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David Rooney

Chief Film Critic

As Chief Film Critic, David Rooney reviews the latest releases and premieres from major festivals including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. He was formerly THR’s Chief Theater Critic and continues to review Broadway when time permits. Based in New York City, he is a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics and New York Drama Critics Circle. Prior to joining THR, he was Chief Italian Correspondent for Variety before moving to New York, where he became Chief Theater Critic. Rooney's work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone. He has served on the nominating panel for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple times for the Gotham Awards. David’s writing for THR has won three Southern California Journalism Awards and a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award.

More from David Rooney

‘Stereophonic’ Theater Review: David Adjmi’s Audaciously Original Play Is a Transfixing Look at Building Art Out of Emotional Wreckage

Daniel Aukin’s lauded production, featuring new songs by Will Butler of Arcade Fire, transfers to Broadway with its gifted ensemble of actor-musicians intact.

‘Nowhere Special’ Review: James Norton Brings Raw Feeling to Intimate Father-Son Drama

Inspired by a real-life adoption case, Uberto Pasolini’s Northern Ireland-set tearjerker follows a single parent with a terminal illness as he seeks a new family to raise his four-year-old boy.

‘The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare’ Review: Henry Cavill and Alan Ritchson in Guy Ritchie’s Slapdash Tale of WWII Derring-Do

Eiza González, Alex Pettyfer and Henry Golding also star in the semi-fictionalized account of a covert mission unofficially mandated by Churchill to neutralize Nazi U-boats in the North Atlantic.

‘Challengers’ Review: Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist Make a Sizzling Trio in Luca Guadagnino’s Sexy Grand Slam

Complicated interpersonal history gets tangled with the competitive drive of pro tennis in this intense round of action on and off the court.

‘An Enemy of the People’ Review: Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli Set Off Sparks in Visceral Distillation of 1882 Ibsen Drama

Sam Gold directs the Broadway revival in a new adaptation by Amy Herzog, who penned last year’s scorching update of the Norwegian dramatist’s ‘A Doll’s House.’

‘Shirley’ Review: Regina King Is Formidable in Solid Political Bio That Only Sometimes Matches Its Subject’s Passion

Lance Reddick, Lucas Hedges and Terrence Howard also star in John Ridley’s Netflix drama chronicling Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

‘Omni Loop’ Review: Mary-Louise Parker and Ayo Edebiri Bring Depth and Vulnerability to Moving Existential Sci-Fi

Bernardo Britto’s drama set in the near future follows unlikely collaborators puzzling over time travel while one of them remains stuck in the same five days on repeat.

‘I Don’t Understand You’ Review: Nick Kroll and Andrew Rannells Make a Winsome Couple in Entertaining Gaycation Comedy

The stars play adoptive parents waiting for the mother of what they hope will be their child to give birth while they take an anniversary trip to Italy.

‘High Tide’ Review: An Undocumented Immigrant Finds a Reprieve From His Lonely Limbo in Tender Queer Drama

Marco Pigossi stars as a Brazilian adrift in late-summer Provincetown in writer-director Marco Calvani’s debut, which also features Marisa Tomei and Bill Irwin.

‘Cold Wallet’ Review: Raúl Castillo Is Compelling as a Desperate Financial Scam Victim in Tense Vigilante Thriller

Melonie Diaz, Tony Cavalero and Josh Brener also star in Cutter Hodierne’s account of a Robin Hood heist and the crypto criminal playing mind games with his assailants.

‘Ricky Stanicky’ Review: Zac Efron and John Cena in Peter Farrelly’s Tired Throwback to ’90s Chaos Comedy

Three friends get more than they bargained for when they hire a low-rent celebrity impersonator to pose as the imaginary buddy who has served as their scapegoat since childhood.

Oscars 2024: Who Will Win, Should Win

Best Picture WILL WIN: Oppenheimer The Zone of Interest, Poor Things, Anatomy of a Fall, The Holdovers and Barbie each have many admirers, but Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece has swept the entire awards season, and there’s no reason to believe it will be stopped now. It’s a period piece that still feels urgent, stars popular actors […]