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
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Stephen Silver Even if you're not a NASA buff, there's still legitimate suspense, and it's thrilling. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Stephen Silver Arrives in theaters as an adequate superhero film, complete with many of the strengths and weaknesses of the genre. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3/5 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) Stephen Silver If you've been a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon series but were really hoping to one day see Toothless the dragon take a dragon wife, I have some great news. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Stephen Silver "A relatively unconventional heist picture, both in structure and in execution, helped by an understated, wonderful performance by Ben Affleck" EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4.5/5 High Flying Bird (2019) Stephen Silver It's a sports film with almost no sports, that also, somewhat sneakily, adds up to a message consistent with that of the Sports Left. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3.5/5 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) Stephen Silver In everything from writing to humor to songs, the sequel is operating at about 75 percent capacity of the first film EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
2/5 Miss Bala (2019) Stephen Silver Yet another story of an American with no experience as a criminal going down to Mexico, battling toe-to-toe with dangerous, murderous drug dealers, and coming out on top. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
4/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Stephen Silver "A film so weird, so offbeat, and so out of nowhere, that it's the sort of release that major studios never take risks on anymore" (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2019
3/5 Serenity (2019) Stephen Silver Has its moments, and its half-hearted release may have more to do with what a hard sell its story is, or perhaps awards season strategy, than its overall quality. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
1/5 Glass (2019) Stephen Silver talky and inert, Glass sticks to a single, boring location for the majority of its running time. Then there's a twist, and not a very good one. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 The Upside (2018) Stephen Silver Its sins are somewhat mitigated by handsome production design and winning chemistry between Cranston and Hart. But there's nothing particularly memorable about the film. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 Escape Room (2019) Stephen Silver Some good ideas, some truly innovative and beautiful production design, and capable performances, though it falls apart at the end. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
2/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Stephen Silver Aside from a single brief scene, there's no mention of Ginsburg being Jewish at all, so the film overlooks a fascinating angle. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
3.5/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Stephen Silver A strange, not altogether necessary sequel, but still very enjoyable. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
1.5/5 Destroyer (2018) Stephen Silver Plagued by bad filmmaking touches and a time-jumping structure that's unnecessary, while the plot hinges on the importance of a love story that's not compelling. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2018
2/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Stephen Silver Should never have opened at the same time as The Favourite, which attempts most of the same things but does all of them much better EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
1.5/5 Mortal Engines (2018) Stephen Silver Answers a burning question: What if Mad Max: Fury Road had sucked? EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 The House That Jack Built (2018) Stephen Silver A gross, unpleasant slog, despite a capable turn from Dillon, who doesn't get used nearly enough these days. (R-Rated version) EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Stephen Silver Does it suffer at all, as nothing less than the fourth launch of a new Spider-Man series since 2002? Not really. It's so different, and so expansive, that I didn't mind. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4/5 Aquaman (2018) Stephen Silver The world-building here is definitely the best of any non-Wonder Woman DCEU film, the action sequences are first-rate, and unlike in Zack Snyder's Superman films, there's actually sunlight. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
2/5 Vox Lux (2018) Stephen Silver An ugly, disjointed film, one which tries ambitiously to juggle heavy ideas but never gets a handle on any of them EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
3.5/5 Vice (2018) Stephen Silver Entertaining, with great performances, but the odd storytelling touches are a bit much (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
4.5/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Stephen Silver Equal parts funny, touching, and great-looking, Ralph Breaks the Internet is the rare animated sequel that's better than the original. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 The Favourite (2018) Stephen Silver It's a well-acted, handsomely-mounted production, full of delightful scheming. However, it never finds that extra gear to propel it into greatness EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Stephen Silver The opening segment might be the best 15 minutes of any film this year. Unfortunately, the film never reaches that level again. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
