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The Silence (2013)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

84%
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 3,968

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Movie Info

THE SILENCE begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen-In a Better World, Fear Me Not), as his helpless friend Timo (Wotan Wilke Moehring-Soul Kitchen) watches. Now, in the present day, on the exact same date, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot, leading police to suspect the same killer may be at work again. Recently widowed detective David (Sebastian Blombeg-The Baader … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Art House & International , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jul 23, 2013
Box Office:
$99.7k
Runtime:
Music Box Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Silence

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (4)

Twisted, sad and undeniably disturbing, "The Silence" is a study in the sick ways of men.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Detroit News
Top Critic

This is film noir at its noirest.

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

A story of obsession, of the permanence of loss, of how deeds of the past haunt us, closing over our heads like water. It leaves you shivering, yet thrilled; waiting anxiously for this talented new filmmaker's next work.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"The Silence" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Its measured pacing whispers art while its lurid subject matter screams commerce.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The most rewarding element in the picture is the performance of the first girl's mother by Katrin Sass, who gives us quietly and darkly what it is like to live with the memory of your child's murder.

Full Review… | March 27, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

This stylish effort from director Baran bo Odar should please fans of Scandinavian crime dramas or the British "Red Riding" trilogy.

Full Review… | May 17, 2013
Oregonian

Stunning performances and cinematography - too bad the plot machinations don't compare.

Full Review… | April 16, 2013
East Bay Express

If you're in the mood for an offbeat police procedural, this should be on your must-see list ... Who would have thought something this unrelievedly grim could be, at its dark heart, about unrequited love?

Full Review… | March 29, 2013
CinemaDope

How might criminals who get away with murder behave, the movie asks? Just like everyone else.

Full Review… | March 28, 2013
St. Paul Pioneer Press

...part police procedural and part psychological study, with more than just genre thrills to offer.

Full Review… | March 27, 2013
PopMatters

...an ambitious work that becomes fractured as all the story lines are laid out before us.

Full Review… | March 18, 2013
Reeling Reviews

In a field of clichéd psychological crime thrillers, The Silence stands out.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
Paste Magazine

With echoes of "The Vanishing" and "Memories of Murder," Baran bo Odar's dread-filled "The Silence" is a character-based thriller that focuses more on the people wrapped up in its web of perversion and murder than the crimes themselves.

Full Review… | March 14, 2013
HollywoodChicago.com

This is a rare film that shows the murder and makes the audience feel the pain of the survivors, which is all to the good,...but it is unremittingly depressing.

Full Review… | March 10, 2013
Tolucan Times

Directed with sharp precision and maturity, deftly balancing a large cast and refusing to give in to the station-to-station procedural aspects of the story.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Silence

A good, slow boiling thriller, that shows different viewpoints of a disastrous situation. Tough subject matter, but well done. Good acting, decent cinematography, and leaves you wondering...but not in the way that I hate. I hate the no answer endings. This ending is clear, but leaves you wondering what the future holds...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Much of the narrative stretches itself too thin at times (too many characters, too little time), but the mood is just right. The suggestion that loneliness is the most horrifying thing for anyone to face is the most intriguing thing about this film.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

½

Sadly, the juice isn't worth the squeeze.

Lemure
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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