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Dead Silence Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
If you're in the mood for a Saturday afternoon-ish throwback thriller, you could certainly do a hell of a lot worse than this one.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 26, 2013
A very creepy little ditty that works once it rears up to the second half.
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
July 6, 2010
All dolls are inherently freaky, but there's something seriously bent about a little wooden man with bulging eyes, shiny cheeks, and perfect chompers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
April 26, 2009
Plodding and bereft of suspense, "Dead Silence" is an irredeemable jumble of cliché genre fragments.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008
"Dead Silence" is not going to reinvent the genre. It's actually a big pile of nonsense, but that doesn't stop it from being fun nonetheless.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
Wan and Whannell have a carnivalesque sense of fun and a sure instinct for recycling classic horror tropes, but their characters are so flat and their plotting so listless that this low-budget feature fails to generate much suspense.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
It's awful. It eats your soul, it's so awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 29, 2007
All Wan and Whannell know is shock-and-awe tactics. They may shock, but there's no awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Adam Smith
Empire Magazine
July 27, 2007
For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 21, 2007 ambitious misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
July 14, 2007
There's something quaintly charming about the filmmakers' unabashed affection for their inspirational source material, although the sense of over-familiarity means that none of it is in the least bit scary.
Matthew Turner
July 7, 2007
Poorly written, badly directed and ultimately scare-free horror flick that's further hindered by dismal performances and unintentionally laughable dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
July 6, 2007
It's woefully flat and not nearly as scary as it thinks it is. It almost makes one yearn for Saw. But not quite.
| Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
July 6, 2007
I admit that I didn't see the daft last-minute twist coming, and sort of admired it, but for the rest you'd need an extravagant love of hokum not to feel mildly bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
July 6, 2007
Dead Silence is redeemed by a so-bad-it-is-good factor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Daily Mirror (UK)
July 6, 2007
It's also a bit shocking that a movie this mediocre is getting a cinema release at all. Dead Silence more resembles one of those five-quid DVDs you find in petrol stations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mail (UK)
July 6, 2007
This is Days Of Our Lives for the living dead - possibly the only film in history to prompt the reaction, 'That would have been worse, if not for Donnie Wahlberg's acting talent!' and far more predictable than you'd expect from the director of Saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Total Film
July 6, 2007
"Who's the dummy now?" she rasps. Well, you are if you waste your hard-earned on this tepid retread of Dickie Attenborough's 1978 Magic, a curious stumble from Leigh Whannell and James Wan after the success of their Saw gore-fests.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 6, 2007
there's something about its overblown stormy-night atmospherics and reliably dismal dialogue that's bad in almost a fun way. I'd rather laugh through this kind of harmless, rickety schlock, any day, than grimace through Saw III.
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