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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

The Hollywood Reporter Critics Pick the 20 Best Films of Cannes 2023

Favorites included Scorsese’s wrenching true-crime epic, two riveting French courtroom dramas, a chilling Holocaust film like no other, a handcrafted Moroccan documentary, and the latest from veteran auteurs Aki Kaurismaki, Wim Wenders and Victor Erice.

‘La Chimera’ Review: Josh O’Connor Is Superb as a Haunted Man in Alice Rohrwacher’s Beguiling Tomb-Raider Tale

Blending folklore, dreams, superstition and unvarnished realism, the new film follows ‘The Wonders’ and ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ in the director’s triptych set around her Italian birthplace.

‘Perfect Days’ Review: Wim Wenders Finds Beauty in the Quotidian in Exquisite Japanese Drama About Gratitude

Distinguished screen veteran Koji Yakusho plays a middle-aged Tokyo man who has pared down his life to a routine of service and small pleasures in this delicate character study.

Critic’s Appreciation: Tina Turner, Survivor and Supernova

With her talent, ecstatic magnetism and resilience, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer made a lasting impact on pop culture across seven decades.

‘A Brighter Tomorrow’ Review: Nanni Moretti Gets Nostalgic About Cinema, Politics and Himself in a Meta-Memoir Strictly for Fans

A Palme d’Or winner in 2001 for ‘The Son’s Room,’ the Italian director returns to the auto-fiction that first put him on the international map with ‘Dear Diary.’

‘Asteroid City’ Review: Scarlett Johansson Leads Stacked Ensemble That Gets Marooned in Cloying Wes Anderson Whimsy

New additions to the director’s informal repertory company in this cosmic comedy about love, family and precocious geniuses also include Tom Hanks, Steve Carell, Hong Chau and Margot Robbie.

‘Lost in the Night’ Review: Amat Escalante’s Class-Inequality Mystery Has Potent Elements Without Much Genre Heat

The unsolved disappearance of an anti-mining activist in small-town Central Mexico prompts her son to gain insider access to a famous local family he suspects may be involved.

‘Fallen Leaves’ Review: Aki Kaurismäki Is in Vintage Form With a Tragicomedy That Glimmers Like a Jewel in the Dust

The Finnish master’s first film in six years is an extension of his early ‘Proletariat Trilogy,’ following two lonely blue-collar people stumbling toward what could be love.

‘Firebrand’ Review: Alicia Vikander and Jude Law Rule in Karim Aïnouz’s Whip-Smart Historical Drama Bristling With Court Intrigue

Adapted from the novel ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ by Elizabeth Freemantle, the film portrays Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife Katherine Parr as she attempts to avoid the chopping block.

‘The Breaking Ice’ Review: Three Young Chinese Adults in Limbo Connect in Anthony Chen’s Poignant Gen Z Drama

Set against the icy landscape of Yanji, near the North Korean border, the intimate film traces the path of an outsider trio from malaise to spiritual freedom.

‘May December’ Review: Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore Dazzle, But Todd Haynes’ Drama Is Too Detached for Its Own Good

An actress preparing for a biographical movie role gains access to a couple whose sizable age gap made tabloid headlines 20 years earlier in this multilayered drama, also starring Charles Melton.

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ Review: Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone Lead Martin Scorsese’s Searing True-Crime Epic

Robert DeNiro also stars in the epic adaptation of David Grann’s true-crime book about the Osage Murders, with a supporting cast that includes Jesse Plemons, John Lithgow and Brendan Fraser.