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The Silence Reviews

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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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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 29, 2013
This is film noir at its noirest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 28, 2013
A story of obsession, of the permanence of loss, of how deeds of the past haunt us, closing over our heads like water. It leaves you shivering, yet thrilled; waiting anxiously for this talented new filmmaker's next work.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 28, 2013
"The Silence" is framed as a multi-character police procedural, but like "Mystic River" and "Zodiac," its inquiries probe deeper and darker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
March 27, 2013
The most rewarding element in the picture is the performance of the first girl's mother by Katrin Sass, who gives us quietly and darkly what it is like to live with the memory of your child's murder.
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2013
Nicely paced but rotely characterized.
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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
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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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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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
March 7, 2013
What had seemed like a lackluster ensemble piece turns out to be an exercise in empathy ...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 5, 2013
The Silence speaks volumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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.