Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver

Agrees with the Tomatometer 73% of the time.

Stephen Silver's reviews (from any publication) always count toward the Tomatometer because this critic is a Tomatometer-approved critic.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
4/5 93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) ""Rogue Nation" is a winning effort- much better than you'd expect from the fifth film in a series featuring a 53-year-old man as an action star. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 30, 2015
4.5/5 81% Batkid Begins (2015) "It's refreshing to see a film that's completely lacking in cynicism. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 20, 2015
2/5 83% While We're Young (2015) "Cinema's most vicious, mean-spirited denunciation of the millennial generation yet " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 20, 2015
3/5 54% Minions (2015) "Plays at times like a Muppets sketch in which every character is Beaker. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 79% Ant-Man (2015) "For the second straight year, Marvel's late-summer entry is an inventive, very enjoyable action film. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 85% Trainwreck (2015) "The laughs here are plentiful, largely from Schumer, although she spreads the wealth quite a bit, to a cast that goes 30 or 40 deep " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jul 20, 2015
4/5 84% The Wolfpack (2015) "Among the more unique, one-of-a-kind movies of the year. And I'd love to see a where-are-they-now sequel in a few years. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 18, 2015
3/5 46% Manglehorn (2015) "Virtually unbearably boring for its first hour, but suddenly turns into an emotional tour de force by the end. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 18, 2015
0/5 81% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) "Undone by a wildly inconsistent tone, narrative devices that rotate between incongruous cuteness and bald-faced lying, and a protagonist who's just a horrendous, despicable character. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 18, 2015
5/5 89% Dope (2015) ""Dope" has so much going on, and accomplishes so many things, that it's practically a miracle. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 18, 2015
4.5/5 98% Inside Out (2015) "The darkest thing Pixar has ever released. Putting that all in an animated movie marketed to children? That takes tremendous nerve on the part of Pixar. But I'm glad they did it. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 18, 2015
1.5/5 32% Entourage (2015) "We're supposed to hate the villain for being a douchebag luxuriating in unearned wealth, as if Entourage's entire history wasn't synonymous with douchebags luxuriating in unearned wealth " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jun 2, 2015
1.5/5 50% San Andreas (2015) "What truly ruins "San Andreas" is that a lot happens in the plot that makes no damn sense- and that characters keep making decisions that are all but indefensible. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 28, 2015
4/5 84% I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2015) " In less than 90 minutes, it's a reasonably complete history of the big Bird character and the man in it. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 22, 2015
5/5 98% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) "Almost unprecedented in the history of movies- a reboot from the 30 director 30 years later that's an absolute triumph of kinetic action. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 15, 2015
3/5 100% Thought Crimes "There are no easy answers, but man was this a tough watch. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 15, 2015
3/5 70% Welcome to Me (2015) "Doesn't ultimately hold together in the end, but Wiig is fantastic and so is a deep supporting cas " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 15, 2015
3.5/5 65% Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) "Does everything the 2012 surprise hit original did well, and also not so well. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 15, 2015
4.5/5 98% Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck (2015) "An intimate, sad, fascinating look at the Nirvana frontman, a rock star whose kind has all but disappeared. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 7, 2015
2/5 44% Adult Beginners (2015) "It's a well-worn story that doesn't add much new, and worst of all, it forgot to be funny. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 7, 2015
4/5 43% The D Train (2015) "A deeply uncomfortable, bizarre and ultimately successful dark comedy that has a lot of intriguing, if not entirely original ideas " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 7, 2015
3/5 74% Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) "Enjoyable at times, but there's just too much going on. Too many characters. Too many motivations. Too many weird allusions to things from previous movies that I barely remembered " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted May 1, 2015
4.5/5 92% Ex Machina (2015) " For one thing, it's gorgeously shot. For another, it actually takes its own ideas seriously. This is a special film. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 24, 2015
3/5 82% Our Man in Tehran (2015) "Is this treatment more true to the facts than "Argo"? Absolutely. Is it as entertaining? Not quite. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 No Score Yet The Sheik "It's a fascinating look at a fascinating man- at times, unintentionally so. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 17, 2015
