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The Silence Reviews

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March 7, 2013
The Silence, an assured first feature from Swiss-born director Baran Bo Odar, has more on its mind than most crime thrillers.
March 7, 2013
"The Silence" is an exemplary German-language thriller, a complex and disturbing examination of guilt, violence and psychological torment that chills us to the core not once but two times over.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2013
[Mr. Odar uses] graceful wide-screen compositions and haunting sound design to create a compelling mood of menace, anxiety and sorrow.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 7, 2013
Swiss-born director Baran bo Odar's second feature film is a finely crafted psychological drama that uses a brutal crime to delve into the depths of human misery.
March 7, 2013
What had seemed like a lackluster ensemble piece turns out to be an exercise in empathy ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 7, 2013
Chilling stuff, the kind of thriller - like The Vanishing, let's say - that leaves you stunned and gulping.
March 6, 2013
"The Silence" is more like an intriguing work of misdirection than a great crime film, but it has a dreamlike and disturbing undertow you won't soon forget, and Odar is unquestionably a director to watch.
March 5, 2013
The Silence speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 5, 2013
Making his feature debut, Swiss-born writer/director Baran bo Odar has turned Jan Costin Wagner's 2007 novel The Silence into a taut, beautifully acted thriller.
March 2, 2013
The slightly dour tone is the perfect backdrop for the director to skillfully weave together his varied narrative strands in a surprisingly entertaining medley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 26, 2011
A confidently paced film with a taut script that allows characterisation to develop with the performances rather than the dialogue.
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