Dan Tabor

Dan Tabor
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Dan Tabor has been covering the Philly film scene and reviewing film in the City of Brotherly Love for over a decade now. He's the Film Critic at Phawker.com, a Philly based curated news/culture/commentary site and a staff writer at Cinapse.Co, an Austin, TX based film blog. When not writing about film, he is one of the hosts on the official Philadelphia Film Critics Circle podcast, Film Scribes.
Publications: Cinapse, Phawker

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
70% Horse Girl (2020) Worth it for Brie's emotionally charged exploration of this character that takes the actress known more for her comedic chops to some pretty bleak places. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2020
92% Leap of Faith (2019) Not influenced by ego or career, Friedkin is sincere and matter of fact as he gives the definitive oral history of one of the scariest films ever made. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
63% Gretel & Hansel (2020) Gretel and Hansel is an eerily effective slow burn that utilizes the tropes of horror to weave a densely layered coming-of-age fairy tale. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2020
89% 1917 (2020) The film at times is so overwhelmed by its gimmick and its need to push an almost non-existent narrative, that it sacrifices the connective tissue between the audience to keep upping the ante. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) The Grudge isn't great but it's not terrible either, the makings of a good film is there just below the surface, only it feels incomplete. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Sure it's campy and a bit goofy but it's the right direction for these films and the right audience to target since Godzilla belongs to the monster kids, both young and old. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
93% Us (2019) Simultaneously terrifying and hilarious, Us is a popcorn movie with the depth and gravity of Kubrick and the hair-raising suspense of peak Hitchcock. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
81% The Platform (El Hoyo) (2019) Thanks to its shocking and cerebral nature, is sure to be a new genre standard. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
85% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space is a slow controlled descent into madness that enraptures the viewer with its nihilistic glow. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The big question you can't help but asking after watching Zombieland 2 is was this film really necessary? About 10 years ago, this film would have been a no-brainer, but now it feels a bit more like a nostalgia exercise. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
80% Jojo Rabbit (2019) Waititi masterfully intermixes this wide-eyed coming of age tale with the grim realities of war. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
96% The Irishman (2019) With a script that is nothing short of a master work, coupled with an intricate sense of production design and cinematography style, there is a filmmaking language here that is unmistakably deliberate. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
No Score Yet I Spit on Your Grave: Deja Vu (2019) Zarchi delivers a brutal gut-wrenching sequel that is bound to be divisive among fans, but genuinely feels like the only way to continue this story while being true to original. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
87% The Nightingale (2019) Kent, here turns in a sophomore effort that solidifies her as a powerful voice in film thanks to not only her vision, but the fearless performances led by Aisling Franciosi that is simply gut-wrenching to watch. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
42% Girls with Balls (2019) The horror comedy is probably one of the hardest nuts to crack, and I feel like Afonso and his ensemble of badass ladies nailed it here, delivering the laughs and gore heaping portions. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
20% Cats (2019) The longer I watched this two hour cinematic car crash, I could begin to see inspired shards of a what could have been a masterpiece in the twisted carnage flickering in that darkened theater. - Cinapse EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
95% Marriage Story (2019) Marriage Story drops Baumbach's trademark comedic quirkiness and embraces a much more melancholic tone in this raw and intimate character study of two individuals. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
4.5/5 97% Knives Out (2019) Rian Johnson has crafted an edge of your seat mystery that is bitingly relevant as it is clever. Armed with a stellar cast and an irreverent, meticulously-paced script, Johnson has crafted a new genre classic. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems is tense, sleaze-filled trip through the dark underbelly of New York's Jeweler's Row. Sandler is gloriously unhinged on screen in what is hands-down the performance of his lifetime. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019
2.5/5 52% Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) The crux of this dense narrative is a string of reveals that work at the cost of coherence and continuity with everything that has come before. - Phawker EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2019