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The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

April 26, 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 2, 2018
Anthony Hopkins is devastatingly demonic in Jonathan Demme's truly horrifying thriller.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2013
Hopkins' cumulative screen image is one of civility and decency, and the association adds to the withering, macabre effect of his murderer. It is a remarkably lucid portrait of lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2013
Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 12, 2013
It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 12, 2013
Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity.
February 22, 2013
Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations.
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
October 18, 2008
This is the grandest guignol Hollywood has produced in years.
October 7, 2008
A pretty sharp new thriller.
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.
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.
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.
March 7, 2005
It's a bona fide classic of its kind.
May 20, 2003
The Silence of the Lambs is pop film making of a high order. It could well be the first big hit of the year.
May 12, 2001
For all the unbridled savagery on display, what is shrewd, significant and finally hopeful about Silence of the Lambs is the way it proves that a movie can be mercilessly scary and mercifully humane at the same time.
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
January 1, 2000
A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria.
January 1, 2000
Adroitly directed by Jonathan Demme, it lurks about the exquisite edge of horror, before finally leaping into an unholy maw of bloody bones and self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
February 13, 1991
Demme has created a supremely sensuous and hypnotic thriller, one that's likely to become his first major hit.
Full Review | Original Score: A