Silent House Reviews

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May 3, 2012
It's still atmospheric enough, and like the original, has a quasi-theatrical event status. But it feels like a copy.
May 3, 2012
Ludicrous and offensive in equal measure. Avoid.
May 1, 2012
Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau ('Open Water') should have plugged the original's plot holes and straightened out its logic.
March 9, 2012
The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is.
March 9, 2012
It's Olsen's performance that makes Sarah's plight matter. And the actress proves that her mesmerizing turn in last fall's Martha Marcy May Marlene -- about a woman on the lam from a cult -- wasn't a fluke.
March 9, 2012
[Olsen is] terrific at showing shifts of emotion just underneath the skin of her wide, china-doll face.
July 31, 2019
The tension of Olsen's virtually uncut performance becomes a big part of the suspense. And that performance, which dominates every frame, is a tour de force.
July 9, 2019
There's a lot to admire with this remake, which does play better than the original, and manages to showcase a talented young actress's abilities.
February 6, 2019
To explain what goes wrong cinematically would involve spoilers, but suffice to say, at least in this version, the finale not only doesn't work, it diminishes the effect of what precedes it.
January 8, 2019
Olsen's performance is a worthy draw, yet even despite her best efforts, Silent House remains an intangible folly, caught between atmospheric chiller and inconsequential farce.
September 28, 2017
Silent House is less of a Boo! Monster! type of horror film and more of an intense psychological thriller that genuinely manages to keep you guessing.
November 25, 2013
As a technical experiment in real time cinema, Silent House is fascinating, but it fails as both an interesting story and a visceral experience.
October 12, 2012
Although it has plenty of atmosphere and tense moments, Silent House is ultimately lacking in every other department.
September 30, 2012
Moviegoers looking for a unique horror-thriller experience, who find the "real time" premise intriguing, are likely to enjoy Silent House in spite of its flaws.
September 19, 2012
Although still interesting principally as a technical exercise, this is one of those very rare cases where it's possible to recommend watching the remake first.
September 18, 2012
Elizabeth Olsen's scream-filled performance, combined with the one take filming technique and the minimal lighting make Silent House a creepy and atmospheric film, but the script only has enough material for 25 good minutes.
September 13, 2012
[Elizabeth Olsen's] impressive portrayal - and even an admittedly interesting overall conclusion - just isn't enough to rescue a film that is literally agonising to watch.
August 25, 2012
As Trish declared to Darry in Jeepers Creepers: 'You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it?' This is littered with those moments.
August 22, 2012
A skillful thriller with something unexpectedly insidious on its mind.
August 22, 2012
While the movie delivers fantastic atmosphere and some effective scares, there are many missed opportunities where the camera doesn't catch the moments with the most impact.
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