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
4/5 100% Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) What's missing from the Chapin doc is the sort of colorful stuff that's normally a staple of documentaries about musicians from the 1970s. Instead, it's the story of a guy pretty much everybody liked. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
4.5/5 100% Totally Under Control (2020) Masterfully lays out how the Trump administration completely screwed up their pandemic. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
1.5/5 73% Assassin 33 A.D. (2020) While Assassin 33: A.D. doesn't work as cinema or storytelling, it's got all the unintentional laughs you could possibly want. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 94% Faith Based (2020) A very funny comedy that lands some solid punches. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
1/5 31% The War with Grandpa (2020) Another entry in the "Robert De Niro feuding with his grandson" extended universe. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 100% Nail in the Coffin: The Fall and Rise of Vampiro (2020) Another fine pro wrestling documentary, produced outside of the umbrella of WWE. - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 100% All In: The Fight for Democracy (2020) It's infuriating, of course, but also compelling, and seems likely to bring outrage that can be converted into votes this November. - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 86% Robin's Wish (2020) You've heard a great deal in the last few years about the hidden pain behind the lives of most comedians, but this story is a unique one. - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
3/5 100% The River and the Wall (2019) An actual, on-the-ground look at the ecological implications of the wall, and where and how it's being built. - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 92% Kingdom of Silence (2020) It's an eye-opening, infuriating, but very well put-together look at an international tragedy. - The National Interest EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4.5/5 100% Dick Johnson Is Dead (2020) Johnson's new film is even more personal than her last one was. It's also, by a safe distance, the best documentary of 2020 so far. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
5/5 93% The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) After a mediocre directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin has returned with a stellar historical film that doesn't overstate itself. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2020
4/5 75% Console Wars (2020) An irresistible trip back to the early '90s, and an in-depth look at a very important episode in the history of American video gaming. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 28% Antebellum (2020) The film's audacity, to some degree, is admirable, even though it comes up empty. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 89% Kajillionaire (2020) A film that's just as weird as Me and You, but not weird in as nearly interesting a way. It's a movie that's buried under layers of quirks - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
1/5 55% Coastal Elites (2020) A smug, self-defeating dud that has nothing new to say about the Trump era - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 65% The Devil All the Time (2020) The only thing that makes the film worth watching is a performance by Robert Pattinson, who has been the best thing about quite a few films in the last year. - The National Interest EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 87% The Social Dilemma (2020) Alarming, well-argued, and bleak, but most of what's said is common knowledge by this point. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2020
4.5/5 74% Mulan (2020) It's an amazing cinematic achievement, buoyed by amazing action sequences - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4.5/5 81% I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Charlie Kaufman's David Lynch movie, a vision of nightmarish Americana, told in a way meant to leave audiences guessing - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 92% The Personal History of David Copperfield (2020) An impressively charming, if forgettable, adaptation of Charles Dickens' 170-year-old novel. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 71% Tenet (2020) it's visually stunning, thanks to Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, and contains some of the year's best action filmmaking, but its plot is needlessly complex - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% Farewell Amor (2020) A lovely, very human family story, - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet Nationtime (1972) The main takeaway that many of the issues discussed nearly 50 years ago are still being argued about today. - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4.5/5 100% Pier Kids (2019) An astonishing cinema verite doc, about a population of homeless, mostly black, gay, and transgender kids who congregate on the piers on the West side of Manhattan, - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 100% Coded Bias (2020) An eye-opening documentary about how the rising category of facial recognition technology, which it convincingly argues is administered in a biased manner, - Living Life Fearless EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 82% Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) A third Bill & Ted movie decades down the line might sound depressing, but Bill & Ted Face the Music is the exception that proves the rule. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 87% You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Whether you were a pro wrestling fan in the '90s or not, this film will make you root for David Arquette in a way you never thought possible. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
4/5 76% 12 Hour Shift (2020) It's bloody, violent, scored with an incongruously weird musical score, and it's set for some reason against the backdrop of the Y2K bug. I dug it immensely. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 96% Class Action Park (2020) Riotously funny, but here's a clear tension to the film that's at times uncomfortable. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
4/5 94% Desert One (2020) What's particularly striking is how much many of these people are haunted by their failure, and guilty over their actions that not only failed in the mission but resulted in the deaths of servicemen. - The National Interest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2.5/5 85% #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) A scattershot anti-Trump doc, centered around the somewhat questionable notion that psychiatrists should diagnose specific mental illnesses in public figures who aren't their patients - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 100% Slay the Dragon (2020) A dry, earnest liberal documentary about the evils of gerrymandering - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Vice Versa: Bernie Blackout (2020) Takes a conspiratorial and not particularly convincing look at Bernie Sanders' second presidential run and its media coverage (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 63% On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (2020) A compelling look at female CNN reporters on the campaign trail- back when there was a campaign trail. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 100% We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) This doc, about a group of girls in a Girls Scouts-like troupe in Oakland who are given badges for their understanding of progressive causes, is going to make right-wing heads explode. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 83% Stockton on My Mind (2020) An effective portrayal of Tubbs, even if it feels at times like a campaign commercial - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 64% The Swamp (2020) Comes at politics from a rather odd angle, trying to make earnest points about politics while following around the ridiculous Matt Gaetz. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4.5/5 60% Tesla (2020) A delightfully freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 100% Coup 53 (2020) A fascinating peering into that era of history, even if it doesn't dive quite as deep as some of the scholarship that's been done in the matter. - The National Interest EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3.5/5 95% Feels Good Man (2020) A compelling documentary about a man's quest to reclaim his creation from some of the worst people in the world. - Tilt Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 66% The Burnt Orange Heresy (2020) Has its moments, but I would've rather watched The Burnt Orange Heresy set in 1970s Florida, not Italy - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 63% Spree (2020) Eugene Kotlyarenko has made the definitive movie satire about Internet fame and infamy - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/5 73% An American Pickle (2020) Has such a dynamite premise, and so many good ideas, that it's a shame it goes off the rails at around its midpoint. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
1/5 41% The Big Ugly (2020) The Big Ugly doesn't "move," it just sits there on the screen - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 90% Blessed Child (2019) An intriguing documentary about an underexplored subject: The Unification Church, also known as the Moonies - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 94% Yes, God, Yes (2020) Very funny and charming and showcases a cinematic voice with great potential. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 75% The Rental (2020) Shows potential, even as it slowly drifts from a mumblecore-style character drama, into a full-on slasher film. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 94% Palm Springs (2020) One of the most exhilarating films of the year, the rare movie with massive buzz out of Sundance that lives up to the hype - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 96% First Cow (2020) The slowest heist movie of all time. That's a compliment. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020