The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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April 27, 2018
Jonathan Demme's Silence of the Lambs has everything you want in a popular thriller. It's stylish, intelligent, audacious rather than shocking, and stolen by a suave monster you'll never forget.
February 14, 2018
Hopkins' performance is spectacularly unnerving and should win him future award nominations. Holding her own against Hopkins' hare is Jodie Foster as the tenacious, tortoise-like trainee.
January 3, 2018
Anthony Hopkins is devastatingly demonic in Jonathan Demme's truly horrifying thriller.
November 1, 2017
Anthony Hopkins' performance as Lecter is an uproarious technical masterpiece.
February 17, 2015
The movie, scary and graphic to cause timid souls (such as this writer) to close their eyes at certain points, has a vise-like grip on the audience.
August 12, 2013
Jonathan Demme's hypnotic adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel has a seriousness and intensity that's been entirely lacking in horror movies lately.
June 3, 2019
A film far ahead of its time. Maybe even of our time as well. It feels somehow prescient, timeless, a dark portrait of humanity's very worst coupled with the hopeful idea of what we could be.
February 19, 2019
The creator of Something Wild establishes a similarly unpredictable context here, mixing suspense and thrills and even black humor in provocative fashion.
November 17, 2018
It is a masterclass of acting, directing, writing and cinematography, of tonality, of pacing and of emotion.
October 26, 2018
Harrowing, tense, and unforgettable...
October 26, 2018
Just in time for Valentine's, Criterion superbly refurbishes one of the most disturbing and least conventional love affairs in the history of cinema. More
October 26, 2018
Hopkins as Lecter is chilling throughout, and he delivers one of the best final lines in movie history.
May 11, 2018
Demme's use of close-ups is remarkable, and not something that's translated into contemporary film language too often anymore: Faces, eyes, hands; they're everywhere, making the suspense personal, and therefore way more frightening.
March 2, 2018
[Jonathan] Demme uses some surprising methods to create a thriller that is cold, baroque and brutal. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 1, 2018
A great movie rarity.
February 28, 2018
The Silence of the Lambs is without a doubt one of the most disturbing thrillers in the history of cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]
February 19, 2018
One of the all-time great thrillers. Demme directs this for maximum suspense, yet the film also works as a multilayered feminist tale, with Foster's resourceful agent emerging as a beautifully conceived character.
December 27, 2017
Nearly three decades on, The Silence of the Lambs doesn't just hold up: it still startles in finesse and execution.
November 6, 2017
Are these the laws of desire in a decaying culture built on the husks of atrophied ideals, where longing is a destructive touch and relationships are made out of perverse torment?
November 5, 2017
One of Demme's great skills is his sense of balance; set pieces are alternately propelled by ratcheting tension and slow, mounting dread, while his exquisite match cuts between parallel storylines keep the pace nimble.
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