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Silent House (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 125
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 74

Silent House is more technically proficient and ambitious than most fright-fests, but it also suffers from a disappointing payoff.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 16

Silent House is more technically proficient and ambitious than most fright-fests, but it also suffers from a disappointing payoff.

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Average Rating: 2.7/5
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From the directors of the hit film Open Water, Silent House is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house. Directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a

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Jul 24, 2012

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All Critics (128) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (74) | DVD (3)

Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau ('Open Water') should have plugged the original's plot holes and straightened out its logic.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (2)
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It's Olsen's performance that makes Sarah's plight matter. And the actress proves that her mesmerizing turn in last fall's Martha Marcy May Marlene -- about a woman on the lam from a cult -- wasn't a fluke.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (2)
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Silent House feels like a psychotic episode come to life. It's impressive and oppressive, and it very effectively gets on your nerves.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (2)
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[Olsen is] terrific at showing shifts of emotion just underneath the skin of her wide, china-doll face.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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Paranormal Activity has been here before, of course, but Silent House springs tangy new tricks, and Olsen is a primo scream queen.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comment (1)
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As a technical experiment in real time cinema, Silent House is fascinating, but it fails as both an interesting story and a visceral experience.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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Although it has plenty of atmosphere and tense moments, Silent House is ultimately lacking in every other department.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Moviegoers looking for a unique horror-thriller experience, who find the "real time" premise intriguing, are likely to enjoy Silent House in spite of its flaws.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

[Elizabeth Olsen's] impressive portrayal - and even an admittedly interesting overall conclusion - just isn't enough to rescue a film that is literally agonising to watch.

September 13, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

As Trish declared to Darry in Jeepers Creepers: 'You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it?' This is littered with those moments.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: NECN

A skillful thriller with something unexpectedly insidious on its mind.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

While the movie delivers fantastic atmosphere and some effective scares, there are many missed opportunities where the camera doesn't catch the moments with the most impact.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Interesting one-take cinematography and a great performance by Elizabeth Olsen are very nearly ruined by a muddled story that leaves little room for replay value.

July 23, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

The gap between technological fetishism and story craft now has a name: Olsen's Cleavage.

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comment (1)
The Ooh Tray

In this version transposed to the States it loses whatever claims to individuality it once had as well as wasting the talent of Elizabeth Olsen.

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Elizabeth Olsen is perfectly committed to her role, yet once you get past the technical wizardry, it - like the Uruguayan original - quickly becomes tedious.

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Has a powerful enough context behind it, but ... it disappoints ... Still, Olsen is a star worth following and has carved out an impressive niche in the psychological thriller genre.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Real.com

Film-makers Lau and Kentis seem to lose their collective mojo 20 minutes in and we're left watching a mostly dark screen and listening to a great deal of random panting.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The problem is that the remake hasn't solved the essential defect of the first film.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

It's still atmospheric enough, and like the original, has a quasi-theatrical event status. But it feels like a copy.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Olsen is, without question, one of the most intriguing, most thrilling young talents to burst onto the scene in years, and she's very very good here... so good that I wished the movie was kinder to her as a talent...

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Olsen's brilliantly nervy and detailed performance deserved a flick that knew how to house it.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Ludicrous and offensive in equal measure. Avoid.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's well acted but repetitive and not scary enough.

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The scariest film of the decade to date.

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Comments (3)
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for Silent House

Elizabeth Olson is one of those very likeable young actresses who got her career started in the independent world of film, and is now working her way to the big screen in a huge way, starring in the sequel to the Avengers. In this film however, she seems to be trying very hard to hold her performance together at times, seeing as the film is seamlessly cut to look like it has all been filmed in one take, and as amazing as that is to watch, the substance just really is not there. From a generic script to a generic and dumb plot twist, this film is nothing more than a throwaway that you can either choose to say you enjoyed or hated. The camerawork is definitely something to admire, but the film surrounding it is very very weak. Sadly, "Silent House" is not warranted a recommendation.
June 9, 2014
KJ Proulx

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two stars
May 8, 2013
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"Experience 88 Minutes Of Real Fear Captured In Real Time"

This is just one of those films that I can't really gather my thoughts on. One one hand, I love the idea; on the other hand, the execution isn't great. Silent House has a lot of promise. Elizabeth Olsen does a good job as the girl were following around for 88 minutes. The other actors, not so much. Also, I loved the way the film was shot. We're stuck following a girl around a house that is getting weirder as we go along. 

Sarah is helping her father and uncle pack up the old, family lakeside house. When her uncle leaves, only the father and daughter are left in the house. Then weird things begin happening. Sarah thinks she hears something up stairs, father goes to check it all out. Everything is fine. Father goes missing. Daughter is being chased.... Yeah, so it's not very original. I can't honestly sit here and say that this film is anything groundbreaking in the horror genre. Still there's something about it that makes me like it more than I should.

Silent House has received a ton of slack and I can understand that. The film drags and is down right boring at times. At other times, it managed to keep me in suspense when we were going down hallways and through doors. I wouldn't ever label this as a "scary" movie, but it has its moments that were suspenseful. 

I won't lie, the film has its share of problems. For one it isn't atmospheric enough, and that's a vitally important element in a movie like this. Still, I really liked Elizabeth Olsen and the way the movie was shot altogether. I'm not sure whether or not I liked the movie as a whole or whether I was just able to put up with it enough. Still, I believe it's better than a lot of modern day horror films. Maybe that isn't saying a whole lot, but I still have some respect for this movie.
February 26, 2013
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Melvin White

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Quite a strange film...to be honest though it might have sounded good on paper and the twists and finale probably sounded interesting enough. The main problem is if you watch many films like this you could probably figure it all out within the first 10 minutes, I did. So what could have been great ends up being quite predictable and it becomes a slow film, even at 80mins long to an obvious conclusion. The filming style was ok, not quite Rec or Blair witch, but hand held and up close do add to the atmosphere of the film. A missed opportunity as there seem to be a lot of similar style films out at present. On the plus side Elizabeth Olsen does keep your attention, for male viewers anyway.
December 7, 2012
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    1. Sophia: Remember me?
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    1. Peter: Bite me.
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    1. John: Hey sweetie, I checked your Facebook page, what's his name wrote on your wall again.
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    1. Sophia: How long's it been since you were out here?
    2. Sarah: It's been a long time.
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    1. Sarah: You're a loser!
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    1. Sarah: Daddy...what did they do to you?
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