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Silent House Reviews

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Film4
May 2, 2012
Elizabeth Olsen continues to emerge as one of the most interesting young actresses around, but she can't do much with the final act of this frontloaded exercise in technique over story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 2, 2012
Fails to improve on the original film thanks to a poorly paced middle section and an annoying tendency towards over-explaining things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Boyer
Sky Movies
May 2, 2012
The script aims for provocative, but, in a funny turn of events, probably hews even closer to exploitative than the usual horror hijinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
May 1, 2012
Filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau ('Open Water') should have plugged the original's plot holes and straightened out its logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Crocker
Total Film
May 1, 2012
Shredding while it lasts, Silent House is really just a fun campfire horror tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 30, 2012
The underlit setting occasionally produces unsettling, suggestive imagery, but the technique took me out of the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
April 29, 2012
Elizabeth Olsen, below, stars in a remake of a Uruguayan horror, whose chief distinction is that it is shot in a single continuous take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 29, 2012
An effective exercise in misdirection rather than a strikingly original vision, and now it's a remake of an effective exercise in misdirection.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
April 21, 2012
This isn't one of those PG-13 horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eddie Harrison
The List
April 17, 2012
Far too ponderously slow to maintain the tension, despite Olsen's undoubted effectiveness as a scream-queen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
April 5, 2012
"Silent House" just isn't scary. The only reason to keep watching is to see if they screw up the tracking shot, and leave the boo boo in without stopping. Ultimately I was bored and didn't really care after the first 15 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: F
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 30, 2012
A risky formal experiment that applies an old-fashioned William Castle/Robert Bloch story twist to the subjective-unreality themes of such recent horror thrillers as 'Dream House' and 'High Tension'...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 28, 2012
Kentis and Lau indeed pull off the impressive technical feat, which is what the film as a whole comes off as, nothing more, despite the even more impressive work of Olsen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 27, 2012
Unpleasant viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
A movie whose terror can be read in every silent scream on Olsen's gorgeous face, served up in more extreme close-ups than you can count.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 23, 2012
The single-take aesthetic eliminates one of the horror genre's best (and most abused) tricks--the shock cut--but it creates a relentless vibe that more than makes up for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012
Elizabeth Olsen quakes and trembles, but fails to blow this house down
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 20, 2012
The experiment is interesting for about half of the movie's 85-minute running time ...
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2012
Overall, the film itself is a sleep-inducing bore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 18, 2012
...a failed cinematic experiment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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