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The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 89/100
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
February 23, 2009
It has maintained its reputation as a chilling drama after all these years...
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
October 18, 2008
This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years.
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.
October 7, 2008
A pretty sharp new thriller.
October 31, 2007
Demme has the control of a born master of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
June 4, 2007
A riveting, non-stop thriller of nerve-racking intensity.
Read More | Original Score: 9/10
March 6, 2007
The over-the-top story reeks of phoniness, grisly violence and exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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.
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
May 6, 2006
The film comes through with flying colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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.
February 1, 2006
A first unmissable, then enduring, but always unmissable classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 7, 2005
It's a bona fide classic of its kind.
February 19, 2005
...the rare scary movie that allows its actors room to circle and brush lightly against on another, generating cool sparks.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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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