Matt Oakes

Matt Oakes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
When not whetting his thirst with an exotic ale, Matt can be found holed up in his Seattle apartment or hidden amongst the mountains. Started blogging about film in college when the college paper wouldn?Äôt have him. Watcher of far too many films annually. Regular attendee @ Sundance, SXSW, SIFF. Editor-in-chief of Silver Screen Riot.
Publications: Silver Screen Riot

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C- 63% Jungle Cruise (2021) One strains to track what exactly is happening and why they ought to be invested in it. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
A 92% Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain (2021) Bourdain struggled with this duality constantly, a wrestling match within his soul. Was he a monster or had he taken up the sword to fight them? I'm not sure he knew by the end. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
C 49% The Forever Purge (2021) The scariest part of The Forever Part is that someamongst us may watch and root for the openly-racist marauders. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 1, 2021
A- 88% Zola (2021) Hyper-stylized yet displaying a keen eye for strong characterization, Zola thrives off the terrific quartet of performances that drive the film. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2021
B 100% Last Film Show (2021) The death of film has never hit harder. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
C- 59% F9 (2021) Unlike Dom's beloved Charger, whatever's under the hood has started to rust and sour. Its charm wearing away from too many turns around the same track. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2021
D+ 40% Clean (2021) An ugly, on the nose neo-noir with intense dumb guy energy. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
B+ 86% Werewolves Within (2021) The laughs are amplified by the fact that there's a sweetness that underlies the violence, a goodness amongst the allegations, that gives the film its endearing edge. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
B+ 90% Ultrasound (2021) Like a Find-The-Mistake picture book (think Dr. Seuss's 'Wacky Wednesday') the anachronisms and scrambled bits of reality in Ultrasound just keep stacking up. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
A- No Score Yet Wild Men (2021) For a road trip movie about sore-thumb criminals, Wild Men maturely grapples with philosophical musing, finding an intersection between dark comedy and genuine profundity. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
B+ 94% The Novice (2021) A thrilling character study about an obsessive athlete and her self-destructive drive, Lauren Hadaway's 'The Novice' explosively flips the sports drama on its head. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
C 92% Catch the Fair One (2021) A blood-splattered and grounded thriller that suffers from being oppressively bleak even as it directs focus towards an important and under-discussed topic. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
B 87% Poser (2021) The fine line between artist and con-artist melts and refracts as an obsessive podcaster infiltrates the inner sacrum or the Columbus underground music scene. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
B+ 95% In the Heights (2021) Every nook and cranny of director Jon M Chu's adaptation is filled with color and music, his eye for spectacle translating to a lively and detail-rich affair that truly pops off the screen. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2021
C 88% Undine (2020) Where Undine should swelter, it flounders; where it should luxuriate, it thrashes. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2021
C+ 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Blends conventional horror thrills with the likes of a courtroom drama and supernatural criminal procedural to mixed effect. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
B 74% Cruella (2021) Disney is anything but punk. But for just a few moments, Cruella lets them pretend they are. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
C+ 90% The Dry (2021) A small town Australian murder mystery set in [a] period of immense drought about the devastation wrought by dried up land and dried up people. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
B- 88% Dream Horse (2021) Lyn's film is designed for moms that like their movies "nice". - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
B 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) Though Part II never quite lives up to the heart-rending highs or disquieting thrills of the original, it's an undeniably well-constructed coda that passes the baton of responsibility in sneakily emotional ways. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
D+ 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) A bizarro world creation that feels like a Chris Rock-hosted Saturday Night Live 'Saw' satire that forgot it was a bit and took on life of its own. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B- 61% Profile (2021) More beguiling than illuminating, 'Profile' leaves audiences wondering how anyone in their right mind could fall for these tactics while effectively keeping us on the edge of our seats and shouting at our screens. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
B+ 93% The Killing of Two Lovers (2021) Machoian writes his characters with empathy and verve; complicated but misguided, we sympathize for and fear David. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
D 87% The Djinn (2021) Feels like a short film puffed out to feature length without the content sufficient to support said feature status. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 11, 2021
