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:
385
Location:
Philadelphia

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
4/5 56% 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 76% 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 63% 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 33% 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 70% 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 61% 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 76% 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 (2014) " 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 34% 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
4/5 96% Enough Said (2013) " A wonderful, original film, and it's never a distraction for one second that the two participants are played by people as iconic as Tony Soprano and Elaine Benes." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
4.5/5 94% Drug War (2013) " The most purely enjoyable action film of the year, and I can only hope the inevitable American remake doesn't screw it up too badly " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/5 58% Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013) " A complete letdown, which falls considerably short of doing justice to the man's amazing story." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
2/5 49% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) " "Eat Pray Love' For Men." It's hard to think of a 2013 movie with as much ambition, that whiffs completely " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
5/5 77% The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) " Extremely audacious and also extremely great. "American Hustle," a second-hand knockoff of this sort of movie, has been collecting undeserved critics awards and Oscar buzz for weeks. "Wolf of Wall Street" is the real thing," — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 26, 2013
3/5 79% Saving Mr. Banks (2013) " Blatant pro-Disney corporate propaganda, but on some level I fell for it. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 19, 2013
2/5 93% American Hustle (2013) " Betrays a lack of cinematic judgment that's frankly astonishing, from a group of very accomplished filmmakers and performers. It's Scorsese Karaoke. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 19, 2013
1/5 8% CBGB (2013) " Plays like it was written and directed by people who have never listened to or heard of punk rock in their lives" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 17, 2013
3/5 75% Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013) " Sure, it's not nearly as funny or quotable as the first film, its attempts at satire are notably flat, but it's not afraid to get really, really weird. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 17, 2013
1/5 4% Movie 43 (2013) " Here's a movie that's way, way, more interesting for the story behind it than for anything that actually happens on screen" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 12, 2013
3/5 51% White House Down (2013) " Ridiculous as it is both thematically and action-wise, the film is a ton of fun, and much better than most of what director Roland Emmerich has put out there over the years" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 12, 2013
4/5 87% What Maisie Knew (2013) " It's often-heartbreaking stuff, but never feels manipulative, mostly because the movie puts itself in Maisie's shoes. Strongly recommended" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 12, 2013
5/5 95% Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) " A breathtakingly beautiful cinematic achievement, and my pick for the best film of 2013." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Dec 5, 2013
4/5 70% Greetings From Tim Buckley (2013) " Full of songs from both Buckleys, the film, directed by Daniel Algrant, underplays the daddy-issue cliches while also staying away from a typical biopic structure- after all, it ends before Jeff Buckley even got famous. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 80% Crystal Fairy (2013) " The revelation here is Hoffmann- who here finds a new- and very naked- way to play a hippie character" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 52% The To Do List (2013) " The film gives these people just about nothing funny to do, and it's full of both gross-out gags that don't connect and dialogue that isn't especially funny. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4.5/5 98% Before Midnight (2013) " The movie's funny at times and difficult at others, and ends absolutely perfectly. The best of the three. " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 27, 2013
4.5/5 89% Frozen (2013) " It's got that special magic that's been missing from the last several Pixar releases." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 27, 2013
2/5 92% Nebraska (2013) " Great work by Dern, but I don't understand the director's need to denigrate Midwestern and/or lower-class people, and depict them as a tribe of slack-jawed morons." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 21, 2013
4.5/5 94% Dallas Buyers Club (2013) " A very strong rendering of a fascinating, historically under-told true story. But it's driven into the stratosphere by the two main performances." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 15, 2013
4/5 68% The Best Man Holiday (2013) " Is it broad and cliched? Yes, and it's not nearly as fresh as the original. But I still very much enjoyed it." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Nov 14, 2013
4.5/5 90% Blue Is The Warmest Color (2013) " Some great, brave performances. There's undoubtedly something special here " — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 31, 2013
4/5 97% Let The Fire Burn (2013) " Comes at the material in a fascinating, counterintuitive way. Powerful and heartbreaking" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 31, 2013
5/5 97% 12 Years a Slave (2013) " Stands a good chance of ending up the definitive American film about slavery." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 22% Paradise (2013) " An intriguing premise, but the execution is a bit faulty, and it doesn't ultimately add up to much." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 21, 2013
3.5/5 93% All Is Lost (2013) " I ultimately admired it more as a high degree-of-difficulty achievement than as a film" — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 21, 2013
2/5 37% The Fifth Estate (2013) " Emphasizes parts of the story that aren't all that interesting, while soft-pedaling or leaving out all together a lot of the best parts." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 17, 2013
1/5 29% Machete Kills (2013) " "Machete Kills" runs its one joke into the ground, murders it, and murders it again and again." — EntertainmentTell
Posted Oct 10, 2013
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