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
A 98% 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 94% 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 79% 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- 72% 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 86% 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+ 75% 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+ 70% 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+ 23% 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- 88% 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+ 37% 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 81% 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 88% 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
B- 92% Southside With You (2016) First there was the rom-com. Then the zom-rom-com. Now we have the world's first obam-rom-com. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- 88% Morris from America (2016) When Morris finally takes up the mic and explodes onstage, even audience members will find themselves proud as a pickle. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
C 37% Morgan (2016) 'Morgan' carefully sets up a tricksy female-forward A.I. endeavor but abandons its intriguing cerebral exploration for humdrum action beats and a lame-brained, strung out third act. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
D+ 49% 31 (2016) There's a distinction between excitement and excess that Zombie fundamentally fails to process here. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B+ 61% The Light Between Oceans (2016) With The Light Between Oceans, Cianfrance has completed his informal Sprawling Tragic Romance Trilogy that started with Blue Valentine in 2010. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
D+ 27% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) "There's very little room to breathe in Synder's world, one that appears permanently stained with an oppressively ashen color palette." - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2018
B- 58% The Grinch (2018) This 2018 update to Dr. Seuss' holiday classic is more colorful and snappy than ever, losing a bit of The Grinch's evil edge and termite-filled smile to deliver a more playful and sympathetic - if toothless - rendition of the green, holiday-hating grouch. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 7, 2018
C- 40% The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018) Takes a character who was ahead of her time and walks her back, bland-washing a feminist icon into a pastiche of moodiness, afraid of giving her any real venom, unwilling to commit to the full avenging angel darkness of the character. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2018
C+ 50% Complete Unknown (2016) Like a meteor, Complete Unknown shines bright early on but fizzles out when its evolving tone takes one too many left turns. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
F 23% Yoga Hosers (2016) When an ancient army of foot-long Nazi sausage clones, called Bratzis, begins to attack their small Canadian town, two girls must put down their iPhones to save the day. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 91% Transpecos (2016) A potent border fiction that matches high tension thrills with significant characters, played to perfection by Johnny Simmons, Clifton Collins Jr. and Gabriel Luna. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 85% Other People (2016) At once the affair feels deeply personal - writer/director Chris Kelly adapts the story from events in his own life - and yet wildly broad. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 86% Sully (2016) In telling the story of the "Miracle on the Hudson", Eastwood examines the various repercussions and characters surrounding the event as if - to an admittedly mild degree - influenced by Rashōmon. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
D+ 60% Snowden (2016) A biopic about a man of great courage with none of its own. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 37% Blair Witch (2016) Just as making Blair Witch is a lateral move in Wingard's career, Blair Witch as a film is little more than a step sideways from the original picture which so terrified audiences in 1999. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) There's nothing on the screen to suggest that this remake of The Magnificent Seven actually needed making. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 78% Goat (2016) Goat harrowingly explores the hypocrisy of fraternal brotherhood, bearing witness to the ugly rights of passage that men must submit to into order to earn their badge of masculinity. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 81% My Blind Brother (2016) Nick Kroll sharpens his post-television presence as unambitious deadbeat Bill whose doomed purpose in life is to be a seeing-eye underdog for his egotistical handicapable brother Robbie. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
C+ 65% Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016) Burton's keen eye for imaginative landscapes lends Peregrine some much-needed visual pop ...but some of the big set pieces remain inexplicably humdrum. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B- 83% Deepwater Horizon (2016) Cinematographer Enrique Chediak captures the inferno from every angle, assigning it a fearsome quality, with the towering conflagration almost emanating from the screen. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B 79% American Honey (2016) In the strange specificity of teenagers hanging out, Arnold's ability to interpret and represent the idiosyncrasies of these disenfranchised millennial is absolute. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
B+ 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) An urgent primal scream from American history's darkest hour. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018