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
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 58% 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 88% 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 93% 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 72% 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 82% 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 80% 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 63% 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 93% 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 80% 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 56% 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 88% 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
1/5 14% The Hustle (2019) Disjointed, structured poorly, and not funny. Most of its gags die on the vine, it fails to make the most of its cast, and it's difficult to care about anything that's going on on screen. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3/5 100% Knock Down the House (2019) Gives a first-hand look at AOC's unique political talents and skills. But it doesn't shed new light on AOC's rise, or show us much that we didn't already experience less than a year ago. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 81% Long Shot (2019) A traditional romcom that also says a lot about media and politics, while at the same time serving as a plea for reconciliation between the Hillary and Bernie wings of the Democratic Party. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
3.5/5 54% J.T. LeRoy (2019) hile it doesn't shed much new light on the LeRoy story, nevertheless works as a character study that's buoyed by a pair of strong performances. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) What's great about this film, and the series overall, is that the action is so well-executed. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
4.5/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) A satisfying end to an era and worthy of its size and hype - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
1.5/5 58% Under the Silver Lake (2019) Perhaps the worst imaginable version of one of my favorite types of movies. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 83% High Life (2019) it's different: there are no aliens, little science, and more sexuality than is typical for the genre. It's also thought-provoking in a way that's not predictable. - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 80% Official Secrets (2019) Would make a fine double feature with 2009's In the Loop, another British film about the combination of malevolence and cowardice that led to the start of the Iraq War (Broad Street Review) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4.5/5 83% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) A fascinating, funny, and very timely satire of masculinity (Broad Street Review) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 76% Guava Island (2019) Odd, and at times feels like a goof. But it encapsulates the filmmaking style of Glover, Murai and Co., and I was entertained throughout (Philadelphia Weekly) - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
4/5 93% Screwball (2019) If you preferred the scumbag version of ARod, you're likely to enjoy Screwball, which looks back on the Biogenesis scandal - Splice Today EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2019