David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Critics' Group:
Chicago Film Critics Association
Total Reviews:
670
Total QuickRatings:
84

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 51 - 100 of 670
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
76% The Invisible Woman (2013) " Jones is quite good and reason enough to invest a couple of hours in this film." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 24, 2014
56% Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) " Outside of a few action sequences, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is boring. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 17, 2014
11% The Nut Job (2014) " "The Nut Job" is a movie for parents to avoid sitting through with their kids." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 17, 2014
75% Lone Survivor (2014) " For battle-worn returnees of the struggles in Afghanistan, I suspect this film will trigger deep-seated memories of the military brotherhood they experienced, and the unspeakable losses they endured." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 10, 2014
64% August: Osage County (2013) " "August: Osage County" is not particularly uplifting, but the writing is so superior, and the cast so engaging, I can heartily recommend it." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 10, 2014
94% Her (2013) " Jonze's film could probably have been condensed into a half hour "Twilight Zone"-type episode, but I will admit that Phoenix, and especially the sultry voice of Scarlett, keep this feature length film intriguing. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 9, 2014
74% The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013) " "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" is a marvelous film that deserves Oscar consideration on many fronts, not just technical achievements. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jan 1, 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Director John Lee Hancock manages to induce great performances from his cast." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Dec 31, 2013
93% American Hustle (2013) " "American Hustle" is marginally entertaining, and ultimately not a satisfying movie-going experience. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Dec 31, 2013
76% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Leo's overall performance consists of an amazingly fierce array of emotions, and must be seen to be believed." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Dec 30, 2013
92% Philomena (2013) " Filled with richly comic human events, and deeply emotional scenarios, "Philomena" is one of the best films of the year. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 29, 2013
92% Nebraska (2013) " A slate of characters the Coen Brothers would admire." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 22, 2013
38% Delivery Man (2013) " Vaughn again finds himself in a comedy that doesn't click on all cylinders, and its attempts at poignancy come too little, too late. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 22, 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) " Lawrence exudes a certain combination of feistiness, confidence and beauty that could not be embodied by any other young actress working today. She is clearly the glue that holds this film franchise together." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 19, 2013
46% The Book Thief (2013) " It's apparent to me that this is one of those cases where the film version just can't match up to the (presumed) brilliance of the book." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 15, 2013
27% Charlie Countryman (2013) " One of these days Shia LaBeouf will find a script that is worthy of his considerable acting talent. "Charlie Countryman" is not that vehicle. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 15, 2013
93% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " McConaughey's earlier career consisting of fluff films seems like ancient history. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 8, 2013
65% Thor: The Dark World (2013) " The best part of "Thor: The Dark World" was watching Jeanne almost falling off her seat when the handsome Hemsworth doffs his top to reveal an amazingly chiseled physique. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 7, 2013
76% Kill Your Darlings (2013) " Radcliffe is clearly the headliner in this cast, but it's an admirable acting tour de force by a solid ensemble group. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 1, 2013
60% Ender's Game (2013) " If one can believe this supposition, then it is possible to buy into the idea of a scrawny, 98-pound weakling to be the planet's savior. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Nov 1, 2013
93% All Is Lost (2013) " "All is Lost" is a unique cinematic experience that should be seen on the big screen." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 25, 2013
35% The Counselor (2013) " The dialogue is crisp and refreshing, and even though the story is largely predictable, it still maintains its suspense and shock value. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 25, 2013
37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Despite its mostly frantic pacing and considerable ambition, it lacks true entertainment value because the aforementioned dilemma is not presented as a dire situation for the viewer." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 18, 2013
97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " The filmmakers strangely decided to introduce the film with a brief appearance by Ejiofor to proclaim the movie's value. That, along with the pre-Oscar buzz, was perhaps too much to live up to." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 18, 2013
29% Machete Kills (2013) " The bludgeoning can only go so far, and after the first hour, I'm thinking enough already." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 11, 2013
