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The Quiet Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
September 1, 2006
Rather than an indictment of depravity, the movie quickly becomes a particularly cynical example of it.
September 1, 2006
The exposition is so heavy-handed, the producers might just as well distribute a printed handout to hapless ticket buyers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 1, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 1, 2006
A creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 1, 2006
An occasionally compelling, dark and sometimes darkly funny movie draws us in but doesn't really pay off. And any teenager knows what that describes -- a tease.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 1, 2006
The film's focus shouldn't be Dot (Camilla Belle), a deaf, mute and orphaned teen. It should be her new family of suburbanites sliding into hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 1, 2006
Characters already too wicked to be credible start doing stuff simply too stupid to be believed, with no help from a cast way too overmatched to be useful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 1, 2006
A drama that all but begs to have its earnestness called into question.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 1, 2006
Sometimes a movie is so repulsive and devoid of redeeming material that afterward, you're certain it doesn't deserve to exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
September 1, 2006
It's a complete fraud that never feels the least bit authentic in its efforts to titillate and shock.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 1, 2006
The Quiet is in such bad taste that it's a shame the thriller doesn't make a better bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 31, 2006
An unnerving little psychological study that makes the most of the high-def aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 31, 2006
The director combines an angst-ridden look at suburban perversions with a teen titillation comedy, and the final product often comes off as pretentious, crass and overwrought.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 31, 2006
Trapped between edgy art flick and exploitation psychothriller, The Quiet manages to be neither, and manages to be pretty awful in the bargain.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2006
The stupider things get, the more seriously it takes itself -- and the more seriously it takes itself, the funnier it is.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2006
Sheer punishment to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
August 28, 2006
[Falls] back on angsty, adolescent clichés about how sick and shallow suburbia is. It may be, sometimes. But it's still not quite as sick and shallow as this.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2006
A repugnant little indie black comedy, poorly acted in hideous-looking digital video, guaranteed to send audiences fleeing for the nearest shower.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
August 25, 2006
A screamingly bad melodrama whose message seems to be that people who think they're talking to a deaf person admit things they wouldn't admit to themselves. Silence, please.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 25, 2006
What should be a sustained mood piece instead flops around uncertainly, trading in understated strength for noisy diversion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 25, 2006
Approaches a serious subject with a portentousness that it hopes will be confused for art.
Read More | Original Score: C
August 25, 2006
Neither ambitious enough to take seriously nor sleazy enough to enjoy, The Quiet flirts with the trappings of exploitation cinema without going all the way.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 25, 2006
A serious subject, handled in an exploitive and pretentiously arty fashion.
August 24, 2006
Babbit's flair for menace and allure can't be dismissed; nor can the magnetism of Cuthbert and Belle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 24, 2006
Thematically the movie never reaches beyond the ready-for-prime-time mentality that specializes in psychological shorthand.
August 23, 2006
[A] dank and rhythmless 'psychological' potboiler.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 22, 2005
A Lifetime movie on crack.