Matt Oakes

Matt Oakes
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
When not whetting his thirst with an exotic ale, Matt can be found holed up in his Seattle apartment or hidden amongst the mountains. Started blogging about film in college when the college paper wouldn?Äôt have him. Watcher of far too many films annually. Regular attendee @ Sundance, SXSW, SIFF. Editor-in-chief of Silver Screen Riot.
Publications: Silver Screen Riot

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
B- 77% Frozen II (2019) Disney has, in turn, made Elsa into a gorgeous incel; a closed-loop of unfulfilled desire who soaks up the sister cuddles as an alternative next best thing. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
B+ 96% The Irishman (2019) Part of Frank's inhumanity can be laid at the feet of the hugely distracting digital de-aging effect that was used to wind the clock back on Robert DeNiro's weathered visage. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
A 88% Waves (2019) Not even the smallest detail is small enough to overlook in the suburban nightmare that Shults conjures up. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B+ 94% Honey Boy (2019) Drawing from traumatic personal experience, Honey Boy serves as both a creator's exercise in forgiveness and self-healing and a meta cinematic experience with real dramatic weight. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2019
B- 57% Charlie's Angels (2019) May not move the dial much in terms of plot, story, or even character but when everything is working in harmony, it's hard to deny the film's pure entertainment value. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2019
C+ 81% The Report (2019) Seeks to edify, those who are already steadfast consumers of the news likely know the broader story already, if not Daniel Jones' plight specifically. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2019
A 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) 'FORD V. FERRARI' is an anti-establishment American Western...with race cars. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
A 97% Marriage Story (2019) Baumbach has been writing some of the year's best scripts for years and Marriage Story only further solidifies his voice as an essential American storyteller. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B+ 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) Doctor Sleep is comfortable philosophizing on the nature of loss and moving on and has perhaps one of the most authentic, meaningful, and assured depictions of that process in any horror film I can think of. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 10, 2019
B 98% Knives Out (2019) Thanks to the killer ensemble, Johnson still deals up a kind of alternative event escapism, one that deals in star-power and smarm that is so often missing from the cineplexes. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2019
A- 79% Jojo Rabbit (2019) By filtering anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry through the lens of a child coming of age in Nazi Germany, Jojo Rabbit becomes a stirring takedown of the very concept of prejudice itself. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2019
B- 71% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Miller brings with him a sense of over-the-top bombast... and manages to stage some of the year's most brash and blown-out set pieces. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2019
C 51% Black and Blue (2019) While it pays lip service to the grandiose idea of "being the change", Taylor's film remains utterly stagnant. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
A 99% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) [Joon-ho]'s a master of his craft, accounting for the most minute of details while making it look like almost no work at all. His films exert a cool casualness despite their often complicated webs of plots and chameleon-esque tone. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2019
B+ 80% Greener Grass (2019) As weird as rubbing your tongue over your teeth right after you got your braces off, Greener Grass is like a dream you wake up from and can't quite remember all the details - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
C 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The humor oddly tries to both appeal to both the stoners in the audience and the grumbling Fox News-watching dads angry over their daughters dating musicians - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
B- 97% Dolemite Is My Name (2019) Where the hell has this Eddie Murphy been the past two decades? - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
D 26% Gemini Man (2019) Double the Will Smith, half the fun. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2019
A 92% The Lighthouse (2019) Eggers again proves masterful at bringing the impossibilities of antiquity to life. Like the infertile New England woods before it, the ocean is this film's untamable frontier, where men stand at the mercy of nature and dream of salvation. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2019
B+ 96% First Love (Hatsukoi) (2019) First Love is a Japanese take on True Romance, filtered through Miike's signature twisted humor and ultra-violent, splatter tendencies. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
A- 69% Joker (2019) Joker assesses society's fraught structure, the cyclical nature of violence, the damage we allow to be passed onto those less fortunate and more at-risk, and treats it to a punchline. And that's okay. Why so serious? - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
B 96% Harpoon (2019) Stranded at sea with no lifelines, the appeal of cannibalism quickens and Grant manages a healthy dose of gallows humor that laces the building sense of dread. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2019
B- 83% Judy (2019) The film betrays a deep empathy for the titular character, Goold treating Judy to a warmth so often denied her in her personal and professional life. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2019
