David Kaplan

David Kaplan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Official Websites: kaplanvskaplan.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
43% Stuber (2019) With the right material, Nanjiani is as good as anyone working today. But not with this script. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
99% Maiden (2019) MAIDEN is a testament to the grit and determination of a group of women who ignored all the negative press, et al, of the time. And their incredible accomplishments can be witnessed for generations to come. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2019
63% Yesterday (2019) An energetic --- often frenetic --- hugely entertaining, crowd-pleasing cinematic experience you won't soon forget. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
98% Toy Story 4 (2019) So many funny lines and dialogue exchanges aimed at adults abound that young children will be perplexed as to why their parents are laughing. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
44% Hampstead (2019) Despite a good cast led by Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson, and although it's based on a true story, I didn't find anything about the movie very compelling. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
86% Pavarotti (2019) Ron Howard's production of PAVAROTTI is a perfect tribute to the man who was larger than life. And you do not have to be a fan of Pavarotti or opera in general to appreciate this splendid documentary. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
80% Late Night (2019) LATE NIGHT works because the writing is so solid, and Kaling and Thompson have terrific chemistry. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
55% Ma (2019) Ma is purposefully uneventful as we get to know these characters. But there is a haunting presence as this very effective horror film slowly and inexorably builds suspense. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
57% Aladdin (2019) The movie is filled with humor and action, and the three major production numbers are spectacularly performed and filmed. It is one of the best films so far in 2019. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
49% A Dog's Journey (2019) Director Gail Mancuso has infused this movie with heart and sensibility, and it revolves around the turns by Prescott and Lau. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
51% Tolkien (2019) Devout fans of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings" may not feel fulfilled with this movie. Instead TOLKIEN is a showcase for the writer's early years featuring a strong performance from Nicholas Hoult - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2019
71% All Is True (2019) Branagh gets to play the bard. And he truly doth bring William Shakespeare to life. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2019
81% Long Shot (2019) The most notable aspect of the film has us believing that a guy like Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) can actually end up with a woman like Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron). - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) If I think that AVENGERS: ENDGAME is an amazing and wholly entertaining event, imagine what the enthusiastic fan base of MCU will think? - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
30% Red Joan (2019) RED JOAN is totally dialogue-driven, but never dull. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
72% Teen Spirit (2019) Minghella knows how to sell his film as if it was, in fact, an actual reality show. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
65% Peterloo (2019) Leigh generates true suspense and that aching feeling of dread when we think we know what's coming --- and that it likely won't be pretty. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
46% Dumbo (2019) Burton has made a familiar story seem new. And DUMBO has a lot to say about human nature and how we should treat not only defenseless animals, but each other, as well. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
94% Us (2019) Jordan Peele's doppelgänger thriller Us will terrify movie audiences 50 years from now. It is certain to become a classic. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
94% The Mustang (2019) An uplifting story about hardened criminals working to tame wild horses doesn't automatically translate into a technically good movie. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 14, 2019
58% The Hummingbird Project (2019) This is a very ambitious film. Nguyen has taken what could have been a very dry subject and made it a character-driven adventure for moviegoers to enjoy. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
78% Captain Marvel (2019) You will believe that Brie Larson is, indeed, a superhero, and CAPTAIN MARVEL is superb entertainment. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2019
99% Apollo 11 (2019) We all know the outcome of APOLLO 11, yet the suspense is heart-pounding. You will never see a more fascinating 93 minutes of film. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Wonderful animation, great music, an all-star cast and a sweet story line --- what more could you ask for in a movie suitable for the whole family? - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2019
85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) It is truly a visual delight. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Hugely entertaining and well worth its estimated budget of $200 million. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
20% Serenity (2019) Go into this without expecting too much and the surprise could be acceptable. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
73% Adult Life Skills (2019) The film's key dramatic scene lacked the impact it might have had with a better build-up. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
62% A Dog's Way Home (2019) A DOG'S WAY HOME is an entertaining story that doesn't wear out its welcome at a brisk 96 minutes --- a true family film, although it probably helps to be a dog lover. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
78% Green Book (2018) Two extraordinary performances by Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, along with an exceptional script, make GREEN BOOK easily one of the best films of the year. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2019
74% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Jones' fearless portrayal is as good a turn by any female actress I have seen this year. I believe it should thrust Jones into the conversation of Best Actress nominees for 2018. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2018
33% Welcome to Marwen (2018) I promise that a viewing of WELCOME TO MARWEN will be quite unlike anything else you may have experienced at the movies. What I can't promise is that you will not walk out of the theatre. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
79% Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Only a grinch could find something wrong with MARY POPPINS RETURNS. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
70% The Mule (2018) Despite a couple of major flaws in the script of Clint Eastwood's latest film, THE MULE, I'm willing to overlook them because I was entertained by his performance as well as the plot. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Both Robbie and Ronan are sensational in their roles, particularly Ronan who has the lion's share of the two parts. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
62% Vox Lux (2018) The musical numbers are literally jaw-dropping and Portman's singing and gyrations make the film worth seeing. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
74% The Mercy (2018) Crowhurst's saga, even after managing to overcome serious obstacles, takes a rather shocking turn. But the reality is that moviegoers' expectations and hopes are not always fulfilled. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
93% The Favourite (2018) An unusually provocative presentation given the time frame and its place in history. Furthermore, the trio of actresses who anchor the story could not be better. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) John C. Reilly (Ralph) and Sarah Silverman (fearless speed demon Vanellope) are totally enchanting together. Their dialogue is witty, natural and down-to-earth. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) It's essentially a joyless story with only a smattering of humorous moments and not much in the way of suspense. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
59% The Grinch (2018) Parents can take their toddlers to this picture and not worry about anything too scary. Just don't expect much in the way of entertainment for adults. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2018
81% Boy Erased (2018) Lucas Hedges, the 22-year-old actor from MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (2016), for which he earned an Oscar nomination, proves that honor was no fluke with his powerful and sensitive portrayal in BOY ERASED. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2018
98% The Guilty (Den skyldige) (2018) The prolific Danish actor Cedergren must perform flawlessly to make this work --- and he does. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
66% Suspiria (2018) The film becomes such a gore fest of bloody events, it becomes laugh-inducing. Thus I can't even remotely call SUSPIRIA entertaining. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
100% Weed the People (2018) WEED THE PEOPLE will have moviegoers thinking much differently about methodologies if they know someone diagnosed with cancer. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2018
79% Halloween (2018) I will say the opening sequences are truly unnerving. However, the rest of the movie has a hard time living up to this ultra creepy "before-the-opening-credits" segment. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
69% Beautiful Boy (2018) Chalamet is --- pure and simple --- extraordinary, and there's no chance he will not be considered by Academy voters. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
87% First Man (2018) The film is a superb re-creation of the moon landing and all the facets of the project. FIRST MAN is a highly ambitious and fascinating effort. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
71% The Happy Prince (2018) From the impossibly impeccable cast to the costuming, to the fabulous score by Gabriel Yared, this is a film to devour for its honesty and intelligence. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
90% A Star Is Born (2018) Beautifully acted and intelligently written, A STAR IS BORN is an ambitious, even monumental achievement in filmmaking. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2018