Don Kaye

Don Kaye
Don Kaye's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): TNT's Rough Cut Den of Geek
Publications: TNT's Rough Cut, Den of Geek

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 84% Her Smell (2019) Elisabeth Moss' incandescent performance, probably unlike anything you've ever seen her do before, is the raw, beating, bloody heart of Her Smell. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 83% High Life (2019) The cumulative effect is one of immense existential dread, as the bending of time and space erases all that these misfits left behind and leaves them hurtling toward nothingness. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
3/5 53% The Beach Bum (2019) Matthew McConaughey drinks, smokes, has sex, and that's about it in The Beach Bum. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
2/5 47% Dumbo (2019) You may believe an elephant can fly but you won't believe in much else with this tepid remake. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
38% Beneath The Planet Of The Apes (1970) There's no question that with its mishmash of half-baked ideas, lack of strong characterization and clear budgetary issues, Beneath represents a steep drop in overall quality from the magnificent Planet of the Apes. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
4/5 90% Shazam! (2019) It's official: the Zack Snyder era of the DCEU is over once and for all. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2019
4/5 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) Gibson was born to play roles like this--simmering cauldrons of white male rage and nostalgia for the "good old days" when that rage could be channeled without consequence. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 72% Climax (2019) We are all capable of joy and savagery, Noe seems to say, and Climax expresses his sadness for the loss of the former even as it plunges us ever into the latter. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 87% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The last third renders The Hole in the Ground more generic in some ways, but Cronin still manages to pull off an atmospheric shocker for much of its running time. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) The Hidden World is the series' crowning glory, where color, texture, shading, and movement all blend to create a world that is wonderfully, kinetically alive. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
1.5/5 10% Replicas (2019) Casting Keanu Reeves as a scientist and saddling him with loads of exposition in what fancies itself a more cerebral exercise just seems like a recipe for self-parodying disaster. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 11, 2019
2.5/5 41% The Upside (2019) A badly conceived scene where Dell exhibits an inordinate amount of gay panic over changing Phillip's catheter--and even saying the word "penis"--couldn't be more poorly timed for the actor. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) There are so many ideas at play here (perhaps too many) that one cannot help but wonder if Shyamalan is playing an elevated game of bait and switch. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
3.5/5 95% Blaze (2018) Even as a viewer not knowing much about Foley, watching Dickey makes one feel that you are watching the actual man -- he's that natural in the role. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2018
3/5 66% Vice (2018) Vice is an excellently made and phenomenally acted cipher, much like the man it investigates. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/5 70% The Mule (2018) If for any reason this turns out to be his last screen performance, he's going out on a strong note. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
2/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Unfortunately, Maleficent the movie is not just a crashing bore, but it's a perfect example of filmmaking by corporate mandate. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2018
3/5 51% Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (2018) Diehard fans of Kipling's work may find some interest in comparing and contrasting the two, but parents with younger children may want to stay away from this one. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 29, 2018
3/5 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II is serviceable and enjoyable even if one can see the punches coming from a mile away. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 16, 2018
4/5 88% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet, while having the slight whiff of corporate obligation around it, is an entertaining, delightful, and heartwarming follow-up. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
2/5 73% On the Basis of Sex (2019) Ginsburg, along with her husband and occasional legal partner, Martin Ginsburg, is presented as practically perfect in every way. While she may very well be, that makes for a boring film. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
3/5 82% The Other Side of the Wind (2018) Is it for the casual viewer looking for something to watch on Netflix? Probably not. It's too unconventional and iconoclastic and ragged. Is it essential viewing for cinema buffs, film history completists, and Welles aficionados? Without a doubt. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2018
3.5/5 81% Boy Erased (2018) On just his second directorial effort, Edgerton utilizes a restrained style that keeps the film from becoming too melodramatic, yet also rarely lets it reach an emotional boil. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2018
3/5 66% Suspiria (2018) The film ends up in a netherworld between past and present, horror and art house, thick red blood and dreary gray stone. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) In a word, Melissa McCarthy is astonishing in this film. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
