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The Silence (2013)



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

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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

Jul 23, 2013


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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.

October 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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This is film noir at its noirest.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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"The Silence" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Its measured pacing whispers art while its lurid subject matter screams commerce.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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This stylish effort from director Baran bo Odar should please fans of Scandinavian crime dramas or the British "Red Riding" trilogy.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

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

April 16, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
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?

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaDope

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

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

March 27, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters ambitious work that becomes fractured as all the story lines are laid out before us.

March 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

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.

March 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
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.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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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...
March 1, 2014

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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.
August 3, 2013
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Sadly, the juice isn't worth the squeeze.
September 29, 2013

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