Stephen Silver

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Biography:
Stephen Silver is the Philadelphia-based film critic for EntertainmentTell and has been writing movie reviews regularly since 1996. He is also an editor for Dealerscope and CustomRetailer and Tell magazines, a contributor to Philadelphia Magazine's Philly Post, and his work his appeared on Philly.com, Boston Magazine, New York Press, Patch, the Detroit News, and other outlets. He maintains a blog at SteveSilver.net.
Publications:
American Dreamer , EntertainmentTell , Patch , The Trend
Total Reviews:
413
Location:
Philadelphia

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
5/5 99% Boyhood (2014) " Terms like "epic," "ambitious," "one-of-a-kind" and "career-capping" normally sound pretentious. Not here- this is a special, special film " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 24, 2014
1/5 56% Made in America (2014) " Have you long dreamed of watching Skrillex explain his process to Ron Howard? Then "Made in America" was made for you. Otherwise? " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 17, 2014
1/5 40% Wish I Was Here (2014) " Don't criticize Braff for crowdfunding. Criticize him for making a film that's shallow, simplistic, empty and just generally terrible." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 17, 2014
3/5 43% Planes: Fire And Rescue (2014) " A significant improvement over the original, largely because it moves so far from the plot of the "Cars" movies " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 17, 2014
0/5 18% Sex Tape (2014) " I can't remember a big studio comedy in which the jokes were so bad, the timing so off, the chemistry so sour, and the whole project so reliant on bottom-feeding, old-as-the-hills gags." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 17, 2014
4/5 100% The Pleasures Of Being Out Of Step (2014) " A fascinating glimpse of an old-school journalist who's one of the last of his kind." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 11, 2014
4.5/5 94% Snowpiercer (2014) " A film full of both wonders and horrors, rendered beautifully and hugely." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 11, 2014
1/5 15% Rage (2014) " "Rage" is considerably less fun than a movie called "Rage" and starring Nicolas Cage" ought to be." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 10, 2014
4.5/5 91% Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) " This film's greatest achievement is that it puts its audience in position to root for peace and conflict resolution, and against confrontation and war- and it does so without making itself preachy or boring." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 10, 2014
5/5 97% Life Itself (2014) " Even if I'd never heard of Roger Ebert, I'd have likely been highly moved by James' film, which is an inclusive, comprehensive, very entertaining look at a contemporary giant." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1/5 68% They Came Together (2014) " Really nothing more than Friedberg/Seltzer movie with A-Listers." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 2, 2014
1/5 23% Tammy (2014) " A total nightmare. A movie that tries to mix pitch-black comedy that frequently goes to dark places with run-of-the-mill pratfalls and slapstick. None of it is funny" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 2, 2014
3/5 54% Jersey Boys (2014) " Loved it while I was watching it; it largely fell apart once I thought about. And why doesn't Christopher Walken get to sing? " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 19, 2014
4/5 87% Obvious Child (2014) " Obvious Child plays as though Gillian Robespierre and Jenny Slate watched the "Knocked Up" debate from the sidelines, turned to one another, and blurted out, in unison, "challenge accepted!"" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 19, 2014
2/5 25% Think Like a Man Too (2014) " Even though all the Steve Harvey stuff has been completely jettisoned, it's not as funny as the first " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 19, 2014
3/5 55% The Signal (2014) " "The Signal" is a super-fascinating movie, with a whole lot of good ideas. It doesn't quite bring them together or congeal them into a coherent whole" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4.5/5 85% 22 Jump Street (2014) " Uproarious. Undermines everything we think we know about comedies, sequels, and two-year-breaks " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 12, 2014
4/5 80% The Fault In Our Stars (2014) " In a worst-case scenario, this could have been an after-school special, or egregiously manipulative. But it's not, mostly- It earns the tears." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 5, 2014
2/5 90% Edge of Tomorrow (2014) " This is a movie with a lot on its mind. Perhaps too much. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 5, 2014
1/5 13% McCanick (2014) " A completely by-the-numbers, cliched cop story for its first two thirds, before pivoting to an ending that's shocking but also totally indefensible." — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 27, 2014
4.5/5 92% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) " This is a fantastic movie. It looks great, has very good performances from a whole bunch of actors who I like a lot, and stages action sequences that are both coherent and impressive. The screenplay might be the best part of all " — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 22, 2014
2/5 31% God's Pocket (2014) " Isn't a great movie by any means, but it does offer one tantalizing possibility- what if Philip Seymour Hoffman had lived long enough to play sad-middle-aged-man roles?" — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 19, 2014
2/5 61% Million Dollar Arm (2014) " This is, essentially, a corporation's idea of what an inspirational sports movie looks like, one filled with synergies and international-marketing-as-heroism" — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 15, 2014
