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The Quiet Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A hilariously bad and utterly ridiculous piece of melodrama touted as a thriller.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
The fatalistic woe becomes an indie film mockery. It's truly adolescent.
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Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
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.
Kam Williams
February 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 2, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 9, 2006
Starts with an overwritten voice-over and ends with events so baffling as to seem satirical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 1, 2006
The Quiet is the kind of bad filmmaking that makes me lament that I blew a couple of hours of my life seeing it.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Clint Morris
September 27, 2006
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"
| Original Score: 3/5
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 23, 2006
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.
| Original Score: C-
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
September 16, 2006
Pretentious and pointless -- take a pass.
| Original Score: 1/4
Peter Sobczynski
September 16, 2006
An uneven satire/black comedy that lurches from serious drama to black comedy and back again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
September 16, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
September 16, 2006
Yet more self-conscious schlock masquerading as a thoughtful effort, The Quiet thinks it out-Heathers all the Mean Girls but really just ends up whimpering in the dark.
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James Berardinelli
September 16, 2006
One strength of The Quiet is that it does not deal exploitatively with the incest/sexual abuse issue in its quest to generate tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
September 13, 2006
Babbit starts with loud caricature and lathers on a lecherous tone with a lesbian subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 10, 2006
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?
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 5, 2006
The latest example of a creepy new subgenre, the Sundance exploitation film.
| Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
September 4, 2006
Perversely sordid, some of the creepy soft-core scenes cross the lurid line of bad taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 3, 2006
[Cuthbert] picked a poor film to get behind as star and producer: it mistakes luridness for tragedy and monotony for sophistication.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 3, 2006
Good grief.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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