Dead Silence Reviews

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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.
July 27, 2007
For the love of Chucky, avoid this insipid attempt at reviving the killer doll horror.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 6, 2007
A reasonable shocker.
July 6, 2007
The sensual pleasure in watching this kind of horror movie depends entirely on your tolerance for ear-splitting jolts of shock. In the end, though, the film sags like a David Lynch pudding.
July 6, 2007
The muddled plot and stilted dialogue irritate to the point where you're tempted to side with the villain.
July 6, 2007
It's affectionately done, but rather pointless.
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.
April 5, 2007
Even without the mechanized death that made the Saw movies such a sensation, it doesn't take long to realize that director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell are merely trying to replace one twisty, gimmicky franchise with another.
March 31, 2007
A kicky exercise in spook-show atmospherics that manages to hit all the right notes while never quite coalescing into the Dario Argento-esque aria of creepiness it so clearly aspires to.
March 21, 2007
Terrified of puppets? Enjoy being scared? Then you'll be half-satisfied with Dead Silence, a rote horror pantomime.
March 20, 2007
Dolls are innately unnerving, but the movie's semi-menacing Charlie McCarthys never live up to their potential.
March 20, 2007
Armed with a decent budget, director James Wan and co-screenwriter Leigh Wannell fashion at least a dozen sequences that are spooky even while they defy logic.
March 20, 2007
The movies have always asked us to suspend our disbelief, but Dead Silence demands our ignorance of its own derivations. A conflation of the horror genre's laziest tropes, plot angles and shorthands.
March 20, 2007
Formulaic and rather lazy exercise in booga-booga scare tactics.
March 20, 2007
While one might wish to commend Wan and company for making a horror pic that's less reliant on gore and gross sadism than the ones that they're normally associated are, what they're serving up as an alternative really lacks.
March 20, 2007
The movie's uninteresting characters, boneheaded dialogue and flagrantly nonsensical narrative detract considerably from the virtues of the visual design.
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