Stephen Silver

Stephen Silver
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Stephen Silver is a film critic for Splice Today, Broad Street Review and the Film Scribes podcast. The cofounder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle and a member of the Online Film Critics Society, Stephen is the former entertainment editor of TechnologyTell.com, and his work has appeared in RogerEbert.com, Tablet, New York Press, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Magazine, Screen Rant, the Jewish Telegraph Agency and AppleInsider. Stephen lives in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two sons.
Location: Philadelphia

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4.5/5 90% The Departed (2006) The movie that finally brought Scorsese gold (15th anniversary) - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
4/5 73% Training Day (2001) Training Day painted a picture of a Los Angeles where the cops may be dirty, but the streets are choked with dangerous criminals. (20th anniversary) - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
4.5/5 97% The Velvet Underground (2021) A glorious, creative exploration of a touchstone band of the 1960s. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
4/5 96% The Rescue (2021) While it's not quite the thrill that Free Solo was, The Rescue is a worthy telling of this inspiring true story. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
4/5 83% Lamb (2021) Slow, quiet, and very, very weird. It's one of those movies in which you're either on its wavelength or you're not, but I was. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3/5 60% Operation Curveball (2021) It's a mostly compelling and often infuriating telling of the tale, although it makes a strange choice in centering not on Curveball himself but a group of German officials - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3.5/5 88% Fauci (2021) Mostly inessential, except for the vintage footage of Fauci's feud, and eventual truce, with AIDS activists in the 1980s. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
4/5 100% Parallel Mothers (Madres paralelas) (2021) It's a pretty staggering movie, tying in a very Almodovar-like story of mothers, children, and family intrigue with some explorations of Spanish political and war history. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
4/5 73% The Many Saints of Newark (2021) The style and look are right, and while the writing isn't quite as sharp as on the show, it creates compelling characters, and the story arcs are true to the series, even echoing it at various points - Broad Street Review EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2021
3/5 84% No Time To Die (2021) An exciting if uneven final turn for Daniel Craig as James Bond - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
4/5 94% The Souvenir: Part II (2021) More compelling and satisfying than the first in just about every way. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
5/5 92% Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (2021) The first essential fiction movie to be made about the coronavirus pandemic, as well as about the way it's driven so many people mad. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
2/5 29% Dear Evan Hansen (2021) There's one key problem here, and there's no getting around it: Ben Platt, who originated the role on Broadway, is just plain too old for the role - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
4/5 84% The Fisher King (1991) A humane, empathetic, and very funny movie about a couple of down-on-their-luck guys, one of whom was a full-on street person. (30th anniversary) - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
3.5/5 67% The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) It's an entertaining if at times uneven treatment of Tammy Faye's life, buoyed by a go-for-broke performance from Jessica Chastain. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
3/5 93% The Good House (2021) Provides a fine showcase for Weaver and Kline, while also serving up a location that feels lived in. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
1.5/5 60% Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) The basic structure of the Venom series is in no way whatsoever conducive to good movies. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
3.5/5 72% The Guilty (2021) The film is so like the original that one has to wonder whether a remake was necessary, and whether a writer of Pizzolatto's caliber wasted his time. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2021
3.5/5 55% Schumacher (2021) Consistently entertaining and informative, although doesn't quite do as many formerly inventive things with the documentary form as Kapadia did with Senna. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
1.5/5 31% Lady of the Manor (2021) A mediocre culture clash comedy, which wastes the talents of a strong cast. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
5/5 70% Where Is Anne Frank (Où est Anne Frank !) (2021) An absolutely beautiful animated film that combines the established Anne Frank story with a modern-day counterpart, brought about with a dose of magical realism. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
