The Quiet Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
September 1, 2006
A creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.
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.
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.
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.
September 1, 2006
A drama that all but begs to have its earnestness called into question.
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.
September 1, 2006
It's a complete fraud that never feels the least bit authentic in its efforts to titillate and shock.
September 1, 2006
The Quiet is in such bad taste that it's a shame the thriller doesn't make a better bad movie.
August 31, 2006
An unnerving little psychological study that makes the most of the high-def aesthetic.
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.
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.
August 31, 2006
Sheer punishment to watch.
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.
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.
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.
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