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The Quiet Ones (2014)

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 44

While it definitely sports a few palpable scares, The Quiet Ones finds Hammer Films trading too heavily on past glories.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 13

While it definitely sports a few palpable scares, The Quiet Ones finds Hammer Films trading too heavily on past glories.

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From the producer who brought you The Woman In Black and Let Me In comes the unnerving tale of The Quiet Ones. Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an "experiment" on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets. What dark forces they uncover are more terrifying than any of them expected. Inspired by true events, the film stars Jared Harris (Mad Men and Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows), Sam Claflin (The

PG-13,

Horror

Aug 19, 2014

$8.5M

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (44) | DVD (1)

"The Quiet Ones" simply has nothing to say.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The Quiet Ones is a pretty ironic title for a horror film whose primary scare tactic is to periodically crank up the volume, sending the needle to the red with a sudden spike in the decibel levels.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Unfortunately, it's all very familiar and somewhat tediously played out.

April 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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"The Quiet Ones" is rated PG-13, but it's scarier than R-rated gorefests, like "Proxy," "Nurse 3D," and "American Mary." Anyone can create disgust; creating slowly-building disquiet is entirely another proposition.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The Quiet Ones is uninspired even by contemporary horror standards - which comes as a bit of a shock, given its pedigree.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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A retro possession story that will wind up being best remembered for its groovy '70s setting (lots of mutton-chop sideburns and T. Rex and Slade songs on the soundtrack) and a deliciously sinister performance from Jared Harris.

April 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There is a lot to admire as the film embraces a pleasing brand of old-school chills over modern-day, pop-culture hipness.

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

With its many desperate attempts at scares and a completely lacking narrative, "The Quiet Ones" is a failure on just about every level.

August 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Things certainly do go bump in the night--and the day and the morning and at just about every other possible moment that Pogue can toss in an amped-up sound effect to scare the pants off his hopefully susceptible viewers.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Jared Harris would have fit in nicely alongside Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee back in Hammer's heyday.

May 12, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A very watchable horror film, psychological shocker, or whatever you want to call it.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Well-shot, well-acted and, well, kinda boring.

May 8, 2014 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

We're here for the scares and chills, and on this front the film does enough in building atmosphere and providing the requisite frights to prove watchable.

May 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

[Nearly] works as a horror-tinged chamber drama; when it is about spooky, underlit houses with inexplicable goings-on... it's merely adequate at best, and frequently not even that.

May 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Doesn't actually tell a story or develop any kind of rising suspense or tingling chills so much as it presents a series of jump-shocks and sudden, loud noises.

May 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The movie does have some nice takeaways, mostly to do with Harris' gleefully unhinged performance...but they are few and far between.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The problem with the film comes from a tendency to not be able to deliver on its attempts at the Big Scares.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This latter-day product of renowned UK horror brand Hammer Films has all the finesse of a county-fair scarehouse, and it's about as scary.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

If THE QUIET ONES is not a classic, at least it fails gracefully and the genre is better for its effort.

May 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

This lack of plausible narrative is either the result of lazy filmmaking or shortcut editing. Either way, you lose.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film seems to mimic [Professor] Coupland's scientific method: Throw everything into the beaker, crank up the Bunsen burner, and hope the experiment works. In both cases, it doesn't.

May 1, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Its retro melding of [The Conjuring and Insidious] with a heavy dose of Carrie-style telekinetic mayhem doesn't result in anything particularly memorable. Apart from the Slade, that is.

April 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Campy and creepy - it's sinister but not scary enough.

April 26, 2014 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Audience Reviews for The Quiet Ones

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June 1, 2014
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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A somewhat confusing but uninteresting horror! That doesn't scare nor thrill !
May 26, 2014
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

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The Quiet Ones is one of those underrated horror films that quietly finds its way into a horror fans DVD player. Although, nothing excellent, the film is surprisingly atmospheric, which is key to creating effective tension. I found this one to be a very well acted film with a good story, and it's quite terrifying at times due to the fact that it steadily builds up the tension throughout the film to really make things unnerving. If you're a diehard genre fan, you'll surely enjoy it, and like I said, it's an underrated affair, one that doesn't deserve all the flack it has received, as there are some good things going on-screen. Here. The Quiet Ones isn't the most terrifying horror film this year, but it nonetheless delivers some good chills throughout to make it at least a worthwhile viewing experience for fans that enjoy these types of movies. The film has a found footage vibe, and it's interesting what the director tries to do with the idea, and it's a really unique twist. Overall, the film has plenty of strengths to make this a solid recommendation to viewers looking for a well acted, chilling piece of work. I agree that there could have been some improvements, but the film as it is, is not bad. There have been far worse movies in the genre lately, and The Quiet Ones is a film that better than what most critics have said about it. Hammer films have made another good little film here, and there are enough effective moments to grab your attention for a tense hour and a half. The Quiet Ones is a good movie, but one that never realizes its potential and it had so much to deliver. However as it is, this is a pleasant treat for genre fans, and like I said, is underrated.
May 21, 2014
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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It is creepy... but not in a good way. I can't decide if this one was bad filmmaking or bad film-editing... either way it was bad.
June 27, 2014
Heather Joy

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