B+ 95% Riders of Justice (2021) As Markus takes more and more lives, he finds an inkling of solace in his odd-couple friendship with his own nerd-core gang and realizes that perhaps death is not an equation one can ever balance, a ledger that will irrevocably end in the red. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2021
B- 66% Wrath of Man (2021) The beefy, monstrous score from Christopher Benstead seems like it escaped from hell itself, underscoring the titular wrath of the film. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
B 92% Limbo (2021) Scottish 'Limbo' stuck inside the plight of a Syrian-refugee Llewyn Davis. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 27, 2021
C+ 26% Voyagers (2021) There's philosophical intrigue about the ethics of control but it's left by the wayside to focus on middling teenage angst and murderous power struggles. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
C- 67% Honeydew (2021) Time has always shifted to accommodate the agrarian folks though Honeydew takes more advantage of time than daylight savings, regularly allowing for scenes to drag on to exactly twice the length they ought to. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
B 71% Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Self-indulgent to an extreme that few films manage while also managing to be strangely introspective, the four-hour runtime is almost necessary for this cut of film to work. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
86% Recovery (2021) A frenetic road trip rescue mission movie, Recovery is gassed by the uncut comedy stylings of Mallory Everton and real life best friend and professional collaborator Whitney Call. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2021
B+ 84% Nobody (2021) Odenkirk has ameliorate himself to audiences over the years as a non-threatening slime bag with a heart of gold but with Nobody, you'll believe that this 58-year old can tear limb from bust Chewbacca-style. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
B- 66% Sound of Violence (2021) The mashup of Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' and Guitar Hero you never expected to come to fruition. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
A- 92% The Fallout (2021) Urgent school shooter teen drama is the first defining movie of Gen-Z. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
B+ 85% Jakob's Wife (2021) Feels like both a 90s throwback and a 100-years in the making direct sequel to Nosferatu. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
B 86% The Feast (2021) By the time the horror becomes explicit and implied consequence becomes actual consequence, the impressive power of not-knowing succumbs to a tide of gonzo gore. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
C+ 59% Witch Hunt (2021) For a movie that places so much emphasize on the legal status of witches and the laws that govern them, the judicial aspect feels confusing and undercooked. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
D+ 81% Offseason (2021) A featherlight folk horror [that] fails to conjure much of a reason for its existence, plundering the corpses of similar seaside folklore horror stories but bringing zero new ideas or visual intrigue to the table. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
B+ 86% Here Before (2021) Andrea Riseborough mic drops another outstanding performance in Stacey Gregg's remarkably unnerving Irish domestic psychological thriller. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
B+ 80% Gaia (2021) Beautiful and haunting, the spore-creatures are colorful pops of funky dread and their presence scurries on the borders of every nervous scene. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
A 100% Not Going Quietly (2021) In all honesty, I can't remember a movie that's made me quite this emotional in some time so be prepared with an entire CostCo-sized pallet of Kleenex. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
B 92% Executive Order (2020) Controversial and provocative, Executive Order feels like the love child of Get Out and The Handmaid's Tale; an intersection of fascistic dystopia and long-standing subterranean prejudices boiling to the surface. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B- 67% The End of Us (2021) 'The End of Us' plops a breakup movie into the midst of the 2020 global pandemic (that is still raging on a full year later) to semi-charmed effect. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2021
B+ 86% Come True (2021) A menacing slow-burn with splashes of the works of Benson and Moorhead, Shane Carruth, and the Wachowskis. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2021
B- 94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) Even for a studio that is decidedly dependable in terms of plot and narrative, Raya and the Last Dragon still feels like an effort that is noticeably of a kind. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
C 37% Cherry (2021) A mediocre hodgepodge of various genre cliches; it's an okay stick-em-up, a decent junkie drama, a mediocre war movie, and an uninspiring rom-com all in one. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
B+ 78% I Care a Lot (2021) When Blakeson's lampoon of carnivorous capitalism sinks its teeth in deep and his performers rein fire and brimstone down upon each other, I Care a Lot's fiendish joys are simply irresistible. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
B 98% Minari (2020) There a clear-eyed nostalgia slathered on the screen here, one that honors both [personal] family history and the general immigrant experience. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
A- 99% Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021) To quote Gladys Knight, "It wasn't just about the music" but my god does the music rule. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
B+ 85% Misha and the Wolves (2021) A powerful and captivating documentary, Misha and the Wolves blurs the lines between truth and storytelling. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021