An exhausting misfire. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
94% A Sun That Never Sets (Fire Will Come) (O Que Arde) (2019) Takes time to ignite but sparks a powerful blaze. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2019
85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood is uneven, unwieldy in its structure and not without its flat patches. But it's also a disarming and characteristically subversive love letter to its inspiration. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2019
61% Frankie (2019) Alongside the magnetic Isabelle Huppert in a role that draws with equal grace from her well of dry humor, flinty intelligence, diva hauteur and internalized sorrow, there are affecting moments to savor also from... a solid ensemble cast. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
92% The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão (A vida invisível de Eurídice Gusmão) (2019) An affecting portrait of sisterhood divided. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
93% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers confirms his instant reputation as a master of the New England Gothic with this claustrophobic second feature. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2019
100% 5B (2019) A moving study in courage and compassion, albeit with some heavy-handed touches. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
82% Port Authority (2019) Port Authority is a little fragile in terms of its narrative skeleton, at times tending to idle in place when it ought to be moving forward, but the film's characters and world are drawn with immersive engagement, and the mood is transfixing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2019
No Score Yet The Staggering Girl (2019) Haute couture connoisseurs may swoon, but anyone sifting for meaning in the oblique fragments of Michael Mitnick's screenplay will find fewer rewards. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
89% Rocketman (2019) It's largely to the credit of star Taron Egerton, who leans fearlessly into the role's wild excesses, that the movie remains airborne. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
74% Sorry We Missed You (2019) A drama of such searing human empathy and quotidian heartbreak that its powerful climactic scenes actually impede your breathing. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
93% You Don't Nomi (2019) You Don't Nomi makes a compelling case that the much-maligned pop-culture landmark can be judged as either tawdry rubbish or subversive comic triumph. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
47% Dumbo (2019) The filmmaker's overstuffed visual imagination and appetite for sinister gloom all but trample the enchantment of a tale that, at heart, is simple and whimsical. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
89% Saint Frances (2019) The film has enough modest charms to connect with audiences similarly navigating the bridge between youthful detachment and grounded adulthood. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2019
100% Goldie (2019) Suspension between can-do spirit and come-down reality pumps blood into the irrepressible heart of this scrappy tale, along with the natural charisma of model Slick Woods, making a disarming feature debut in the title role. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
100% Flesh Out (2019) Lead actor Deiche, drawing on her own experience, conveys the internal conflict slowly building in Verida, communicating mostly with her expressive eyes. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
33% Farewell to the Night (L'Adieu a la nuit) (2019) Oddly ineffectual considering the explosive subject matter. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
No Score Yet All My Loving (Geschwister) (2019) Has as much teeth and personality as a gummy bear. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
95% Ghost Town Anthology (2019) Probably too subdued for genre fans and too psychologically thin for those with artier inclinations, the low-key mood piece nonetheless has enough ambiguity to keep you watching. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
No Score Yet Hellhole (2019) The film withholds as much as it divulges. But it also contains surprising moments of raw feeling, and not just through the actors, all of whom are fully committed to Devos' indirect approach. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
78% Mr. Jones (2019) [A] riveting core story is bookended by anesthetizing bloat, in a densely cluttered treatment by first-time screenwriter Andrea Chalupa that simply doesn't know when to make a point and move on. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
40% The Operative (2019) Writer-director Yuval Adler connects the dots of the convoluted plot with reasonable clarity, but The Operative only intermittently builds suspense. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2019
74% Light of My life (2019) A respectable debut, with more depth of feeling than originality. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2019
91% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) (2019) This is a social justice film made with purposeful conviction and a quiet, never strident, sense of indignation. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
7% The Kindness of Strangers (2019) The capable actors do what they can, but audiences are more likely to glaze over than share the qualities of mercy and compassion so dutifully stitched into this diagrammatic patchwork. - Hollywood Reporter EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019