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The Silence Reviews

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
March 8, 2013
These are our modern tearjerkers, embellished with sexual violence to maintain the audience's sense of its own sophistication. Include me out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
March 10, 2013
This is a rare film that shows the murder and makes the audience feel the pain of the survivors, which is all to the good,...but it is unremittingly depressing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
Nicely paced but rotely characterized.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
March 21, 2013
"The Silence" is a victim of over-plotting, clunky narrative, gratuitous stylization, and too many points of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Riley
Electric Sheep
October 26, 2011
A confidently paced film with a taut script that allows characterisation to develop with the performances rather than the dialogue.
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
March 14, 2013
In a field of clichéd psychological crime thrillers, The Silence stands out.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Karsten Kastelan
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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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.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 16, 2013
Stunning performances and cinematography - too bad the plot machinations don't compare.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 28, 2013
How might criminals who get away with murder behave, the movie asks? Just like everyone else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
March 27, 2013
...part police procedural and part psychological study, with more than just genre thrills to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 2013
The mysteries here are larger, deeper, more ineffable than the purely practical concerns of crime-solving: motive, means and opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
March 14, 2013
With echoes of "The Vanishing" and "Memories of Murder," Baran bo Odar's dread-filled "The Silence" is a character-based thriller that focuses more on the people wrapped up in its web of perversion and murder than the crimes themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/5.0
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 18, 2013
...an ambitious work that becomes fractured as all the story lines are laid out before us.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 7, 2013
[Mr. Odar uses] graceful wide-screen compositions and haunting sound design to create a compelling mood of menace, anxiety and sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 8, 2013
A clear-eyed look at the hole that a death leaves behind, and the many awkward and always insufficient ways we try to fill it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
March 29, 2013
If you're in the mood for an offbeat police procedural, this should be on your must-see list ... Who would have thought something this unrelievedly grim could be, at its dark heart, about unrequited love?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 31, 2013
Twisted, sad and undeniably disturbing, "The Silence" is a study in the sick ways of men.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 28, 2013
Its measured pacing whispers art while its lurid subject matter screams commerce.
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