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The Silent House Reviews

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
May 25, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 6, 2011
I loved the basic plot idea, its mordant minimalism inspired by surviving Polaroid photos from an actual crime scandal. But the execution is faltering and the murkiness relentless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 21, 2011
Até consegue criar um ou outro momento memorável, mas, de modo geral, é tristemente medíocre, jamais fazendo jus ao preciosismo técnico com que foi concebido.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Damon Wise
Radio Times
April 7, 2011
What promises to be a pure candyfloss ghost-train ride filled with ominous noises, creaks and shadows ends with a silly twist that's much more likely to raise eyebrows than goosebumps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
May 18, 2011
The stylistic angle comes off as a gimmick used to occupy the viewers' attention and keep them from stopping to think about how flimsy the script is.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 10, 2011
Hernández certainly deserves kudos for making such a good-looking film for no money, but budget limitations are no excuse for sloppy, nonsensical writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
April 10, 2011
[An] occasionally jolting but largely unconvincing Uruguayan horror flick...
Mar Diestro-Dópido
Sight and Sound
May 25, 2011
A remarkable exercise in atmosphere and suspense.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
April 6, 2011
It's essentially an art film, so don't go expecting Paranormal Activity.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 12, 2011
The image of its heroine standing in silhouette in a doorway, unsure of whether to cross over, is quite simply the most iconic horror image of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
William Goss
May 9, 2011
Reminiscent of the breathless right-behind-you tension of Ils (Them), full of playful reveals and made all the eerier by Hernán González's classically ominous score.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
April 7, 2011
If you are a fan of atmosphere-led, low-budget horror in the vein of Paranormal Activity then this is a worthy watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
September 5, 2011
A quick, fluid, scary tale that makes up for in quiet chills what it lacks in slam-bang craziness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
June 20, 2013
If this one-shot approaches imposes a strict unity of time and place on Hernandez's film, nonetheless the story will prove to be no more straight than the house is silent
Bill Gibron
May 10, 2011
Ambition can definitely detract from a project's bigger picture. The Silent House actually thrives on is aspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
April 7, 2011
Gustavo Hernández's one-take Uruguayan horror is daring and technically well-executed, but its plot clichés creak like old floorboards.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Glasby
Little White Lies
April 7, 2011
A flawed but fascinating experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
May 25, 2011
The catch of this Uruguayan horror film is its structure, one continuous shot that takes us through a perplexing tale of disturbance, murder and madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
April 6, 2011
Cranks up the tension with fluid, choreographed camera moves and unnerving off-screen sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 5, 2011
...a passable cinematic experiment that does reward the viewer's patience on a relatively consistent basis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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