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The Quiet (2005)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 74

This psychological thriller's talented cast is undercut by leaden pacing and a problematic plot.


Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 25

This psychological thriller's talented cast is undercut by leaden pacing and a problematic plot.



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A withdrawn, deaf, and mute teen adopted by her godparents following the death of her single father finds that life in her dysfunctional new home can be quite deadly in But I'm a Cheerleader director Jamie Babbit's slick and tense teen thriller. The last word Dot (Camilla Belle) ever spoke was when her mother died at the age of seven. Subsequently thrust into a world of silence as a result of her catastrophic loss, Dot lives in a world of withdrawn solitude. When the death of her father renders

Feb 13, 2007


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In retrospect, it is Belle who manages to acquit herself best with a role that never quite makes sense, but affords her some expressive, silent sequences. Surely she will find other film work and then quietly drop The Quiet from her biography.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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One strength of The Quiet is that it does not deal exploitatively with the incest/sexual abuse issue in its quest to generate tension.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Rather than an indictment of depravity, the movie quickly becomes a particularly cynical example of it.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The exposition is so heavy-handed, the producers might just as well distribute a printed handout to hapless ticket buyers.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Bordering on camp and loaded with lesbian undertones, this wretched drama plays like a high-school horror flick that trades monsters and mayhem for an overdose of force-fed cruelty.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A hilariously bad and utterly ridiculous piece of melodrama touted as a thriller.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The fatalistic woe becomes an indie film mockery. It's truly adolescent.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

Illustrate[s], once and for all, that it's possible for a film to be soooo slow and ponderous it can appear, at times, to come to a dead stop.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

What on the surface initially seems like your typical bitchy blonde-versus-ostracized newcomer teensploit is merely this taut psychological thriller's point of departure for the exploration of a more sobering set of circumstances.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

The film's producers would like us to keep this quiet... this is supposed to be a thriller, but the only time we were thrilled was when it was over.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source:

Starts with an overwritten voice-over and ends with events so baffling as to seem satirical.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

The Quiet is the kind of bad filmmaking that makes me lament that I blew a couple of hours of my life seeing it.

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The next "American Beauty". The film expunges every inch of emotion from its actors shells - particularly marvellous newcomer Camilla Belle, last seen in the "When A Stranger Calls" remake, and former "24" cutie Elisha Cuthbert, whose never been better"

September 27, 2006

Perhaps future generations of film scholars will embrace The Quiet as a B-movie that problematizes the oppressive gaze, but for now, it's a misfire.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Pretentious and pointless -- take a pass.

September 16, 2006
Palo Alto Weekly

An uneven satire/black comedy that lurches from serious drama to black comedy and back again.

September 16, 2006 Full Review Source:

Babbit starts with loud caricature and lathers on a lecherous tone with a lesbian subtext.

September 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Comment (1)

At this advanced level of sophistication, one starts to wonder if Abdi Nazemian and Micah Schraft's screenplay was written entirely in capital letters. Or perhaps crayon?

September 10, 2006
Philadelphia Weekly

The latest example of a creepy new subgenre, the Sundance exploitation film.

September 5, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Perversely sordid, some of the creepy soft-core scenes cross the lurid line of bad taste.

September 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

[Cuthbert] picked a poor film to get behind as star and producer: it mistakes luridness for tragedy and monotony for sophistication.

September 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Good grief.

September 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

An uncomfortable and disturbing portrait of lives in disarray, each one being hidden by a veneer of faux-normalcy within the external world.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Quiet

Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, David Gallagher, Martin Donovan, Edie Falco, Katy Mixon, Shannon Woodward, Shawn Ashmore

DIRECTED BY: Jamie Babbitt

A recently orphaned deaf and mute teen learns disturbing facts about her adoptive family in director Jamie Babbitt's visceral drama. After losing her father, Dot (Camilla Belle) goes to live with her dysfunctional godparents (Edie Falco and Martin Donovan) and their rebellious daughter Nina (Elisha Cuthbert). Before long, each is entrusting the silent Dot with shameful secrets they assume will be kept private. But Dot has secrets of her own ...

This movie is dark and disturbing. Not going to be a film for everyone. Some of the scenes are uncomfortable and hard to sit through. The story itself is interesting, if you can handle a film like this. It's not one that will probably be watched more then once or twice. But still should be seen. Elisha really gives a great performance in this movie. Probably the best I have seen her do. Camilla was really good as well. I bought this movie without seeing it before hand. I am glad not to be disappointed. I often buy movies before I see them which in some cases can be a big mistake. But no regrets with this one. Hope more see it.
February 12, 2010

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a seemingly perfect family isn't complete without a healthy dose of dysfunction....
December 1, 2008

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Many viewers may find this movie hard to swallow because of the sensitive nature of it, but it is a very good movie.

The good parts of this movie had to do with the sensitive nature, at the beginning of the movie, you are not so sure of Dot, you sympathise with her and the treatment she receives from her step sister, but there is something about her that you just cannot pin point. Elisha Cuthbert plays a great role and for a young lady so young in the business to play that role is commendable. I felt that the mother should have played a bigger role in the movie. Her role was a bit boring. It is only in the end, she does SOMETHING! I did enjoy the movie, it was suspenseful, had a lot of intrigue and twists to it and it highlighted some issues that teens obviously had in school.
October 29, 2008
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