4.5/5 74% Godzilla (2014) " It's beautifully filmed, the creatures look fantastic, and Edwards knows his way around a huge action setpiece- there were four or five sequences that were nothing short of beautiful." — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 15, 2014
4/5 73% Neighbors (2014) " A high-concept comedy that transcends its gimmick thanks to a witty script, some inventive humor and strong, multi-layered comedic performances." — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 8, 2014
1.5/5 53% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) " "The Amazing Spider-man 2″ isn't a bad movie by any means. It's just bloodless, soulless, and completely devoid of anything magical, memorable or special." — EntertainmentTell
Posted May 2, 2014
3/5 54% Fading Gigolo (2014) " Way, way better than a movie with its premise has any right to be." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 23, 2014
3.5/5 86% Under the Skin (2014) " "Yes, it's the 'Scarlett Johansson naked alien movie,' although its much deeper and smarter than that formulation makes it sound" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 20, 2014
4/5 58% Dom Hemingway (2014) " A non-stop rampage of creative cursing, histrionics and debauchery. I loved it. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 10, 2014
2/5 62% Draft Day (2014) " To paraphrase Mel Kiper, it's obvious to me that the makers of "Draft Day" don't understand what the draft's all about." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 10, 2014
4/5 88% Alan Partridge (2014) " Is it funny to people (such as myself) who have never watched a minute of Partridge until now? Yes. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 4, 2014
4/5 75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I (2014) " The closest any real movie has ever gotten to Seinfeld's "Rochelle, Rochelle" " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 4, 2014
2/5 77% Noah (2014) " "The Book was better" " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 31, 2014
4/5 79% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) " A funny and very entertaining effort, which is sufficiently respectful and reverential of Muppet history without getting engulfed by it." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 20, 2014
1/5 64% Bad Words (2014) " A shockingly mean-spirited effort that picks all the wrong targets and doesn't garner many laughs." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 20, 2014
5/5 92% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) " it's a caper, and an adventure and a comedy and a sad drama- all of it quintessentially Anderson." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 13, 2014
3/5 23% Need For Speed (2014) " It's legitimately exciting. The car chase scenes are phenomenal. And Aaron Paul shows that he can very much carry a movie as the lead. About that plot, though..." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 13, 2014
1/5 10% The Bag Man (2014) " When thrillers are bad, it's usually for one of three reasons: Because they're ridiculous, boring, or disgustingly repulsive. "The Bag Man" is the rare thriller than manages to be all three." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 6, 2014
1.5/5 60% Non-Stop (2014) " The plot doesn't even begin to hold together, and the ultimate reveal of the evil plan makes not a damn lick of sense" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 27, 2014
1.5/5 29% 3 Days To Kill (2014) " The tone here is just generally all over the place, jumping from action blowouts to screwball comedy to father-daughter pathos. But it isn't particularly good at any of the three." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 20, 2014
4/5 68% About Last Night (2014) " The 2014 version is funnier and more entertaining than the original, and not only because Kevin Hart is such a better performer than Jim Belushi" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 13, 2014
2/5 22% That Awkward Moment (2014) " What a strange, disjointed movie. Ultimately the tone is just all over the place, and there are just about no stakes." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 30, 2014
3.5/5 81% Mitt " If you're a student or junkie of the political process, you'll probably enjoy "Mitt." But it probably won't change your mind " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 27, 2014
2/5 18% Ride Along (2014) " We know at this point what a Kevin Hart Movie is; I just get the sense that the next couple of them after "Ride Along" will do it better." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 16, 2014
3/5 63% Linsanity (2013) " Doesn't really do anything too unorthodox, but the production values are stellar, and this wouldn't feel especially out of place as a 30 for 30" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 9, 2014
3/5 75% Lone Survivor (2014) " There's some strong filmmaking here, but it doesn't do anything especially groundbreaking. The film is a noble effort, but a missed opportunity." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 9, 2014
5/5 94% Her (2013) " The key to "Her" is that not really a movie about technology at all. It's almost entirely about male/female relationships" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 9, 2014
2/5 12% Safe Haven (2013) " All the usual romance and idyllic locations-and-vengeful-violent-ex-husband, up until the weirdest, most out-of-nowhere plot twist ever." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
1.5/5 35% The Counselor (2013) " The plot is boring, who-cares nonsense. I think it's just unbelievably weird, and not only because Cameron Diaz screws a car. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
1/5 32% Gangster Squad (2013) " Probably the year's most squandered cast, in a boring, by-the-numbers crime film that plays like a fifth-generation re-do of "L.A. Confidential,"" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
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