The Silence of the Lambs - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 27, 2009
Screenwriters and directors can turn to this classic film for a primer on how to create incredible tension and horror far in excess of what we actually see onscreen.
| Original Score: 89/100
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 18, 2009
All of its most enduring aesthetic qualities and themes%u2014essentially what sets it apart from so many imitators and established it almost immediately as a canonical film%u2014are contained in its riveting first 20 minutes, which draw you in like a stee
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
February 23, 2009
It has maintained its reputation as a chilling drama after all these years...
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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David Ansen
October 18, 2008
This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
The Silence of the Lambs has appalling moments, but there's a thoughtfulness to it that helps offset the horrors it portrays.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 7, 2008
A pretty sharp new thriller.
Rob Gonsalves
October 31, 2007
Demme has the control of a born master of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Todd McCarthy
September 24, 2007
The juiciest part is Hopkins,' and he makes the most of it. Helped by some highly dramatic lighting, actor makes the role the personification of brilliant, hypnotic evil, and the screen jolts with electricity whenever he is on.

September 24, 2007
This is a still wonderful example of classy storytelling and unforgettable characterisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
June 4, 2007
A riveting, non-stop thriller of nerve-racking intensity.
| Original Score: 9/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 6, 2007
The over-the-top story reeks of phoniness, grisly violence and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Weinberg
February 9, 2007
Not since The Exorcist had a horror flick been this applauded! It was almost as if ... "horror" were its own legitimate genre!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2007
An accomplished, effective, grisly, and exceptionally sick slasher film that I can't with any conscience recommend, because the purposes to which it places its considerable ingenuity are ultimately rather foul.
Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2006
If you disregard the homophobic elements, you'll enjoy Demme's terrific thriller with brilliant acting from Hopkins, who makes a likable hero out of Hannibal, and Jodie Foster, as the agent who becomes his reluctant partner and romantic interest
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 6, 2006
The film comes through with flying colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Understandably, much has been made of Hopkins' hypnotic Lecter, but the laurels must go to Levine's killer, admirably devoid of camp overstatement, and to Foster, who evokes a vulnerable but pragmatic intelligence.
Barry McIlheney
Empire Magazine
February 1, 2006
A first unmissable, then enduring, but always unmissable classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 7, 2005
It's a bona fide classic of its kind.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 19, 2005
...the rare scary movie that allows its actors room to circle and brush lightly against on another, generating cool sparks.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 8, 2004
The Academy also rightly awarded Best Actress to Foster for being the heart and soul of the piece.
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