2/5 Green Book (2018) Stephen Silver It's another movie about racism and the civil rights era that's told almost entirely through the eyes of a white guy. This isn't a film about racism; it's the true story of a white man noticing racism. ​ (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
3.5/5 Creed II (2018) Stephen Silver Perfectly serviceable as both a boxing movie and a Rocky movie, but it's missing that extra gear that the first Creed had (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
4/5 Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me by Now (2018) Stephen Silver The film is a success, for two reasons: It gets across Pendergrass' unique appeal, and it's full of great stories by musical old timers and the singer's other collaborators. (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
3/5 Outlaw King (2018) Stephen Silver A serviceable historical epic even if you're not a 14th-century history buff. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
2/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Stephen Silver A toothless, compromised mess, one that doesn't seem to have more than a passing understanding of its real-life protagonist. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2018
5/5 Shirkers (2018) Stephen Silver A one-of-a-kind story about filmmaking dreams deferred and eventually realized. (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4.5/5 Bathtubs Over Broadway (2018) Stephen Silver A sweet and endearing film, a fun celebration of an extremely narrow subculture, and a rare example these days of obsessed fandom being wielded for good and not for bad (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes (2018) Stephen Silver Portrays the man as a grotesque, Mephistophelian villain. But it absolutely takes him seriously, and aptly demonstrates the ways he used his power and the media to help make the current U.S. moment possible. (Broad Street Review.) EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 Thunder Road (2018) Stephen Silver At turns funny, uncomfortable, and heartbreaking, and I think what works best about is that Cummings is dropped into a serious cop-on-the-edge plot, despite looking like a cop from Super Troopers. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
3.5/5 The Front Runner (2018) Stephen Silver I enjoyed watching The Front Runner, while acknowledging that it doesn't add up to much, or approach its material with any discernible point of view. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
4/5 Boy Erased (2018) Stephen Silver The best of this fall's overlapping three "boy" movies, a harrowing but well-done story about gay conversion therapy EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Stephen Silver Alfonso Cuaron delivers his best film since Children of Men. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2018
3/5 Beautiful Boy (2018) Stephen Silver Anchored by two strong lead performances, but the film just keeps making points, and then underlining them, and adding exclamation points. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
3.5/5 First Man (2018) Stephen Silver Chazelle has upped the stakes in gravitas and ambition, while not quite reaching the heights of his previous collaboration with Ryan Gosling EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Fire Music (2018) Stephen Silver There's plenty in Fire Music for both free jazz aficionados and neophytes, but there's no doubt this is a doc that gives this music its due EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Se rokh (2018) Stephen Silver Both a character study and a portrait of Iran today, complete with cultural misunderstandings and language barriers. There's also a joke involving a cow that pays off brilliantly EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4.5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Stephen Silver It's another film with a mostly black cast that touches on both great beauty and great tragedy, and further cements Jenkins as one of the most vital voices in cinema today. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 Venom (2018) Stephen Silver An aggressively mediocre superhero movie, hopscotching through divergent tones that don't fit together. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Blaze (2018) Stephen Silver Even if you'd never heard of Blaze Foley, there's a lot to enjoy in his namesake biopic. It announces Ethan Hawke, 30-some years into his acting career, as a directing talent. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
4/5 Widows (2018) Stephen Silver Successfully fusing two unlikely genres, it's both a traditional heist picture and a trenchant political and social commentary.​ (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 Ben Is Back (2018) Stephen Silver Most of the good stuff is in the film's first half, but its final hour, when it suddenly turns into a crime caper, is simply no good. (Broad Street Review) EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 Gosnell (2018) Stephen Silver Seriously lacking in local authenticity, while also propagating multiple false myths that came out of the Kermit Gosnell saga (Philadelphia Weekly) EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2018
2/5 Fahrenheit 11/9 (2018) Stephen Silver The film has a few scattered good insights, most notably in its Flint section, but overall it doesn't add much to the general critique of Trump that's now been a daily drumbeat for over three years. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
4.5/5 A Star Is Born (2018) Stephen Silver It's full of old-fashioned movie magic, with Bradley Cooper knocking it out of the park in his directorial debut, and Lady Gaga bringing it, and not just with her singing. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018
4/5 A Simple Favor (2018) Stephen Silver Doesn't entirely hold together, but I give the film credit for its audacity, and for striking a strange, off-kilter tone and sticking to it for nearly two hours. EDIT
Posted Sep 26, 2018