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.
March 9, 2012
Paranormal Activity has been here before, of course, but Silent House springs tangy new tricks, and Olsen is a primo scream queen.
March 9, 2012
Olsen is compelling even when the film isn't.
March 9, 2012
The creeping presence of horror-flick hokum not only robs the scares of their strength, it shatters the realism that the single-take format is trying to convey.
March 9, 2012
Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller "Silent House" lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.
March 9, 2012
A scary, yet thoughtful - some might even say deep - art-house frightfest.
March 8, 2012
Sometimes you don't want to know what is lurking in the dark because the answer is just too obvious and dumb.
March 8, 2012
It's not hard to guess the source of her horror, and so the film's most interesting aspects are its gimmicks rather than its frights.
March 8, 2012
Sarah does any number of silly things while scurrying through this not-so-silent house, but keeps the audience on her side; you want her to get out of the house immediately but you don't get annoyed with her when she can't.
Top Critic
March 8, 2012
Even if Silent House had turned out as grimy, gory and stupid as much of its terrorplex ilk, the film would still be an achievement simply owing to its construction.
March 8, 2012
"Silent House'' is up to something. The filmmakers, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, must have seen plenty of horror movies worth discussing in a women's studies class.
March 8, 2012
The tricky camera moves that fill up "Silent House" make for one-half of a nerveracking horror film - before the movie's obviousness just gets on your nerves.
March 8, 2012
The directors have come up with a new and powerful way to film a thriller: Silent House contains no quick editing in the active moments, and there is never an instance when the movie cuts unexpectedly to something scary as the soundtrack thunders.
March 8, 2012
"The silence will kill you!" warn the posters for "Silent House." That's only if the boredom doesn't get you first, though.
March 8, 2012
A denouement more textbook than thrilling stalls some of the movie's power. But the early chills are potent, intense.
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