Ryan Silberstein

Ryan Silberstein
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Ryan Silberstein is a Philadelphia-based critic, Managing Editor at MovieJawn, and co-host of I Saw It in a Movie podcast. He writes about new and old films of all kinds.
Publications: MovieJawn
Official Websites: http://moviejawn.com/

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
51% Old (2021) There is fun to be had with Old, and those seeking an unexpected reveal ought to be satisfied - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 23, 2021
55% Settlers (2021) Settlers, the impressively realized directorial debut of Wyatt Rockefeller, has all of the elements on the core science fiction checklist, it is properly a western. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
81% Black Widow (2021) Black Widow is not a "girl power" story, but about fighting for those unable to fight for themselves or see their own value in the world. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2021
91% Luca (2021) While Luca is Pixar's 24th animated feature, it might be the first one that is properly called a cartoon. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
95% The Sparks Brothers (2021) ...after spending over two hours learning about Sparks, I get the sense that the brothers Mael prefer an air of mystery. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
95% In the Heights (2021) Like many great musicals, In the Heights doesn't go for one emotion, and manages to deftly focus on hope, love, sadness, fear, and triumph in its music... - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
74% Cruella (2021) So how does one make a woman famously described as evil incarnate the protagonist of her own story? ... I still don't know. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted May 27, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) The most surprising thing about Army of the Dead is how little of Snyder's signature style comes through. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2021
62% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) There's a fair bit of True Grit DNA woven into the relationship between Hannah and Connor, and Jolie makes for a convincing Rooster Cogburn replacement. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) While most of Concrete Cowboy is perfectly fine...there are moments, here and there, where something stronger surfaces. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
84% Nobody (2021) After so many other films in this subgenre, there's only so much mileage there, and the film's charm runs out fairly quickly. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
94% Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) ...the amount of healing and offering of redemption and atonement contained here is exactly the kind of story we all need to open ourselves up to. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
37% Cherry (2021) Cherry is a film so self-serious that there were moments I was concerned that it was supposed to be a parody that never once winked at its audience. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
77% The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) another example of when a familiar idea and setting are executed well, their familiarity is not a mark against it (and may even be an asset) - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) udas and the Black Messiah, while providing important details and facts that American education often sidesteps, is a genuinely thrilling film. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
30% Earwig and the Witch (2021) A couple of sequences have some charm to them, but even at 80 minutes, Earwig and the Witch feels like a slog. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
100% Away (2019) Told without dialogue, this simple story is capably told through image alone. The effect feels like...an extended short film or a beautifully rendered video game. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
73% Palmer (2021) ...whether it's the grounded performances of both Timberlake and Allen, or the film's refusal to look down on any of its characters, the sincerity comes right through. - MovieJawn EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
49% A Nightmare Wakes (2020) "... Unkel effectively blends story and myth, as the creation of the novel is nearly as famous as the creation of the Creature himself." - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Wonder Woman 1984 does an astounding job of making its central heroine into a warrior for love and peace. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 24, 2020
95% Soul (2020) There's as much to laugh about here as there is to take in the implications and complexities of what the beforelife and afterlife seem to be. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) News of the World colors so deeply inside the lines it leaves white spaces around its borders. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
88% Let Them All Talk (2020) . Let Them All Talk is a fantastic couch movie, perfect for drinking wine, having some good cheese, and focusing on fictional troubles for a while. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2020
56% All My Life (2020) The film doesn't work because the characters feel like memories that have been brushed smooth, without any of the weird or uncomfortable features that make us human. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
25% Hillbilly Elegy (2020) The script is chock-full of the empty kind of "Live Laugh Love" platitudes that clog the aisles of Marshall's and stores targeting 'wine moms.' - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
77% The Croods: A New Age (2020) ...when other studio animated films are as thoughtful and engaging as Zootopia, The Croods: A New Age feels wishy-washy at best. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) Freaky is an enjoyable film overall...and it feels like it was written for today's expectations around culture and diversity. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
86% On The Rocks (2020) On the Rocks may be too heavy for a date night, but not substantial enough to leave a lasting impression - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
48% The Witches (2020) The Witches feels like a paycheck movie from a man who used to spend fortunes doing whatever he wanted. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
98% David Byrne's American Utopia (2020) Much to my relief, American Utopia is absolutely worthy of being called Stop Making Sense 2: Twice in a Lifetime. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
95% Lupin III: The First (2020) ...Lupin remains as graceful, charming, and boundless as ever. Lupin III: The First, is a great entry point for those curious about the character because it blends old and new so effectively... - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) As a whole, The Mortuary Collection is a consistent package, which may be the most important quality in an anthology. None of the stories are outright scary, as there is rarely tension, leaning more on the gross out angles than jump scares. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
98% Time (2020) Time is certainly about the mass incarceration of Black men in America, but it doesn't turn to statistics or even logic to try and win over skeptical minds. It turns to emotions. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
98% The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020) But one thing is clear: Radha Blank is someone to watch, as The Forty-Year-Old Version would be one of the best-written films of any year. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
72% A Call to Spy (2020) Fans of World War II films should definitely seek this one out, as the story is well told, and all three lead actresses give stellar performances. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
89% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) The Trial of the Chicago 7 may be more interesting than much of the other films about this period, but it also only feels like the tip of the iceberg... - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2020
92% Softie (2020) Softie, about one man's quest to bring a true populist movement to the Kenyan political landscape is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
79% The Broken Hearts Gallery (2020) It feels like The Broken Hearts Gallery would have benefited from not being a romantic comedy, since romance is the least engaging aspect of the film. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
82% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) While conceptually interesting and well made, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is as insufferable as it is insightful. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
70% Tenet (2020) Everything happening in the film is cued up visually. This is a film built for full attention no matter where (or when) you watch it. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) Period films are a good respite from the world around us right now, and Copperfield is certainly a decent enough distraction. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
94% Boys State (2020) ...it seems like the most politically active of these kids have learned exactly what the world has taught them: nothing is off the table as long as you win, and apologies are for the weak. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
88% Sputnik (2020) Sputnik is an engaging experience overall, and its obvious influences and inelegant direction make it feel something like an elevated B-movie. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2020
96% First Cow (2020) Reichardt's ideas are perfectly blended into the characters and stories, making this a seamless experience. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
80% The Old Guard (2020) [The Old Guard is] a fun diversion, but it's the kind of movie that doesn't create a lasting impression. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2020
92% Da 5 Bloods (2020) One of the most masterful things about Da 5 Bloods is how deftly Lee tells a sprawling story that actively engages with history and cultural legacies while remaining focused on its core characters. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2020
75% The King of Staten Island (2020) The King of Staten Island is a fun feel-good movie that doesn't shy away from honest emotion. It's rougher than it ought to be, but the longer length feels suited to watching this one at home. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2020
71% The High Note (2020) Both entirely disposable and frustrating because of how much potential there is in these ideas. But better developed characters and a few less twists could have made this for a more resonant experience. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2020
48% Scoob! (2020) . As a creative endeavor, Scoob! almost feels pointless. But it might prove most useful as a way to entertain kids in order to stave off cabin fever for another 90 minutes. - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 15, 2020
87% Spaceship Earth (2020) Recently, documentaries have become interested with the strange people that populate our planet, and Spaceship Earth is no exception. But it feels extremely empathetic to these "explorers." - Cinema76 EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020