The Silence of the Lambs (1991)



Critic Consensus: Director Jonathan Demme's smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

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In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Ted Tally
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On DVD: Jul 1, 1998
Orion Pictures Corporation


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Critic Reviews for The Silence of the Lambs

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (21)

The movie, scary and graphic to cause timid souls (such as this writer) to close their eyes at certain points, has a vise-like grip on the audience.

Full Review… | February 17, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Jonathan Demme's hypnotic adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel has a seriousness and intensity that's been entirely lacking in horror movies lately.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Hopkins' cumulative screen image is one of civility and decency, and the association adds to the withering, macabre effect of his murderer. It is a remarkably lucid portrait of lunacy.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for The Silence of the Lambs

A stunning and scintillating thriller with remarkable characters portrayed larger than life by Foster and Hopkins.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

This breathtaking psychological thriller and terrific character study will always be remembered for its iconic depiction of one of the most fascinating monsters ever created, Dr. Lecter, having deserved every award that it won, although Ted Levine should have also been remembered for his fantastic performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A taut thriller, 'Silence of the Lambs' is one of the most gripping cinematic experiences out there. With the help of a devilishly good performance from Hopkins, a kinetic pace, and a potent script, 'Lambs' has easily crafted its place in cinematic history, as well as tapped into crime thriller gold.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

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