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Dead Silence Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very creepy little ditty that works once it rears up to the second half.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 26, 2013
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 14, 2010
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

All dolls are inherently freaky, but there's something seriously bent about a little wooden man with bulging eyes, shiny cheeks, and perfect chompers.

Full Review Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2010
Cole Smithey

Plodding and bereft of suspense, "Dead Silence" is an irredeemable jumble of cliché genre fragments.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

April 26, 2009
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood

"Dead Silence" is not going to reinvent the genre. It's actually a big pile of nonsense, but that doesn't stop it from being fun nonetheless.

Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood

April 18, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Wan and Whannell have a carnivalesque sense of fun and a sure instinct for recycling classic horror tropes, but their characters are so flat and their plotting so listless that this low-budget feature fails to generate much suspense.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 3, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's awful. It eats your soul, it's so awful.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 1/10

September 27, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

All Wan and Whannell know is shock-and-awe tactics. They may shock, but there's no awe.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

July 29, 2007
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine

For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

July 27, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews ambitious misfire.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 21, 2007
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

There's something quaintly charming about the filmmakers' unabashed affection for their inspirational source material, although the sense of over-familiarity means that none of it is in the least bit scary.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

July 14, 2007
Matthew Turner

Poorly written, badly directed and ultimately scare-free horror flick that's further hindered by dismal performances and unintentionally laughable dialogue.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2007
Derek Malcolm
This is London

It's woefully flat and not nearly as scary as it thinks it is. It almost makes one yearn for Saw. But not quite.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2007
Anthony Quinn

I admit that I didn't see the daft last-minute twist coming, and sort of admired it, but for the rest you'd need an extravagant love of hokum not to feel mildly bored.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2007

Sun Online

Dead Silence is redeemed by a so-bad-it-is-good factor.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2007

Daily Mirror [UK]

It's also a bit shocking that a movie this mediocre is getting a cinema release at all. Dead Silence more resembles one of those five-quid DVDs you find in petrol stations.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2007

Daily Mail [UK]

This is Days Of Our Lives for the living dead - possibly the only film in history to prompt the reaction, 'That would have been worse, if not for Donnie Wahlberg's acting talent!' and far more predictable than you'd expect from the director of Saw.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

July 6, 2007

Total Film

"Who's the dummy now?" she rasps. Well, you are if you waste your hard-earned on this tepid retread of Dickie Attenborough's 1978 Magic, a curious stumble from Leigh Whannell and James Wan after the success of their Saw gore-fests.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2007
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

there's something about its overblown stormy-night atmospherics and reliably dismal dialogue that's bad in almost a fun way. I'd rather laugh through this kind of harmless, rickety schlock, any day, than grimace through Saw III.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

July 6, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

A reasonable shocker.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

July 6, 2007
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