3/5 68% Beautiful Boy (2018) If outstanding performances alone could carry a movie, Beautiful Boy would rest easily on the shoulders of Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2018
3.5/5 80% 22 July (2018) The opening nightmare of 22 July drives that point home, even if the rest of the movie struggles to sustain it. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
2/5 29% Venom (2018) Venom plays like a Marvel movie that might have been made in 1996, with no nuance, little character development, and a clunky, on-the-nose style of advancing its plot. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
3.5/5 75% Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) Hemsworth is a man most of us know on the screen as the God of Thunder, yet here gives a very different and even dangerously sexy performance. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3.5/5 91% Mandy (2018) It can be a bracing watch if you're game and serves as a reminder that Cage can still deliver the gonzo goods as an actor... - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/5 86% The Sisters Brothers (2018) The term "revisionist" gets thrown around a lot in film criticism, especially when it comes to genres like the Western, but in the case of The Sisters Brothers, the description certainly applies. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) Tone-deaf, sloppily written, and indifferently directed. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2018
2/5 26% The Nun (2018) Generic and ultimately forgettable. It's certainly not scary, and the family dynamic that made the characters in the earlier films somewhat empathetic is missing here. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3.5/5 92% Searching (2018) Searching is absorbing enough as a narrative on its own terms, even as we're watching it through a highly unusual lens that often reduces our daily lives and connections to fragmentary bursts of information. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/5 80% Alpha (2018) There's a final shot in which the film hints at the bigger meaning lurking around its edges, and it's an admittedly powerful one. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
2/5 22% Mile 22 (2018) Uwais does a lot of his own stunt work, but what could have been an impressive American film debut is utterly blown by Berg's choice to cut the movie as if he was working on the edit while riding a rollercoaster. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2018
3.5/5 46% The Meg (2018) Even if some of the Meg's CG-generated moves look a little fishy from time to time, that's almost part of the fun. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Nothing really changes by the end, because after all there are five more of these waiting to be made if this one somehow manages to strike box office gold. I wouldn't hold my breath. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
4/5 91% Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018) Its meta take on its own existence and that of other superhero films make it smarter than many of its targets. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
3.5/5 77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It achieves sporadic greatness due to the aforementioned lack of sentimentality and the strong work done by its cast. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
3/5 61% Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018) At its best... it keeps alive an entire stable of classic monsters for younger generations to enjoy and remember. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
1.5/5 54% The First Purge (2018) Here, the producers and filmmakers behind the series want to have their rancid cake and eat it too, taking that same exploitative material and pouring some tasteless social awareness topping over it. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4.5/5 93% First Reformed (2018) There's nothing ambiguous about the strength of Hawke's work or the fact that this is a complete artistic comeback for a writer and director who has always refused easy answers. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3.5/5 67% On Chesil Beach (2018) The damage done to both Florence and Edward by their respective histories becomes palpable, thanks in no small measure to terrific performances from both actors. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3/5 70% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Solo is not a bad film, just a relentlessly average one that has no reason to exist. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2018
4/5 83% Deadpool 2 (2018) Surprisingly we didn't hear any cracks about sequels that suck, perhaps because Reynolds, Leitch, and the rest know that this one doesn't. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2018
2/5 54% Bad Samaritan (2018) It never quite reaches the level of the insanely terrible movie that you just sit and watch in stupefied wonder, nor does anything stand out to make it a worthy recommendation. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
4/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) This is a knockout sci-fi movie that travels around the universe and back, and not only does it capture the vastness of that but it's also perhaps the most beautiful, colorful film Marvel has released to date. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018
2/5 51% Rampage (2018) It's too bad that everything is taken from what must be a scriptwriting program labeled "Generic Action/Sci-Fi Blockbuster." - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) While it's visually incredible and amazingly detailed, it's only intermittently charming, far too long for such a thin, meandering plot. - Den of Geek EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018