1/5 52% DASHCAM (2021) Hints at trenchant political commentary in its first act, it later collapses into just another incoherent found-footage horror film. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4.5/5 95% Listening to Kenny G (2021) A riotously entertaining examination of the Kenny G Wars, one that's scrupulously fair to both sides of the argument, - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 100% Hold Your Fire (2021) It's a revealing look at an undeservedly forgotten story- and it raises many issues that are still the subjects of bitter disagreements about crime, race, and policing today. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.5/5 94% Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over (2021) Warwick herself is the film's best storyteller, sharing everything from early Apollo Theater performances to facing down Southern racists on her travels. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 100% Attica (2021) A fine look back at America's deadliest prison uprising. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4.5/5 96% Petite Maman (2021) A quieter, even more, understated drama, one that's probably just as likely to make you cry. This is definitely a movie that sneaks up on you, but that's not to say it's not formally inventive, or beautiful to look at. (TIFF 2021) - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 94% Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (2021) Doesn't have a ton to add to the established understanding of the story it's telling, but it assembles so much excellent footage that it's likely to appeal to even casual Ali buffs. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.5/5 80% Worth (2021) Isn't quite a masterpiece, but it is an effective drama, one that raises some thought-provoking questions about the value of human life. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3/5 86% The Night House (2021) A lot of things are scary, but nothing's quite as scary as recent grief. That's the takeaway from this psychological horror film that mostly delivers - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
1/5 17% Karen (2021) What Jordan Peele's Get Out would've been like if it hadn't included any cinematic mastery or storytelling subtlety - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
2/5 No Score Yet 9/11: Inside the President's War Room (2021) Useful as a tick-tock of the day, but mostly represents an exercise in score-settling and butt-covering by various Bush-Cheney veterans - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.5/5 42% Cinderella (2021) A joyful, mostly enjoyable revision, although if you dislike "woke" entertainment, you're likely to hate it - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
4/5 100% Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11 (2021) The film ably captures what that moment was like, and provides some insight, while also avoiding the off-putting smugness that's often endemic to documentaries about comedy, - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
3.5/5 60% Cry Macho (2021) A poignant film that once again explores many of the themes familiar from Eastwood's earlier work. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2021
2/5 69% Snakes on a Plane (2006) An unforgettable phenomenon, based on a forgettable movie (15th anniversary) - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4.5/5 96% CODA (2021) Yes, a lot of it is very corny. But it works- and in the age of Ted Lasso, I feel like it's going to truly hit the Apple TV+ audience specifically. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
2.5/5 37% Reminiscence (2021) While it's a gorgeous picture, the plot is ridiculous, especially once it hits the third act. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 80% Free Guy (2021) It's a lot of fun, and builds a compelling, beautifully rendered world. And it has some interesting things to say about artificial intelligence and gaming culture. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 67% Respect (2021) Within the confines of the music biopic formula, Respect mostly succeeds, powered by a fine performance from Jennifer Hudson - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4.5/5 60% Vacation Friends (2021) A very funny movie in the first half, and a different one in the second, boasted by a career-best comedic performance from John Cena. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 92% Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) Boasts fantastic martial arts and action sequences, an all-time villain performance, and represents the integration of the MCU with an indie filmmaker that's a strong fit. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
3.5/5 84% Candyman (2021) It's decent, albeit somewhat all over the place, and it doesn't have a satirical bite even close to that of Peele's Get Out. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2021
4/5 90% The Suicide Squad (2021) Has added a lot of things that the previous film lacked- excitement, joy, coherent action, and decent filmmaking. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
4.5/5 82% Whirlybird (2021) A heart-wrenching documentary about journalism, family and gender - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
3.5/5 61% Heavy Metal (1981) It's a movie full of the things teenaged boys love, including aliens, robots, and shapely naked ladies. (40th anniversary) - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
4/5 93% Val (2021) And while it doesn't entirely answer the riddle of who Val Kilmer is and what makes him tick, Val represents a fascinating examination of the actor's four-decade career. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
2/5 71% Annette (2021) Occasionally striking but often nonsensical and full of repetitive songs - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2021
2.5/5 50% Old (2021) While the main plot is a bit tiresome, the twist is impressive - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
4.5/5 88% The Green Knight (2021) A visually and sonically gorgeous film, featuring a dynamite lead performance by Patel, a stunning production design by Jade Healy, and one of the year's best scores, by Daniel Hart. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021