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The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2013
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2013
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As Lecter, Anthony Hopkins gives an astounding performance -- eery, menacing, creepy, believable.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 12, 2013
Ralph Novak
People Magazine

The confrontations between Foster and Hopkins -- facing her from an ultrasecure cell -- are models of chilling intensity.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

August 12, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2013
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
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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 Source: New Yorker

August 12, 2013
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 23, 2013
John Ferguson
Radio Times

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 Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

February 22, 2013
Derek Malcolm
Guardian

n 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.

Full Review Source: Guardian

February 22, 2013
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

February 22, 2013

Total Film

Jonathan Demme's astute adaptation of Thomas Harris' last good book entwines the horror and detective genres to enduringly shocking effect.

Full Review Source: Total Film

October 9, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hannibal the Cannibal" is the ultimate anti-hero.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

April 16, 2012
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 15, 2010
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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 Source: Georgia Straight | Original Score: 4/5

July 6, 2010
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Not a second of this two-hour flick, which redefined the term 'thriller' and spawned a host of clones, I can find error with.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

July 6, 2010
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

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 Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 89/100

April 27, 2009
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

All of its most enduring aesthetic qualities and themes%u2014essentially what sets it apart from so many imitators and established it almost immediately as a canonical film%u2014are contained in its riveting first 20 minutes, which draw you in like a stee

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 4/4

March 18, 2009
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!

It has maintained its reputation as a chilling drama after all these years...

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 10/10

February 23, 2009
David Ansen
Newsweek
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This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

October 18, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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A pretty sharp new thriller.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 7, 2008
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