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
3/5 88% Hustlers (2019) Tells a a wildly compelling real-life story, even if it lets its protagonists off the hook much more than this type of film typically does (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
3/5 61% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) A deeply weird, but ultimately enjoyable mashup of several genres. - GoombaStomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 90% Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) A worthy documentary, about a subject who's a fascinating, compelling character in his own right. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 85% Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) An expertly assembled work, even if it doesn't break much new ground or delve into many areas - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
2/5 44% Cuck (2019) Much more resembles the movie those panicking about Joker had in their heads than the actual movie does. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
2/5 68% Joker (2019) Not nearly as compelling as the weeks of controversy leading up to its release would indicate. It's both completely ridiculous and ill-conceived - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 93% Monos (2019) A harrowing, very beautifully mounted treatment of a tough subject - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 84% Ad Astra (2019) Nearly a complete triumph for its first 90 minutes. A shame about that ending, though. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 94% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) An entertaining tribute to the firebrand liberal reporter and columnist, the sort of larger-than-life character that's all but disappeared from contemporary journalism. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 83% Judy (2019) A career-best performance from Renee Zellweger, the best screen treatment of Judy Garland's life to date, and the first awards bait of the fall to rise to the occasion. - GoombaStomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
2.5/5 84% Villains (2019) Offers four strong performances, but not much else. - GoombaStomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
1.5/5 24% The Goldfinch (2019) Unfocused, overlong, and plagued by jarring shifts in tone. This wildly ambitious literary adaptation is a big whiff. - GoombaStomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 79% Good Boys (2019) A quality comedy, one filled with first-rate gags, and the three main young actors are very talented (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
3/5 59% Satanic Panic (2019) A mostly entertaining effort that finds a decent balance between gory horror and laughs, even if it does succumb a bit to cliche. - GoombaStomp EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
2/5 63% It Chapter Two (2019) Sluggish and overlong compared to its stellar predecessor. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4.5/5 97% American Factory (2019) Tells a fascinating story about America today, one that doesn't fit so neatly into any ideological box. - Philadelphia Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2.5/5 18% The Fanatic (2019) A strange, creepy, ugly, over-the-top movie that only intermittently succeeds at what it's setting out to do (Goomba Stomp/Sordid Cinema) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
2/5 81% The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (2019) Goes off into a bizarre direction, one that's moderately interesting but doesn't succeed in bringing its various strands together. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4.5/5 100% Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles (2019) A dream for anyone who loves Fiddler on the Roof, or 20th-century musical theater in general. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 89% Ready or Not (2019) A pleasant surprise, and a total hoot. Sounds from its description like a one-note horror film, but it's actually a delight. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 92% Luce (2019) A film that touches the third rails in 2019 America, it walks a tight rope but manages to remain mostly upright. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4.5/5 73% The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019) The comedy comes from all angles, and nearly all of it succeeds. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
1/5 22% The Kitchen (2019) Wastes a talented cast, as well as a premise that starts off promising but then goes off the rails quickly. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) The new film doesn't break any new ground, and at times it gets away from its core strengths, but it does enough right to make itself worthwhile. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 94% Mike Wallace Is Here (2019) Uses a massive amount of archival footage to give us an illuminating look into the life of the legendary newsman - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4.5/5 92% David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Crowe is finally able to use his musical and journalistic expertise for something cinematically positive for the first time since Almost Famous - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
3.5/5 88% Blinded by the Light (2019) It's all ridiculously, relentlessly corny, but it's joyous enough that I didn't quite mind. - Philadelphia Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 81% Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019) It's a fascinating, brilliantly made work of cinema, even though its conclusions are far from solid and at times are almost certainly wrong. - Philadelphia Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 17, 2019
4/5 87% The Great Hack (2019) In a film in which Steve Bannon, Nigel Farage, and various cybercriminal types make appearances, there's a good argument that the biggest villain of the piece is Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. - Philadelphia Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
4.5/5 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) It's Tarantino at his Tarantino-est. It's just about everything the director has done throughout his career, only more of it. - Philly Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3.5/5 79% Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) May be the first documentary ever made in which the subject is the relationship a former lover of the director had with another man - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4.5/5 99% The Farewell (2019) A fascinating, moving examination of Chinese-American assimilation, family, and letting go of dying loved ones- and, it's hilarious. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
2/5 53% The Lion King (2019) A dull, ponderous affair, which wastes the considerable talents of Donald Glover, Beyonce, and hundreds of skilled CGI engineers. - Philly Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
4/5 90% Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) It's fun, but in no way groundbreaking. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3/5 62% Yesterday (2019) Enjoyable, if you can get past its unbelievably silly conceit, some flaws in the execution, and the nearly infinite amount of questions its premise opens up - Philly Voice EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Ari Aster fulfills the potential he showed intermittingly in Hereditary and cements himself as a rising filmmaker worth watching. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) An assured, visually stunning look at San Francisco, against the backdrop of a sad history that informs just about every frame - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2.5/5 32% Shaft (2019) The film's politics may be somewhat reactionary and informed by lazy Millennial-bashing, but it has its moments. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
4.5/5 92% Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese (2019) In a year of very good music documentaries, this is probably the best one yet. (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
3.5/5 79% Late Night (2019) A witty comedy that's of the moment, while making some points that are somewhat surprising. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
1/5 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) The X-Men franchise has its most listless outing yet with Dark Phoenix, which in just about every respect, from acting to action, is sub-par. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 89% Rocketman (2019) Unlike Bohemian Rhapsody, the new Elton John biopic is less beholden to clichés and doesn't feel the need to soft-pedal the fact that its protagonist is gay. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
3/5 74% The Spy Behind Home Plate (2019) Has its work cut out for it, as Berg is not only long dead, but so are most of the people who knew him, and he was a famously secretive man. But the film does a good job explaining what it can about Moe Berg the man. (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 63% Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel (2018) The tale it tells is strange and weird in many ways, but there's no doubt that it's a great story (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 57% Aladdin (2019) Gets most of its key elements right, but the Will Smith performance as the Genie is full of miscalculations large and small. (Philly Voice) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
4.5/5 57% The Beach Bum (2019) The Beach Bum is a film about a hedonistic and amoral man who is constantly cheered by adoring crowds, and never suffers the slightest consequences for consistently abhorrent behavior. What else could the film be about? (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 86% Burning Cane (2019) The most impressive element, to me, is the performance by Wendell Pierce as a minister, one that recalls that of Ethan Hawke in last year's First Reformed. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 90% Plus One (2019) From the plot description it sounds like a rote, high-concept rom-com, but its leads are so wonderful, and so surprising, that it pushes this film to another gear. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 100% All I Can Say (2019) Blind Melon wasn't nearly as good a band as Nirvana- "No Rain" was their lone hit- but their home-movies doc is much better than Kurt Cobain's (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 100% Mystify: Michael Hutchence (2019) A fine look at Hutchence, who hasn't gotten nearly enough recognition over the years as one of rock's most magnetic frontmen (Living Life Fearless) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019