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Dead Silence Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 19, 2007
Not even the most timid moviegoer will feel in jeopardy while watching 'Dead Silence," a mild slasher flick short on gore and scares.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 17, 2007
A perfunctory, cynical movie, made by people who must know how unfrightening their film is and how idiotic its 'surprise' ending is.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 11, 2007
Somehow operates under the assumption that a dumb nursery rhyme, a colorless visual palette punctuated by deep reds, and some creaky dolls will frighten anyone over the age of five.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 24, 2007
A good idea, but one that's poorly executed in most aspects
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
March 24, 2007
Wan certainly doesn't capitalize on his Saw fame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
March 16, 2007
The spirit of Edward D. Wood Jr. is alive and well, and currently taking up residence in the movies of James Wan and Leigh Whannell.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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
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 Marder
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
A Nightmare on Dummy St. from Saw creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 28, 2007
Though it contains few chilling images, mainly involving creepy ventriloquist dummies and scary faces advancing toward the camera, the story is fairly routine.
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 17, 2007
Dead Silence is another shallow and shoddy spooky showcase that fills up on its atmospheric thrills more so than dispensing the roguish chills.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
March 22, 2007
All of this is then capped off by an ending so hilarious, so inane, that it could only have come from the idiots that made Saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
March 18, 2007
Wan lays it on thick, for sure, but without feeling and (even worse) without reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 16, 2007
Fans coming from the Saw franchise are going to be bored to death by Dead Silence.
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
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
July 6, 2007
It's affectionately done, but rather pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
March 20, 2007
Watching it, the amateur, institutionalized filmmaker might think, "Well, there it is--the movie to which I aspire." For the rest of us, however, things are predictably bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 16, 2007
It's a sad state of affairs when you're more interested in the horror movie trailers that play before the feature film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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