A- 88% Hustlers (2019) Hustlers is the kind of movie that one might confuse for a guilty pleasure, were it not also borderline great. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
B- 62% It Chapter Two (2019) More bloat than float. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2019
D+ 39% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) A hacky police procedural with loose sci-fi trappings. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
B 88% Ready or Not (2019) A subversive little slice of late summer mayhem that doubles as a masterclass in how not to welcome a new addition to the family. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
B+ 95% The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) A lucky penny of a movie, a beacon of unfiltered goodness that never forgets that the number one rule of happiness in life is to party with the people you love. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
B+ 80% Good Boys (2019) Our cackles are complemented and intensified by the inherent sweetness of these characters and their story of growing up and growing apart. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 15, 2019
D- 48% Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019) Where Did You Go Bernadette? is a puzzle that Linklater and all his creativity could not crack, the adaptation a blight on an otherwise accomplished and diverse filmography. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
C+ 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) As much as the children performances aren't really living up to their end of the bargain, the script has some major issues of its own to overcome. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
A- 99% Honeyland (2019) Stefanov and Kotevska present the material in a naturalist and unfussy vérité style, dropping us into a world as alien as the surface of Mars and allowing us to exist in its fragile buzzing ecosystem for 85 wonderful minutes. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2019
B+ 91% Luce (2019) Smartly written, Luce doesn't lend itself easily to definition. There are elements of domestic drama and psychological horror but [it] never surrenders to putting itself in such an easy box. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2019
C- 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Even for a glorified live-action Looney Toon, the effects can be dizzyingly gummy and nonsensical. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
C 85% Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) [Tarantinos's] overly simplified treatise on heroes and has-beens never adds up to much of anything aside from a towering ode to himself. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
B 42% Stuber (2019) The inspired juxtaposition of Bautista and Nanjiani simply cannot be overstated, their lightning-in-a-bottle chemistry making for the very best version of what this movie could be. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
C 53% The Lion King (2019) A tale of technological wonder and complete and utter creative indifference. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
C 63% Yesterday (2019) A rom-com Trojan-horsed in a concept comedy. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
A- 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Woody's search for purpose can be taken as a meta-textual commentary on the film itself - how to stretch a franchise that's already ended perfectly into another dollar or billion? - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
D+ 23% Men in Black International (2019) Men in Black: International has more in common with the widely panned R.I.P.D. than it does with the film that helped launch Will Smith to superstardom. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
B+ 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Playing out like a demented Nickelback-version of Fargo, so begins the most incompetent criminal coverup of all time. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2019
A 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) Talbot invents a style all his own: the authentic whimsicalist, the poetic pragmatist, the grounded surrealist...and the sheer confidence exuded in this film is simply magical. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2019
C- 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) As if struck with rigor mortis, Jim Jarmusch's take on zombies is a DOA satire of sorts, one that's much too self-aware for its own good. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2019
A- 93% Logan (2017) In an age where superhero films blindly follow the doctrine that more is more, Logan simplifies. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- 85% Deadpool (2016) Beneath the vulgar facade and low-budg sheen lies a very self-safe origin story skeleton, one that lives and breathes by the beats of that whence came before it. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
A- 90% X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) If X-Men was about coming out of the closet, X2 about unity, X3 about fear-mongering, and First Class about brotherhood, X:Men Days of Future Past is all about course correction. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
B- 71% The Wolverine (2013) Caught in a time warp where wounds heal and faces never age, Logan is haunted not by death but by life. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
D+ 47% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) "Everyone knows the third one is always the worst," a young Jean Grey ironically reports. X-Men: Apocalypse proves Jean Grey's point. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
C- 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Mo' monsters, mo' problems. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
B 93% Wild Rose (2019) Eyes will be superglued to Buckley who brings ragged life to a complicated deadbeat momma aspiring to be a country star. - Silver Screen Riot EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019