The Quiet Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 1, 2006
An occasionally compelling, dark and sometimes darkly funny movie draws us in but doesn't really pay off. And any teenager knows what that describes -- a tease.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 1, 2006
... a lamentable waste of genuine talent, an example of how a weak link spoils a collaborative effort
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 24, 2006
Thematically the movie never reaches beyond the ready-for-prime-time mentality that specializes in psychological shorthand.
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
September 2, 2006
The Quiet fails to realize its ambition of melding the satirical levity of a teen high-school comedy with serious, issue-oriented drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 31, 2006
Babbit overplays her hand, heavily hinting at every mystery, and by the midpoint the film is just a long dive into the inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2006
It's a complete fraud that never feels the least bit authentic in its efforts to titillate and shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 24, 2006
what should have been heavily emotional material careens instead quite quickly into high camp
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 25, 2006
Neither ambitious enough to take seriously nor sleazy enough to enjoy, The Quiet flirts with the trappings of exploitation cinema without going all the way.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 31, 2006
The film could have been re-jiggered as a psychotic after-school special, straightforward, without all the so-called twists that seem to be a requirement of thrillers today.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 28, 2006
[Babbit] basically waltzes through this mundane material without so much a titillating revelation that feels grounded in substantial decadence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A hilariously bad and utterly ridiculous piece of melodrama touted as a thriller.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
September 16, 2006
An uneven satire/black comedy that lurches from serious drama to black comedy and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
August 31, 2006
I do not say this quietly: Save your money.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
August 31, 2006
Speaks queasy volumes about the refracted manner in which the sexualization of female adolescents is viewed as a form of perverse entertainment.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 31, 2006
... lost in the twilight between Gothic social drama and lurid exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 3, 2006
Good grief.
Full Review | Original Score: D
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 3, 2006
[Cuthbert] picked a poor film to get behind as star and producer: it mistakes luridness for tragedy and monotony for sophistication.
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
September 4, 2006
Perversely sordid, some of the creepy soft-core scenes cross the lurid line of bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 16, 2006
Pretentious and pointless -- take a pass.
| Original Score: 1/4
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
Justine Elias
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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August 26, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 2, 2006
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September 23, 2006
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