Splice Today

Splice Today is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Stephen Silver
Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 If Not Now, When? (2021) Stephen Silver An earnest if uneven drama about enduring female friendship. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2021
3/5 The Midnight Sky (2020) Stephen Silver Isn't quite great, but does offer some compelling ideas about space, humanity, and apocalypse EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4.5/5 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (2020) Stephen Silver Features Chadwick Boseman's final performance, and one of his best. And it would be a great turn even if Boseman hadn't been battling advanced cancer at the time of filming. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
4/5 Let Them All Talk (2020) Stephen Silver Experiments more with form than technology, a rare Hollywood movie shot in international waters. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2020
1/5 Free Lunch Express (2020) Stephen Silver A lazy and mean-spirited effort, which pays only cursory attention to Sanders' actual biography. It tells you you're supposed to hate Sanders, while giving you a bunch of reasons that aren't true. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
3.5/5 Another Round (2020) Stephen Silver A winner that does a fantastic job conveying the joys-and ills-of an alcohol-dependent lifestyle. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
3/5 Happiest Season (2020) Stephen Silver Has an enjoyable cast with likable actors. But it's also really strange, and anachronistic and full of little plot details that don't add up. EDIT
Posted Dec 13, 2020
2/5 Fatman (2020) Stephen Silver The film can never commit to a tone, its attempts at social satire don't land, and it's never funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 29, 2020
2/5 Hillbilly Elegy (2020) Stephen Silver A mediocre melodrama full of poverty porn, one that moves slowly and doesn't deliver anything memorable EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
4/5 Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist (2019) Stephen Silver It's simple, but fantastic-just a master filmmaker going on at length about a classic film, nearly 50 years later. EDIT
Posted Nov 25, 2020
2/5 American Selfie: One Nation Shoots Itself (2020) Stephen Silver A jejune and empty-headed documentary that doesn't add much to the understanding of the events of 2020. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
3.5/5 Assholes: A Theory (2019) Stephen Silver A compelling documentary which asks what constitutes an asshole, how assholes succeed in society, and what can be done about it, if anything EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2020
4.5/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Stephen Silver A fine adaptation of a play based on a true story: about the night Mohammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown hung out in 1964. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
3/5 537 Votes (2020) Stephen Silver With the exception of its overuse of late night comedy clips, it's an entertaining treatment of the 2000 Florida recount. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2020
4/5 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (2020) Stephen Silver A very funny film that impressively updates the Borat M.O. for the world of 2020. EDIT
Posted Oct 26, 2020
4/5 Harry Chapin: When in Doubt, Do Something (2020) Stephen Silver 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. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
4.5/5 Totally Under Control (2020) Stephen Silver Masterfully lays out how the Trump administration completely screwed up their pandemic. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
1.5/5 Assassin 33 A.D. (2020) Stephen Silver While Assassin 33: A.D. doesn't work as cinema or storytelling, it's got all the unintentional laughs you could possibly want. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
3/5 Faith Based (2020) Stephen Silver A very funny comedy that lands some solid punches. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
1/5 The War With Grandpa (2020) Stephen Silver Another entry in the "Robert De Niro feuding with his grandson" extended universe. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2020
5/5 The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) Stephen Silver After a mediocre directorial debut, Aaron Sorkin has returned with a stellar historical film that doesn't overstate itself. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2020
2/5 Antebellum (2020) Stephen Silver The film's audacity, to some degree, is admirable, even though it comes up empty. EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
2/5 Kajillionaire (2020) Stephen Silver 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 EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
1/5 Coastal Elites (2020) Stephen Silver A smug, self-defeating dud that has nothing new to say about the Trump era EDIT
Posted Sep 25, 2020
4/5 The Social Dilemma (2020) Stephen Silver Alarming, well-argued, and bleak, but most of what's said is common knowledge by this point. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
4.5/5 I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) Stephen Silver Charlie Kaufman's David Lynch movie, a vision of nightmarish Americana, told in a way meant to leave audiences guessing EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
3/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) Stephen Silver An impressively charming, if forgettable, adaptation of Charles Dickens' 170-year-old novel. EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 Tenet (2020) Stephen Silver 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 EDIT
Posted Sep 4, 2020
4/5 Bill & Ted Face the Music (2020) Stephen Silver 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2020
2.5/5 #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump (2020) Stephen Silver 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 EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 Slay the Dragon (2019) Stephen Silver A dry, earnest liberal documentary about the evils of gerrymandering EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 () Stephen Silver Takes a conspiratorial and not particularly convincing look at Bernie Sanders' second presidential run and its media coverage (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries (2020) Stephen Silver A compelling look at female CNN reporters on the campaign trail- back when there was a campaign trail. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 We Are the Radical Monarchs (2019) Stephen Silver 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. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 Stockton on My Mind (2020) Stephen Silver An effective portrayal of Tubbs, even if it feels at times like a campaign commercial EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
2/5 The Swamp (2020) Stephen Silver Comes at politics from a rather odd angle, trying to make earnest points about politics while following around the ridiculous Matt Gaetz. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
3/5 The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019) Stephen Silver Has its moments, but I would've rather watched The Burnt Orange Heresy set in 1970s Florida, not Italy EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
4/5 Spree (2020) Stephen Silver Eugene Kotlyarenko has made the definitive movie satire about Internet fame and infamy EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2020
3.5/5 An American Pickle (2020) Stephen Silver Has such a dynamite premise, and so many good ideas, that it's a shame it goes off the rails at around its midpoint. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
1/5 The Big Ugly (2020) Stephen Silver The Big Ugly doesn't "move," it just sits there on the screen EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
4/5 Blessed Child (2019) Stephen Silver An intriguing documentary about an underexplored subject: The Unification Church, also known as the Moonies EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4/5 Yes, God, Yes (2019) Stephen Silver Very funny and charming and showcases a cinematic voice with great potential. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
3/5 The Rental (2020) Stephen Silver Shows potential, even as it slowly drifts from a mumblecore-style character drama, into a full-on slasher film. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 Palm Springs (2020) Stephen Silver One of the most exhilarating films of the year, the rare movie with massive buzz out of Sundance that lives up to the hype EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 First Cow (2019) Stephen Silver The slowest heist movie of all time. That's a compliment. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
4.5/5 Hamilton (2020) Stephen Silver Most of what's great about Hamilton on stage successfully makes the transition to television. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
3/5 Money Plane (2020) Stephen Silver It isn't good, exactly and it's notably cheap-looking. But I still had a smile on my face for large parts of it. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2020
3.5/5 Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President (2020) Stephen Silver There are fun stories, likely to be enjoyed by anyone who's interested in the music or the politics of the late 1970s, EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
3/5 Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn (2019) Stephen Silver While a worthwhile examination of Cohn's life, Bully. Coward. Victim is less compelling than the earlier Cohn doc, EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
3.5/5 Women in Blue (2020) Stephen Silver Plays like a spiritual prequel to everything we've seen in the past four weeks, and contains some early clues that there was something dreadfully wrong going on in the Minneapolis Police Department. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020