| Original Score: C+
I loved the basic plot idea, its mordant minimalism inspired by surviving Polaroid photos from an actual crime scandal. But the execution is faltering and the murkiness relentless.
| Original Score: 2/5
Até consegue criar um ou outro momento memorável, mas, de modo geral, é tristemente medíocre, jamais fazendo jus ao preciosismo técnico com que foi concebido.
What promises to be a pure candyfloss ghost-train ride filled with ominous noises, creaks and shadows ends with a silly twist that's much more likely to raise eyebrows than goosebumps.
The stylistic angle comes off as a gimmick used to occupy the viewers' attention and keep them from stopping to think about how flimsy the script is.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Hernández certainly deserves kudos for making such a good-looking film for no money, but budget limitations are no excuse for sloppy, nonsensical writing.
[An] occasionally jolting but largely unconvincing Uruguayan horror flick...
A remarkable exercise in atmosphere and suspense.
It's essentially an art film, so don't go expecting Paranormal Activity.
The image of its heroine standing in silhouette in a doorway, unsure of whether to cross over, is quite simply the most iconic horror image of the year.
| Original Score: 4/5
Reminiscent of the breathless right-behind-you tension of Ils (Them), full of playful reveals and made all the eerier by Hernán González's classically ominous score.
If you are a fan of atmosphere-led, low-budget horror in the vein of Paranormal Activity then this is a worthy watch.
| Original Score: 3/5
A quick, fluid, scary tale that makes up for in quiet chills what it lacks in slam-bang craziness.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
If this one-shot approaches imposes a strict unity of time and place on Hernandez's film, nonetheless the story will prove to be no more straight than the house is silent
Ambition can definitely detract from a project's bigger picture. The Silent House actually thrives on is aspirations.
Gustavo Hernández's one-take Uruguayan horror is daring and technically well-executed, but its plot clichés creak like old floorboards.
A flawed but fascinating experiment.
The catch of this Uruguayan horror film is its structure, one continuous shot that takes us through a perplexing tale of disturbance, murder and madness.
Cranks up the tension with fluid, choreographed camera moves and unnerving off-screen sounds.
...a passable cinematic experiment that does reward the viewer's patience on a relatively consistent basis.
| Original Score: 2.5/4