The Quiet Reviews

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Kam Williams
BlackFilm.com
February 10, 2007
What on the surface initially seems like your typical bitchy blonde-versus-ostracized newcomer teensploit is merely this taut psychological thriller's point of departure for the exploration of a more sobering set of circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 27, 2006
The next "American Beauty". The film expunges every inch of emotion from its actors shells - particularly marvellous newcomer Camilla Belle, last seen in the "When A Stranger Calls" remake, and former "24" cutie Elisha Cuthbert, whose never been better"
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 16, 2006
One strength of The Quiet is that it does not deal exploitatively with the incest/sexual abuse issue in its quest to generate tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
September 2, 2006
An uncomfortable and disturbing portrait of lives in disarray, each one being hidden by a veneer of faux-normalcy within the external world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
September 1, 2006
Director Jamie Babbit, with unnervingly beautiful compositions and sharp editing, lures you so skillfully into the film's awful revelations and sickening atmosphere, you feel rather like Dot: defenseless, alone, vulnerable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
September 1, 2006
From pill popping to promiscuity to bloodlust and incest, The Quiet is not a happy, family film, unless your family is the Osbournes.
Alex Markerson
E! Online
September 1, 2006
Murky, confounding but engrossing thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
September 1, 2006
As the picture gets wilder and the performances achieve a Telemundo-broad pitch, Babbit keeps this trainwreck engrossing
Full Review | Original Score: B
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 1, 2006
Forget Snakes on a Plane -- The Quiet is the new camp classic of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 31, 2006
The direction by Jamie Babbit, a young filmmaker who has done mostly television dramas, is sure and close in a modern noir way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 31, 2006
An unnerving little psychological study that makes the most of the high-def aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
August 31, 2006
The score is good, with lots of Beethoven, who, not surprisingly, is Dot's favorite composer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 31, 2006
The Quiet doesn't have the wit of American Beauty, and, in fact, what's most interesting about it is its weirdly blank haziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 30, 2006
a disturbing drama that is as riveting to watch as it is challenging to contemplate
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
August 28, 2006
Intentionally slow-paced, Babbit's taut direction gives Cuthbert a mean-spirited thriller as an acting showcase. And, Falco does an impressive nude scene!
Gary Goldstein
Reel.com
August 25, 2006
The Quiet's attractive young cast, erotically charged dialogue, and occasional chills make the movie a whole lot kickier than might be expected.
| Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 24, 2006
Meanders at times, and stretches credibility...[but] The Quiet's creepy character study reaches an emotionally satisfying conclusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 24, 2006
Babbit's flair for menace and allure can't be dismissed; nor can the magnetism of Cuthbert and Belle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 15, 2006
As a vehicle for two stunning, upcoming talents, it's intriguing and stylish enough to warrant a look-see, with eroticism as the clincher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 15, 2006
Over the last several years, Jamie Babbit has quietly assembled some of the most brutally honest and campily hysterical portrayals of dysfunctional suburbia, burgeoning teen sexuality, and high school life with an emphasis on cheerleaders and popularity.
Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
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Ebert & Roeper
September 23, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2006
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Chicago Reader
August 26, 2006
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