The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

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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.
November 1, 2017
Anthony Hopkins' performance as Lecter is an uproarious technical masterpiece.
July 10, 2016
An exquisite piece of filmmaking in which basically not one single thing goes wrong at any point.
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.
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.
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.
August 12, 2013
As Lecter, Anthony Hopkins gives an astounding performance -- eery, menacing, creepy, believable.
August 12, 2013
The confrontations between Foster and Hopkins -- facing her from an ultrasecure cell -- are models of chilling intensity.
August 12, 2013
Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.
August 12, 2013
Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity.
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.
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.
February 22, 2013
An exceptionally good film, perhaps this fine director's best, in which the horror genre is elevated into the kind of cinema that can at least be argued about as a treatise for its unsettling times.
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.
October 9, 2012
FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), brainiac cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) and tackle-tucking serial killer Jame Gumb (Ted Levine) make for one of cinema's great ménages à trois.
April 16, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hannibal the Cannibal" is the ultimate anti-hero.
December 15, 2010
Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar.
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