Dead Silence Reviews

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 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
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 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 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
The movie's uninteresting characters, boneheaded dialogue and flagrantly nonsensical narrative detract considerably from the virtues of the visual design.
March 20, 2007
Director Wan demonstrates that he's equally effective working in a more classical vein, especially with his skillful use of chilling low-key sound effects and silence in several scary sequences.
March 20, 2007
This new movie is a more credible, less grisly act of filmmaking , but it's a less compelling exercise. It doesn't have the ruthless moral reasoning of the first two Saw pictures, however grotesque and specious that reasoning was.
March 20, 2007
Saw creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan know scary: all that stuff that heebie-jeebied you when you were a kid. (Or as Entertainment Weekly would say: Dead Silence is awash with atavistic horror tropes.)
March 20, 2007
There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares.
March 18, 2007
The film's playfully self-aware touches (like a grand old theater named the Guignol) distract from its leaden pacing, three too many final twists and various behavioral idiocies.