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One of the greatest movies of all time, Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs is an exciting, pulverizing, freaky and tense noir-thriller-horror film that benefits from strong direction, wonderful writing, a sense of discomfort and some of the greatest performances in cinema history in Jodie Foster as top student Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as former psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter.
The Silence Of The Lambs is the most overrated movie of all time. What am I missing? Besides a naked villain, a man eater, disgusting dialogue, bad execution, and gruesome murders?
A simple plot: catch the killer. However, the layers of character study this movie provides on that journey is remarkable.
Magnificent! It is the word that defines this superb work of Jonathan Demme. It is definitely one of the best thrillers of all time. Anthony Hopkins gives us one of the most memorable performances in history by incarnating Hannibal Lecter in which he introduces us to a very dark and uncomfortable stage thanks to his wonderful performance. Other of the many things that should be highlighted is the performance of Jodie Foster and the great adapted script that goes beyond the acting interpretations.
Anthony Hopkins is terrifying when delivering his lines. Jodie foster is a very compelling antagonist. The dialogue is great. The scenes are well shot. A must watch film for most audiences.
Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster are brilliant in this acclaimed psychological thriller.
Foster does a good job while Hopkins delightfully chews up the scenery in a performance for the ages. Sadly, the resolution to both the case and character arcs is pretty underwhelming. I also finally know where the ‘evil-mastermind-locked-in-transparent-cell-in-middle-of-room'-trope comes from.
A great movie to watch when you curl up with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
One of the most overrated movies of all time! Jonathan Demme was not a very good filmmaker. He didn't hold the distance against Brian De Palma and some other filmmakers. The highest quality of the movie is the actors performance (Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins). THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is very slow moving. It's not far from being overdialogued. Close-ups and shots reverse shots are painful and boring in the long run. Many other thrillers are significantly superior than this one.
DRESSED TO KILL (1980), BLOW OUT (1981), BODY DOUBLE (1984) by Brian De Palma, PSYCHO (1960), DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954), VERTIGO (1958) by Alfred Hitchcock, ANGEL HEART (1987) by Alan Parker, MARATHON MAN (1976) by John Schlesinger, CAPE FEAR (1991) by Martin Scorsese, MISERY (1990) by Rob Reiner, THE DEAD ZONE (1983) by David Cronenberg, SEVEN (1995) by David Fincher, DEAD AGAIN (1991) by Kenneth Branagh, SHATTERED (1991) by Wolfgang Petersen, ARLINGTON ROAD (1998) by Mark Pellington.
Winner of Best Picture in 1991 and for damn good reason. The dynamics, performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, the smart script and the sense of dread throughout the picture make this movie a horror classic. No childish jumpscares or absurd gore teetering on the edge of unintentionally hilarious in this psychological thriller.