The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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Dennis King
Tulsa World
September 27, 2015
The Silence of the Lambs, with its dark Freudian subtext, its Poe-like air of foreboding and its chillingly gritty characterizations, is simply a very tough and very scary little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
February 17, 2015
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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
August 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2013
As Lecter, Anthony Hopkins gives an astounding performance -- eery, menacing, creepy, believable.
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 12, 2013
The confrontations between Foster and Hopkins -- facing her from an ultrasecure cell -- are models of chilling intensity.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2013
Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2013
It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
August 12, 2013
Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity.
Simon Miraudo
July 23, 2013
Has any horror movie equalled it in the past 22 years? Perhaps. But if only one super-gory flick is ever considered worthy enough for the Academy's top prize, I'm fine with this being it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 22, 2013
This multi-Oscar-winning classic, adapted from Thomas Harris's bestseller, was responsible for giving cinematic serial killers a better image, thanks to Anthony Hopkins's enthralling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
February 22, 2013
An exceptionally good film, perhaps this fine director's best, in which the horror genre is elevated into the kind of cinema that can at least be argued about as a treatise for its unsettling times.
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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2013
Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
Foster's character, who is appealing, is dwarfed by the monsters she is after. I'd rather see her work on another case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Total Film
October 9, 2012
Jonathan Demme's astute adaptation of Thomas Harris' last good book entwines the horror and detective genres to enduringly shocking effect.
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hannibal the Cannibal" is the ultimate anti-hero.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
The odd psychological interplay between the gutsy, but green, Starling and the deranged, yet fascinating, Lecter provides the basic tone for Jonathan Demme's well-made, insidious shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Not a second of this two-hour flick, which redefined the term 'thriller' and spawned a host of clones, I can find error with.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 27, 2009
Screenwriters and directors can turn to this classic film for a primer on how to create incredible tension and horror far in excess of what we actually see onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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