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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
58% Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) If ever a comedy cried out for tight 85-minute treatment that keeps the gags pinging fast enough to disguise the thin sketch material at its core, it's this hit-or-miss two-hour feature.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
40% Irresistible (2020) Taken on its own terms, however, this buoyantly funny comedy offers lip-smacking entertainment that will surprise many with its skewering of both sides.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
86% Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy (2020) There's considerable insight here into the rigors of training at the prestigious academy, and admiring reflections from a number of the subject's famous former students...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2020
10% Artemis Fowl (2020) Not entirely foul, but a charmless chore.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) Structural flaws notwithstanding, this movie is a gift right now, and there's no other director that could have made it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2020
95% The Surrogate (2020) There are no movie-of-the-week histrionics here, and zero moralizing... just perceptive, thoroughly absorbing, granular adult drama based on difficult questions to which there are no right or wrong answers, let alone easy ones.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2020
76% Amulet (2020) Smart and stylish, with fun detours into lurid excess.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2020
No Score Yet Milkwater (2020) A shaky first trimester but a satisfying delivery.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
100% I'm No Longer Here (Ya no estoy aquí) (2019) An uneven but original take on immigrant displacement.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 26, 2020
70% The High Note (2020) Even a formulaic patchwork of repurposed ideas from better movies can be fun.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 25, 2020
64% Castle in the Ground (2019) Just say no.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
40% Capone (2020) Capone is definitely an unconventional take on the twilight of a notorious gangster. Alas, it's not an interesting one, although the borderline self-parodying Method madness of Tom Hardy's performance does kind of demand to be seen.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 11, 2020
57% Valley Girl (2020) A totally bitchin' guilty pleasure.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
99% Miss Juneteenth (2020) Imbued with a lovely sense of place and community, this is a low-key film, leisurely perhaps to a fault and dramatically a tad too mellow, though observed with a keen eye for the small details of ordinary lives that elevates the material.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 5, 2020
No Score Yet Cowboys (2020) Uneven but original and captivating.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted May 1, 2020
58% All Day and a Night (2020) An earnest but unrewarding disappointment.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
26% Dangerous Lies (Windfall) (2020) Silly but watchable.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2020
71% Pacified (Pacificado) (2019) While the overlong film doesn't sustain the surging vitality of its establishing scenes, this is a textured snapshot of complicated lives, imbued with an enveloping sense of place.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2020
90% The Willoughbys (2020) There's a lot going on in The Willoughbys, yet if you can get on board with its manic energy and accelerated plotting, the Netflix animated family comedy-adventure has an oddball charm that works surprisingly well.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
73% The Wretched (2020) [T]his chiller about a malevolent force emerging from the woods to prey on the children of a lakeside town keeps you in its grip from start to finish.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2020
100% Asia (2020) The maturity of the directorial voice is evident in its clear-eyed, rigorously unsentimental assessment of a shattering situation.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2020
No Score Yet Sublet (2020) A modest property, worth the rental.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
No Score Yet Stardust (2020) Stardust is a mostly listless odyssey, its lack of excitement compounded by the absence of Bowie's music.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2020
100% Pray Away (2020) A sobering account of Christian intervention rooted in toxic homophobia.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2020
31% Love Wedding Repeat (2020) Claflin is agreeable enough, but he's no Hugh Grant. His hair's just not floppy enough, to begin with.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2020
70% We Summon the Darkness (2020) An appealing cast and slick period production values make this an entertaining enough retro bloodbath.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2020
83% I'll Meet You There (2020) Raincheck.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2020
83% Minyan (2020) Somber and affecting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2020
88% Onward (2020) The majority of Pixar's films are special for one reason or another. Which makes the generic bro humor and familiar Dungeons & Dragons role-play vibe of Onward a let-down.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
92% Be Water (2020) All this is endlessly absorbing even if Lee's humanity, the one aspect the doc maintains he longed to carve out more scope for onscreen, remains somewhat opaque.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
100% We Are Freestyle Love Supreme (2020) It's warm and personal, but sharp enough to know when to show a few bumps in the road of the mutual admiration society.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2020
70% The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) This lean, bruising exploration of the minefield of an imperiled marriage should put its filmmaker on the map while also elevating the stock of its terrific lead actors, who never hit a false note.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
73% Lost Girls (2020) The intention to show how the justice system failed these forgotten women is honorable, but the dramatic execution is lacking.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2020
70% The Last Shift (2020) This funny-sad chamber piece is underwhelming in cinematic terms, but its perceptive script and the incisively etched characterizations of a sterling ensemble make it warmly satisfying.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
92% Tesla (2020) An aptly livewire account of an unknowable outsider whose ideas about a world connected by wireless technology now make him seem like a field-leading visionary.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2020
100% Relic (2020) Relic takes its time, but exerts an ever-tightening hold on the imagination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
56% Blast Beat (2020) There's plenty of potential here to bring original insights to the immigrant experience, but not enough skill in the plotting or execution to tap into it.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
88% Black Bear (2020) A darkly playful deconstruction of the indie filmmaking process that digs into the artist-muse dynamic and the power structures in relationships, constantly teasing the viewer as to what's real and what's part of the writer character's imagination.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
38% Downhill (2020) The superficial characterization of a miscast Will Ferrell doesn't help, but the more crippling issue is the filmmakers' fumbling grasp of tone in material that just seems a poor fit.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
100% The Truffle Hunters (2020) Watching a gourmet buyer reverently smell and taste a choice example of their finds, shaved over a simple fried egg to strains of Tosca, no less, will have you salivating.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
80% Summer White (Blanco de Verano) (2020) This taut first narrative feature is virtually a romantic-triangle scenario, its heat, anger and hurt persuasively played by a fine trio of actors.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
73% The Glorias (2020) It's a testament to the complexity of the subject and her positivity even in the face of the most culturally entrenched caveman attitudes that we come away from this flawed, chaotic film with a warm appreciation for her...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% Welcome to Chechnya (2020) Whether or not you identify as queer, Welcome to Chechnya will leave you shaken by the evidence of an amoral autocracy taking extreme action under the hypocritical guise of religious purity.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
44% Four Good Days (2020) Persuasively acted, compassionately observed and thoroughly unsurprising, this is well-intentioned material that never quite gets beyond its inspired-by-a-true-story, issue-driven TV movie-of-the-week template.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2020
100% The Go-Go's (2020) Backed by a wealth of video footage, archival photographs and gig posters, Ellwood captures the determination with which the band thrust itself forward, neither glossing over nor digging too deep into the hint of ruthlessness with which early members...‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
99% Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Hittman's storytelling is seductively loose, impressionistic, but key episodes give shape to the girls' unsettling odyssey.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
54% Bad Hair (2020) Despite many deliriously enjoyable sequences, this is thin material, only fitfully funny, messily executed and more silly than scary, which makes it bit of a disappointment.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
82% Cuties (Mignonnes) (2020) The elements are put in place... But Doucouré doesn't quite thread those strands into a satisfying conclusion.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2020
21% Cats (2019) I found it all exhausting.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
94% Little Women (2019) Gerwig has taken a treasured perennial of popular American literature and reshaped it for a new generation, which should give the captivating film a long shelf life.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2019