Silent Hill


Silent Hill

Critics Consensus

Silent Hill is visually impressive, but as with many video game adaptations, it's plagued by inane dialogue, a muddled plot, and an overlong runtime.



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The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric care, Rose flees with her child, heading for the abandoned town in search of answers -- and ignoring the protests of her husband. It's soon clear this place is unlike anywhere she's ever been. It's smothered by fog, inhabited by a variety of strange beings and periodically overcome by a living "darkness" that literally transforms everything it touches. As Rose begins to learn the history of the strange town, she realizes that her daughter is just a pawn in a larger game.

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Radha Mitchell
as Rose Da Silva
Sean Bean
as Christopher Da Silva
Laurie Holden
as Cybil Bennett
Deborah Kara Unger
as Dahlia Gillespie
Kim Coates
as Officer Thomas Gucci
Alice Krige
as Christabella
Jodelle Ferland
as Sharon/Alessa
Ron Gabriel
as Old Mechanic
Derek Ritschel
as Young Police Officer
Amanda Hiebert
as Gas Attendant
Eve Crawford
as Sister Margaret
Nicky Guadagni
as Distressed Woman
Maxine Dumont
as Christabella's Aide
Ian White
as Elder
Roberto Campanella
as Red Pyramid/Janitor/Colin
Elizabeth Harpur
as Congregation
Janet Land
as Congregation
Florence MacGregor
as Congregation
Lynn Woodman
as Congregation
Hannah Fleming
as School Girl
Holly Makarchuk
as School Girl
Tatiana Haas
as School Girl
Mike Cota
as Armless Man
Lorry Ayers
as Scarred Older Alessa
Emily Lineham
as Red Nurse
Donna Milburn
as Slashing Dark Nurse
Nadia Barosso
as Dark Nurse
Noelle Boggio
as Dark Nurse
Victoria Boland
as Dark Nurse
Rhoslynne Bugay
as Dark Nurse
Alicia Bundy
as Dark Nurse
Carrie Clayton
as Dark Nurse
Rachel Crowther
as Dark Nurse
Zsuzzana Cseh
as Dark Nurse
Judit Kovacs
as Dark Nurse
Stephanie Lauder
as Dark Nurse
Onika Ndukwe
as Dark Nurse
Katherine Olsen
as Dark Nurse
Melissa Panton
as Dark Nurse
Sylwia Pluta
as Dark Nurse
Lisa Shaw
as Dark Nurse
Tamara Smeaton
as Dark Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Silent Hill

All Critics (99) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (69)

  • More deadly than silent.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Maybe it's the kudos acquired by screenwriter Roger Avary in his association with Quentin Tarantino that has allowed him to write this unbelievably boring horror-thriller.

    May 6, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • French director Christophe Gans's adaptation of the Silent Hill computer game is visually inspired and thematically ambitious, yet ultimately uninvolving.

    May 6, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Silent Hill? Nonsenseville, more like.

    May 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt
    Top Critic
  • Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension, this French-Japanese-U.S. co-production contributes exactly zilch to the rich film history of those three nations.

    May 2, 2006
  • The film's peculiar rhythms%u2014action, exposition, action, exposition%u2014betray its video-game roots, but audiences unfamiliar with the Silent Hill series can be forgiven for thinking that the game asks players to run from place to place, shouting a l

    Apr 27, 2006 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Silent Hill

  • Mar 27, 2015
    A weird and underrated horror flick, and arguably the only good film that's based on a video game released EVER. The end lost to me to some extent, but creature design and atmosphere more than makes up for it.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2014
    It nailed to some extent the visual representation of some things of the famous videogame saga but it was destroyed by awful dialogues, bad pacing and a story that strayed too far from the games. True, it try to create something new, while using plot elements from the other games but it failed miserably at doing so. Case in point, usually the monsters on the games have some symbolism towards the protagonist you control. Here? They're just re-ashes (lol pun) of the games, barely being memorable and only showing up for a couple of seconds. A missed opportunity, since visually the movie is still beautiful and manages to create a good atmosphere and visual storytelling out of it but the rest is an inconsequent, barely understandable mess.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2013
    Not very good at all. I mean, half the time I didn't really know what was going on. They didn't seem to properly explain anything. And I didn't understand half of the characters actions. Plus, the CGI was pretty bad at times. There was a few jump scares that got me. But I honestly was confused and bored most of the time. Dont waste your time on it.
    m h Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2013
    A surprisingly good video game adaptation, the plot actually made sense and was somewhat scary with the eerie monsters and constant changes of the different realms. Possibly only intriguing for fans of the game series, not so much for others.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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