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Silent House Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

May 1, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Original Score: 7/10

March 9, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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[Olsen is] terrific at showing shifts of emotion just underneath the skin of her wide, china-doll face.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Olsen is compelling even when the film isn't.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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The creeping presence of horror-flick hokum not only robs the scares of their strength, it shatters the realism that the single-take format is trying to convey.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller "Silent House" lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 9, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A scary, yet thoughtful - some might even say deep - art-house frightfest.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Sometimes you don't want to know what is lurking in the dark because the answer is just too obvious and dumb.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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It's not hard to guess the source of her horror, and so the film's most interesting aspects are its gimmicks rather than its frights.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Sarah does any number of silly things while scurrying through this not-so-silent house, but keeps the audience on her side; you want her to get out of the house immediately but you don't get annoyed with her when she can't.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 8, 2012
Andrew Lapin
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Even if Silent House had turned out as grimy, gory and stupid as much of its terrorplex ilk, the film would still be an achievement simply owing to its construction.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 8, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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"Silent House'' is up to something. The filmmakers, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, must have seen plenty of horror movies worth discussing in a women's studies class.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 8, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The tricky camera moves that fill up "Silent House" make for one-half of a nerveracking horror film - before the movie's obviousness just gets on your nerves.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 8, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The directors have come up with a new and powerful way to film a thriller: Silent House contains no quick editing in the active moments, and there is never an instance when the movie cuts unexpectedly to something scary as the soundtrack thunders.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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"The silence will kill you!" warn the posters for "Silent House." That's only if the boredom doesn't get you first, though.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

March 8, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A denouement more textbook than thrilling stalls some of the movie's power. But the early chills are potent, intense.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

March 8, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It wouldn't work without the exceptional work of Olsen. Her uneasily captivating performance here could almost be viewed as the "why" prequel to Martha Marcy May Marlene, the other chiller from Sundance 2011 that established her as rising star to watch.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 8, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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My attention was held for the first act or so. Then any attempt at realism was abandoned, and it became clear that the house, and the movie containing it, were devices to manufacture methodical thrills.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 8, 2012
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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It's a home-invasion shocker a la "The Strangers," but this one is made even more trippy by the gimmick that the film appears to be shot in one long take and occurs in real time.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

March 7, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Look hard and you might find a few thrills in a potboiler called Silent House, but I was fighting too hard to stay awake to pay much attention.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 7, 2012
James Berardinelli
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Unfortunately, so much of what could be great about this movie is undercut by the instability of the hand-held camera and the weak ending.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Olsen continues to reveal a startling comfort and maturity in front of the camera for someone so young and relatively inexperienced. But the film's dexterous cinematographer, Igor Martinovic, is just as much of a star behind the lens.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Those Olsens and their houses, huh?

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 6, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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For 88 minutes, Olsen rivets our attention, and the camera's, so fiercely it verges on unbearable. Silent House is her movie.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 6, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Silent House does superficially spiff up the haunted-house movie, but it's not built to last.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 6, 2012
Rob Nelson
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The pic's true star is Martinovic's unblinking camera, which really ought to have been let loose in some other house.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 6, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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A certain technical virtuosity is the signal virtue of Silent House, a creaky haunted house that, once the big twist is revealed, makes very little sense at all.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 2, 2012
Eric D. Snider
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Practically a master class in how to tell a spooky-house story.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

February 22, 2012
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