2/5 44% True Story (2015) " This is a strange story to tell and an even stranger way of telling it, and worst of all, it's puts us in position to root for the redemption of a character who doesn't deserve it and shouldn't have it. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 17, 2015
3/5 100% Undocumented Executive "For what it is- a mega-low budget high-concept indie comedy that has really one joke- "Undocumented Executive" is a winning, entertaining comedy. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 10, 2015
3.5/5 93% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) " Whatever my misgivings about the movie, it's brought this stuff to the forefront, and paved the way for the sort of pushback against Scientology's tactics that may not have been possible just a few years ago. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 9, 2015
100% Night Owls "There's a lot to really like about "Night Owls," starting with the fantastic performances by the two leads. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 6, 2015
4.5/5 81% Furious 7 (2015) "Yes, "Furious Seven" is incredible. I spent just about the entire running time either with a huge smile on my face or cackling hysterically. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Apr 1, 2015
1.5/5 29% Get Hard (2015) "My complaint isn't that the film is "racist"- it's that it doesn't use that sort of material to do anything particularly original or funny. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1/5 18% Serena (2015) "A more boring and less transcendent knockoff of "There Will Be Blood." " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 97% '71 (2015) "Even if you're a total newcomer to the subject matter, "'71" is a first-rate thriller that I highly recommend. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 26, 2015
4/5 97% The Look of Silence (2015) "Not quite as revolutionary as "The Act of Killing," but essential nonetheless " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 19, 2015
2/5 No Score Yet Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine (2015) "Wholly unoriginal. We've seen not only this same material but versions of this same take on the material from multiple books, magazine articles, thinkpieces, one-man monologue shows, and even the Ashton Kutcher Jobs movie. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 17, 2015
4/5 90% Love & Mercy (2015) "A music biopic that's both conventional and unconventional in the best ways of each. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 17, 2015
2/5 60% The Last 5 Years (2015) "I love that Anna Kendrick is frequently making musicals, and hope she keeps doing so. And that the next few are better than this " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1/5 9% The Cobbler (2015) " New Yorky, Jewish-tinged knockoff of "Groundhog Day" which A has a silly premise, and spends its running time radically lurching among different tones, none of which work for a minute. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 12, 2015
4/5 93% The Wrecking Crew (2015) "No, nobody emerges as a breakout the way Darlene Love did in "Twenty Feet," but I greatly enjoyed spending 100 minutes with these people. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 12, 2015
1.5/5 60% Run All Night (2015) "Of the Badass Neeson genre, "Run All Night" is one of the worst, and probably one of the last. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Mar 12, 2015
3/5 56% Focus (2015) "There's a ton of good stuff in "Focus," but it's frequently undercut by twist after twist after twist, which sort of make us question why we're supposed to care in the first place. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 26, 2015
3.5/5 79% McFarland USA (2015) "It's no classic, but it's one of the better entries in the multicultural inspirational sports movie genre " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 19, 2015
2/5 72% The DUFF (2015) "Whitman is fantastic, the movie is not- it goes back and forth between subverting genre cliches and wholeheartedly embracing them " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 19, 2015
4/5 99% Leviathan (2014) "Would you have enjoyed "A Serious Man" more if it had been set in Russia and been even more bleak? " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 64% The Rewrite (2015) "The story of an uninteresting jerk who becomes a little bit less of a jerk but stays just as uninteresting. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 12, 2015
3/5 25% Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) "A great movie? Not even close. Is it the best movie that could have been made from its source material? It probably is. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 12, 2015
1/5 25% Jupiter Ascending (2015) "Weirdness, exposition, weirdness, exposition, and almost none of it makes a lick of sense. I know I wasn't supposed to laughing at Redmayne but oh, I was. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Feb 5, 2015
4/5 90% A Most Violent Year (2015) ""A Most Violent Year" is a special film, buoyed mostly by a pair of standout lead performances, both strongly against type. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/5 49% Cake (2015) "The tiresome story of a rotten, awful human being, who gets a redemption arc that's equal parts unsatisfying and unearned. " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1/5 34% Blackhat (2015) "Slow, boring and inconsequential, with a butt-ugly visual style and stakes that are both low and ever-changing. Has nothing to say and no light to shed on its subject " ‐ EntertainmentTell
Posted Jan 15, 2015
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