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The Quiet Reviews

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Kam Williams

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 10, 2007
Clint Morris

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

September 27, 2006
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

September 16, 2006
Dustin Putman

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 Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 2, 2006
Shawn Levy

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

September 1, 2006
Mike Ward

From pill popping to promiscuity to bloodlust and incest, The Quiet is not a happy, family film, unless your family is the Osbournes.

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September 1, 2006
Alex Markerson
E! Online

Murky, confounding but engrossing thriller.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B-

September 1, 2006
Brian Orndorf

As the picture gets wilder and the performances achieve a Telemundo-broad pitch, Babbit keeps this trainwreck engrossing

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

September 1, 2006
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Forget Snakes on a Plane -- The Quiet is the new camp classic of the summer.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3/5

September 1, 2006
Mary-Liz Shaw
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

August 31, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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An unnerving little psychological study that makes the most of the high-def aesthetic.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

August 31, 2006
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

The score is good, with lots of Beethoven, who, not surprisingly, is Dot's favorite composer.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

August 31, 2006
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 31, 2006
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews

a disturbing drama that is as riveting to watch as it is challenging to contemplate

Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

August 30, 2006
Victoria Alexander

Intentionally slow-paced, Babbit's taut direction gives Cuthbert a mean-spirited thriller as an acting showcase. And, Falco does an impressive nude scene!

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August 28, 2006
Gary Goldstein

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

August 25, 2006
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Meanders at times, and stretches credibility...[but] The Quiet's creepy character study reaches an emotionally satisfying conclusion.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2006
Gene Seymour
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Babbit's flair for menace and allure can't be dismissed; nor can the magnetism of Cuthbert and Belle.

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

August 24, 2006
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

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 Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 15, 2006
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

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.

July 15, 2006
Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
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Cole Abaius
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October 18, 2008

Ebert & Roeper
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Chicago Reader
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August 26, 2006
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