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The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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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.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Director Jonathan Demme and actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins expend considerable talent on a film that remains repellent and stubbornly unilluminating.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
Foster's character, who is appealing, is dwarfed by the monsters she is after. I'd rather see her work on another case.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2013
It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
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.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
September 27, 2015
The Silence of the Lambs, with its dark Freudian subtext, its Poe-like air of foreboding and its chillingly gritty characterizations, is simply a very tough and very scary little movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
August 12, 2013
The confrontations between Foster and Hopkins -- facing her from an ultrasecure cell -- are models of chilling intensity.
Simon Miraudo
July 23, 2013
Has any horror movie equalled it in the past 22 years? Perhaps. But if only one super-gory flick is ever considered worthy enough for the Academy's top prize, I'm fine with this being it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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 ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The popularity of Jonathan Demme's movie is likely to last as long as there is a market for being scared.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There is little doubt that the most memorable aspect of The Silence of the Lambs is Anthony Hopkins' incomparable performance as Lecter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
August 12, 2013
Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
February 22, 2013
This multi-Oscar-winning classic, adapted from Thomas Harris's bestseller, was responsible for giving cinematic serial killers a better image, thanks to Anthony Hopkins's enthralling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Not a second of this two-hour flick, which redefined the term 'thriller' and spawned a host of clones, I can find error with.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 9, 2003
Terrifying and inescapable. A perfect meditation on the nature of fear and courage, featuring two of the greatest performances ever put on film.
| 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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This is one heavy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 10, 2016
An exquisite piece of filmmaking in which basically not one single thing goes wrong at any point.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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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