David Kaplan

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

movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
59% 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
21% 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
58% 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
80% 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
72% 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
32% 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
78% 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
62% 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
59% 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
94% 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
89% 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
57% 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
99% 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
64% 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
88% 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
70% 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
67% The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018) Director Eli Roth, who first distinguished himself with the highly successful CABIN FEVER sixteen years ago, is rapidly becoming the king of horror in Hollywood. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
87% Colette (2018) Most significantly, this movie represents Knightley's finest hour as an actress. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2018
72% The Children Act (2018) McEwan's script and Thompson's nuanced turn provide insight into human events not normally captured on TV or film in the name of entertainment. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2018
58% White Boy Rick (2018) French director Yann Demange and a trio of writers elevate the story into a family dynamic that is both moving and realistic. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
65% Lizzie (2018) I challenge anyone watching LIZZIE, a new film about the Lizzie Borden murders of 1892 in Fall River, Mass., to NOT count the number of whacks she uses to kill her stepmother and father. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
60% Operation Finale (2018) The reality is that a high degree of suspense is not achieved by the filmmakers. Instead we are privy to an interesting cat-and-mouse game. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
91% Crazy Rich Asians (2018) It works primarily because the love-struck couple has genuine chemistry. Wu and Golding are outstanding. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2018
85% The Wife (2018) THE WIFE is a totally consuming, dialogue-driven story that places the viewer squarely in the center of Joan and Joe's stormy relationship. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2018
47% The Package (2018) Sure it's a bit inane, and maybe the race against time goes on too long, but the film is loaded with some very funny physical comedy. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) This stunningly powerful indictment of racism in America should be remembered as one of the best films of this --- or any other year. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
89% What Still Remains (2018) The fun and mystery of WHAT STILL REMAINS lies in its ability to intrigue us. We're never completely sure how things will unfold, and at a trim 92 minutes, the film doesn't waste dialogue or wear out its welcome. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2018
73% Christopher Robin (2018) CHRISTOPHER ROBIN is simply the perfect movie, entertaining for the whole family. It's a film with as much heart as Pooh Bear. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) if you're looking for high-octane action, filled with unpredictable surprises, this is the film. Scene after scene becomes one mind-blowing experience after another. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
45% Generation Wealth (2018) GENERATION WEALTH is neither shocking, nor revealing, nor original --- nor compelling. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) The movie is a crowd pleaser that showcases the substantial vocals of Lily James and Amanda Seyfried. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) What starts out in a very dark place for characters and moviegoers alike evolves into a deeply engaging story of hope, friendship, empathy and inspiration. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) ANT-MAN AND THE WASP is solid family fun, and if you missed the first installment from 2015, it doesn't matter --- you will still enjoy the sequel. Having said that, however, the movie is a bit too long at a shade under two hours. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2018
100% Leave No Trace (2018) Tom's self-awakening creates a wedge in their relationship, and when the inevitable happens, we are neither surprised nor shocked. But more importantly, we are not sufficiently moved. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2018
48% Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) From the exceptional special effects, to Oscar recipient Michael Giacchino's exciting score, to a cast of characters to care about, the film is a sequel to embrace. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
56% Tag (2018) The initial confrontation between two of the friends, Hoagie and Bob, is the funniest. The rest of the film has a hard time living up to that first scene. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2018
93% Incredibles 2 (2018) INCREDIBLES 2 never wears out its welcome. The movie features nearly non-stop laugh-out-loud humor. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2018
98% Won't You Be My Neighbor? (2018) Snippets of little ones hugging and kissing Daniel, accompanied by Fred's high-pitched voice, are treasures of innocence not yet lost. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2018
70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Anchored by a strong, even heroic performance from Alden Ehrenreich who manages to accomplish the near impossible --- do justice to the iconic character perfected by Harrison Ford. Otherwise, SOLO is pretty standard stuff. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2018
83% Deadpool 2 (2018) I'm not convinced that a third entry is necessary, or what the filmmakers can come up with to support yet another encore. - Kaplan vs. Kaplan EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018