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
4/5 Color Out of Space (2019) Stephen Silver A delight. And If Crazy Cage is what you're looking for, that's what you'll get as the film goes on. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 The Gentlemen (2020) Stephen Silver The movie's a mess, but it's an entertaining mess. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
3/5 Bad Boys for Life (2020) Stephen Silver The biggest reason to see Bad Boys For Life is the two stars. But I never thought I'd miss the steady filmmaking hand of Michael Bay EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 Like a Boss (2020) Stephen Silver Has a lot of things on its mind, but ultimately doesn't hang together EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2020
2/5 A Hidden Life (2019) Stephen Silver Much more ambitious and laden with gravitas than Malick's recent work, but it's also boring, if well-intentioned EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 Seberg (2019) Stephen Silver This was a really good idea for a movie, at least, as long as it's concentrating on Seberg's story. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
2/5 The Aeronauts (2019) Stephen Silver We're supposed to be fascinated by their quest to break the record, but by the end I was practically rooting for them both to fall off. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 Spies in Disguise (2019) Stephen Silver Spies still finds a creative way to play with 007-style hyper-masculine genre tropes EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
3/5 1917 (2019) Stephen Silver Not that the cinematography, by the great Roger Deakins, isn't impressive. But eventually it's just a gimmick. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2020
1/5 Cats (2019) Stephen Silver The biggest weakness of the movie is that the characters look laughable. At worst, they resemble unsightly, horrifying cat/human hybrids. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
2.5/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Stephen Silver An extravaganza of fan service, exposition, and leaden, McGuffin-based plotting. There are some nice moments, though. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
3.5/5 Driven (2018) Stephen Silver An oddly specific story to make a movie about with somewhat odd choice of focuses, but it works EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 Ford v Ferrari (2019) Stephen Silver In a year of many car movies, this one was the best (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2019
4/5 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Stephen Silver Sweet and inspiring, though I'm not sure this is the best possible movie to be made about Mr. Rogers. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
5/5 Knives Out (2019) Stephen Silver Features a tight plot, a superlative ensemble cast and hilarious dialogue that practically sings. One of the best of 2019. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 Waves (2019) Stephen Silver Has a unique visual and aural style that's great in small doses. Unfortunately, "small doses" isn't in this movie's vocabulary. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
3/5 Bombshell (2019) Stephen Silver Massively entertaining for the entire time you're watching it, but once you're done you realize it was kind of a mess EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2019
4/5 Frozen II (2019) Stephen Silver It rates a tick below the first movie, if only because it's missing the original's element of surprise. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/5 () Stephen Silver So much of Scandalous is dedicated to the National Enquirer staff's self-serving justifications of their sleazy behavior EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
2/5 Doctor Sleep (2019) Stephen Silver A misbegotten and mediocre sequel to The Shining. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
4/5 Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Stephen Silver It took more than 25 years and several false starts , but the Terminator franchise has come up with a sequel that's more than a pale imitation of its first two installments. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4.5/5 Marriage Story (2019) Stephen Silver Divorce isn't a fun topic under any circumstances. But when it comes to it, Noah Baumbach knows of which he speaks, and he's made one of his best films. (Living Life Fearless) EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 Motherless Brooklyn (2019) Stephen Silver The film looks amazing and sounds even better, but it's one big flaw is that it has a sprawling plot that it can't quite crack EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2019
4/5 The Current War (2017) Stephen Silver A breezy, highly entertaining tour through about 15 years of history EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4.5/5 The Irishman (2019) Stephen Silver As clear as any Scorsese crime film to date in arguing that organized crime is a dead-end life that will almost certainly lead to either a violent early death or a lonely late one. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
4/5 The Elephant Queen (2018) Stephen Silver A gorgeous, eye-opening nature documentary that begs to be watched on the largest screen possible. (Apple Insider) EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2019
2/5 The Laundromat (2019) Stephen Silver Heavy on didacticism and long-winded lecturing, jumping all over the place among different plots and not giving the more compelling ones nearly enough time and energy. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
4.5/5 Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Stephen Silver An unabashed celebration of crudeness, vulgarity, and what in today's terms would be described as "political incorrectness." I loved every minute of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 21, 2019
3/5 Hustlers (2019) Stephen Silver 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) EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 Jim Allison: Breakthrough (2019) Stephen Silver A worthy documentary, about a subject who's a fascinating, compelling character in his own right. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 Where's My Roy Cohn? (2019) Stephen Silver An expertly assembled work, even if it doesn't break much new ground or delve into many areas EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
2/5 Cuck (2019) Stephen Silver Much more resembles the movie those panicking about Joker had in their heads than the actual movie does. EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
2/5 Joker (2019) Stephen Silver Not nearly as compelling as the weeks of controversy leading up to its release would indicate. It's both completely ridiculous and ill-conceived EDIT
Posted Oct 6, 2019
4/5 Monos (2019) Stephen Silver A harrowing, very beautifully mounted treatment of a tough subject EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 Ad Astra (2019) Stephen Silver Nearly a complete triumph for its first 90 minutes. A shame about that ending, though. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
4/5 Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) Stephen Silver 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. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2019
The Promise (2016) Noah Berlatsky The Promise is a heartfelt film with noble ambitions EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Dark Skies (2013) Noah Berlatsky Dark Skies is alien encounter done on the cheap. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Split (2016) Noah Berlatsky M. Night Shyamalan's 2016 film Split takes abuse-as-character to a logical and absurd extreme. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009) Noah Berlatsky The cynicism of the undertaking is a little numbing, but even so it's hard not to admire the efficiency of the mechanism. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Limitless (2011) Noah Berlatsky Limitless demonstrates with depressing finality that the power fantasies of adults are much more banal than the power fantasies of children. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Source Code (2011) Noah Berlatsky It's just a dumb Hollywood film. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Psycho Gothic Lolita (2010) Noah Berlatsky Psycho Gothic Lolita goes right through genre and ends up in vertiginously pure filmmaking. Image and idea are manifestly the most important things, and director Ohara Go never lets logic distract him for a moment from the next shiny, shimmery set piece. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Dark Shadows (2012) Noah Berlatsky It's hard to imagine a 1970s without soul, even in Maine, but Dark Shadows pulls it off. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
More Than Honey (2012) Noah Berlatsky More Than Honey is a reminder of how thoroughly humans have intertwined themselves with the other life on this planet, and vice versa. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Noah Berlatsky The movie is not utterly worthless in every way. I'll grant that. But does that mean it's good? Or even adequate? No. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
13TH (2016) Noah Berlatsky From Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Bulworth, the cause of political injustice always comes back to corruption. Ava DuVernay's documentary, 13th, follows a bit too glibly in this tradition-though it also, and admirably, transcends it. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016) Noah Berlatsky The film spirals into supposedly funny, but actually vindictive, violent fantasy. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
The LEGO Batman Movie (2017) Noah Berlatsky The personal growth storyline is glib, clichéd, and irritating. But the real question is, what is that personal growth storyline doing there at all? Who looked at Lego Batman and thought, what is the state of this Cowled Lego's soul? EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019
Look Who's Back (2015) Noah Berlatsky Look Who's Back is only intermittently successful. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2019