22% Romeo and Juliet (2013) " 'Tis a pity, but this lavish and exquisite production of Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" is marred by the very questionable casting of Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 11, 2013
93% Captain Phillips (2013) " Hanks' final scene, while being debriefed after his rescue by Navy SEALs, is palpably as emotional and disquieting as any several minutes recorded on film. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 11, 2013
48% Parkland (2013) " For those of us who vividly remember those four days in November 1963 as if it were yesterday, "Parkland" is a fascinating retelling of one of the darkest times in America. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 4, 2013
97% Gravity (2013) " "Gravity" is an instant contender for Best Picture at the 2014 Academy Awards. And the buzz around Bullock as a possible Best Actress nominee is legitimate and well-founded. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Oct 4, 2013
81% Don Jon (2013) " Joseph Gordon-Levitt has firmly cemented his place among Hollywood's elite." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Sep 28, 2013
89% Rush (2013) " If you're not a fan of Formula One or any other form of auto tracing --- as I am not --- it doesn't matter. Howard's movie is tense, thrilling and funny, and extremely well acted. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Sep 27, 2013
96% Enough Said (2013) " The late actor's final screen appearance is proof of his versatility in front of the camera." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Sep 26, 2013
35% Salinger (2013) " Whether you have read "The Catcher in the Rye" before, or forgotten what you read years ago, or never picked up the book at all, this documentary may compel you to find a copy." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Sep 23, 2013
82% Prisoners (2013) " Told in explosive, spine-tingling fashion with extraordinary performances from an all-star cast." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Sep 20, 2013
29% The Family (2013) " The Blakes are hardly sympathetic figures, so when their lives are threatened, I began to silently root for their demise, if it promised to hasten the movie's end." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Sep 13, 2013
42% Closed Circuit (2013) " The film will never reach classic status like "All The President's Men" or "The Falcon and the Snowman", but it's well orchestrated by director John Crowley. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 29, 2013
89% The World's End (2013) " "The World's End", albeit borrowing somewhat from past movies, is as original as it is funny." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 23, 2013
29% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) " This film will find its audience, no doubt, but here's hoping the stunts on display find no copycats." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 17, 2013
26% Planes (2013) " This is not an animated film that adults will find very intriguing." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 9, 2013
68% Elysium (2013) " When the best parts of a science fiction film are its set designs, that's not a good thing. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 9, 2013
47% We're The Millers (2013) " It's worth it to suffer through every Adam Sandler clunker if just occasionally a clever script like "We're the Millers" comes along." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 7, 2013
91% Blue Jasmine (2013) " Woody writes and directs, but does not appear in his own movie. Instead, he has imbued Blanchett's character, Jasmine, with all the neurotic, distraught and unstable tendencies that Allen usually reserves for himself." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Aug 4, 2013
69% The Wolverine (2013) " The good in this film only slightly outweighs the tiresome." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jul 26, 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013) " It is a total pleasure, a rare treat, to listen and watch old footage of these indispensable performers belt out their melodies and harmonies. They are truly pioneers that helped shape the world of music for generations to come." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jul 13, 2013
7% Grown Ups 2 (2013) " "Grown Ups 2"... will be hard to top as worst film of 2013, and is an instant contender for most worthless movie of the decade." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jul 13, 2013
95% A Hijacking (2013) " "A Hijacking", if eligible, is an early contender for Best Foreign film at the 2014 Academy Awards." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jul 8, 2013
85% The Way Way Back (2013) " Sam Rockwell deserves consideration for a Best Supporting Actor nomination --- he is that good. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jul 7, 2013
30% The Lone Ranger (2013) " A rousing opening sequence, plus the stirring William Tell Overture at the end of "The Lone Ranger", are not enough to compensate for the disappointing middle of the film. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jul 4, 2013
65% The Heat (2013) " Directed by Paul Feig, who helmed "Bridesmaids", "The Heat" plays the tired FBI vs. local authorities card, as in, who has the jurisdiction? Feig cleary struck gold with "Bridesmaids". Unfortunately his magic touch is mostly uninspired here. " — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jun 28, 2013
84% Much Ado About Nothing (2013) " Even if thou dost not much care for Will Shakespeare's style, methinks The Bard himself would approve mightily of this paean to his comedic work, "Much Ado About Nothing"." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jun 21, 2013
60% The Bling Ring (2013) " I can recommend the movie not because it's a great film, but because it realistically documents the arrogance and audacity of a group of misguided, selfish and spoiled teenagers." — Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Posted Jun 21, 2013
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