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
B 100% The Farewell (2019) A rare family film that genuinely speaks to the deep, historied, and complicated bonds that tie while remaining thematically viable and content appropriate for practically all ages. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 89% Brittany Runs a Marathon (2019) The seriocomic account of seizing power from dark instincts is laced with the ripe reality of self-destruction and lifted by the hopefulness of finding self-love. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
A- 100% Booksmart (2019) This is a broad appeal comedy that realistically captures the weird idiosyncrasies of female friendship, bottles it up and sells it for the price of a movie ticket. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
B 88% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) It's hardcore porn with guns and blades and anyone who's here for this third John Wick movie has knowingly come to wank at its altar. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2019
C+ 89% Sword of Trust (2019) Stands upon the mumblecore tenement of character reigning supreme above plot - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2019
B- 86% John Wick (2014) Once the wick is lit (pun, unfortunately, intended), the candle of vengeance burns for the entirety of the film. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2019
C+ 86% Frances Ferguson (2019) A quirky bureaucratic procedural from the POV of [a] sex offender that somewhat jumbles its satirical take on the monotony of punishment. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C+ 65% Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Dedicated fans of the series will get much more mileage than the Pokemon uninitiated... Me? I could take it or leave it. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2019
C 30% The Intruder (2019) 'The Intruder' is the dad bod of psychosexual thrillers, past its prime and flailing for relevance, maintaining its rangy charm by sheer force of will. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
B+ 81% Long Shot (2019) You won't regret casting a ballot for this Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron political rom-com, whose odd-couple chemistry allows for a wholly ingratiating, if politically muddled, night at the theater. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 1, 2019
A 85% Her Smell (2019) Awesomely poisonous 'Her Smell' turns Elisabeth Moss' punk-rock stardom into an absolute horror show. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2019
C 22% Need For Speed (2014) Dumb but technically competent. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2019
A- 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame feels simply massive. In scale. In scope. In story. In cast list. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
D 30% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) If La Llorona were a bingo card of bad horror movie tropes, audience members are privy to a quick win. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
B 96% Little Woods (2019) It's your average uplifting tale about a woman illegally smuggling OxyContin across the American-Canadian border to raise money for her adoptive sister's abortion kind of story. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2019
B 83% High Life (2019) Challenging in form and function, this humanist sci-fi places character and plot secondary to tone and obscured questions about meaning and destiny. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2019
B+ 89% Missing Link (2019) Breathtaking proof about the evils of consolidating style: in the age of selfsame CGI-animation, something this devilishly detailed bears fruit of singularly unique beauty. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019
B+ 57% Pet Sematary (2019) As a remake, Pet Sematary succeeds by virtue of retooling what's already been served; slicing it up and playing around in the guts. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
B- 90% Shazam! (2019) Shazam! continues DC's newfound grove as the weirdo cousin of the superhero movie multiverse. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2019
B- 76% Hotel Mumbai (2019) This isn't quite movie as memorializing; it's something between a meditation on extremism and a cheer for cross-cultural camaraderie. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2019
C- 47% Dumbo (2019) Artificial Banana Flavor: The Movie - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2019
C- 73% Dragged Across Concrete (2019) No one even gets dragged across concrete. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
A 94% Us (2019) Screams and laughs are the wine and cheese of any good horror movie and Jordan Peele's uncompromisingly cool 'Us' comes boasting a delicious vintage of both. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2019
B- 52% The Hummingbird Project (2019) To honor its subjects with as brief a description as possible, it's a movie about men chasing milliseconds. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
B 91% Gloria Bell (2019) Come for Julianne Moore's effortlessly jubilant performance, stay for the complicated middle-aged tryst. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B- 78% Captain Marvel (2019) Makes the blending of its first leading female superhero into its male-dominated stable seem as natural and effortless as it ought to have always been. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2019
A- 71% Climax (2019) A party movie of the most disturbing and disorienting degree, Climax is an exercise in exhausting style, that manages a troubling message about the fragility of civilization. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2019
B- 91% How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) There is admitted elegance to the simplicity of this story but that's stolen away with so much witless, cloying comedy. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
B 85% The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) A go-for-broke dump of meta-jokes, pop culture cameos, intentionally irritating jingles, and Lite-Brit-colored visual effects. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
C+ 73% The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot (2019) Decidedly less pulpy and more sobering than its grindhouse name implies, 'Man' stuffs existential drama into a B-movie premise to mixed results. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
C+ 73% Lords of Chaos (2019) Ye of purer form, be warned! - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B- 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) 'Alita' has the look and feel of a Cameron sci-fi epic. The world building is sprawling. The effects are tip-top. The spectacle is massive. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
D+ 22% Miss Bala (2019) Even if you erase the messy gender politics, you're still left with a mildly watchable actioner defined by unremarkable set pieces, a generic script, and flat characters. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2019
B- 89% Arctic (2019) Everything is fastened by a knockout performance from Mikkelsen who despite having basically no dialogue, emotes powerfully through gesture, expression, and steely nerve. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
B 71% Piercing (2019) Hilariously bleak and bleakly hilarious, 'Piercing' is the anti-love story of the year. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
F (but also an A) 19% Serenity (2019) Discombobulated 'Serenity' nears 'The Room' levels of unintentional hilarity. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
C 90% The Kid Who Would Be King (2019) No need to hail this king, you'll forget he existed at all in no time flat. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2019
D+ 38% Glass (2019) The 'Glass' is half empty in laughably bad ending to Shyamalan trilogy. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
B- 63% Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Mary is depicted as a woman in open rebellion with tradition, beseeched on all sides by the treachery of jealous, sexist counsel. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
B 82% Ben is Back (2018) Takes a different approach to an emotionally turbulent story of addiction and deception, figuring a suspense-driven framework that keeps the audience engaged and involved even as the film pivots towards increasingly depressing and predictable territory. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
A- 96% Roma (2018) A textured, richly-detailed dream; a sympathetic memory of maternal grace that's anything but the placid surface it presents. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
A 93% The Favourite (2018) The cattiest movie of the year in the best way humanly possible. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
B- 84% Creed II (2018) Creed II refuses to go toe-to-toe with anything vaguely political, essentially ignoring any and all of the headlines of the past two years in what can only be described as an exhausting display of political aloofness. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2018
B+ 78% Green Book (2018) An old-fashioned racial mash-up of Driving Miss Daisy and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Green Book is an exceedingly pleasant two-hander that soars off the pinball chemistry of stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
D 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) This dreary snooze-fest puckers up to give the once-beloved franchise the Dementor's Kiss. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
B 89% Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ralph Breaks the Internet is the cinematic equivalent of clickbait - you just can't help yourself but follow it down the rabbit hole. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2018
B+ 91% Widows (2018) McQueen directs with a brutal ferocity, scenes often ending in ruthless bloodshed that's as well staged as it is chilling. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2018
C 72% Happy Death Day (2017) With a PG-13 rating, Happy Death Day... misses out on any semblance of gleeful violence. There's virtually no gore...and very little violence in general, especially for a movie about a girl repeatedly stabbed, shot, beat, and bludgeoned to death. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B 95% Time Share (Tiempo Compartido) (2018) Hofmann makes no attempt to hide the devil in the details. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
A 88% Don't Breathe (2016) White knuckle past the point of bursting a blood vessel, the basic premise of Don't Breathe flips the home invasion formula on its head, decapitates it, and ravages its lifeless corpse. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018