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Silent Hill: Revelation Review Critics


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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    There is a flamboyance to some of the imagery - Heather and her demonic doppelganger embrace on a flaming carousel - but no exuberance, no sense of wonder, fascination or enjoyment. Everything feels like a throwaway.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    The film is nothing if not liberal with its bloodletting, which integrates cleverly at times with the 3-D: lopped fingers, for example, fly toward the audience. But personalities and plot are thumbnail sketches at best.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Silent Hill is not a place you want to go, and that applies for moviegoers as well as this videogame adaptation's characters.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Keith Staskiewicz

    Some horror movies want to scare you witless, but Silent Hill: Revelation 3D just wants to beat you senseless.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Muddled horror sequel is nightmarishly violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is the sequel to 2006's Silent Hill and that both films are based on popular video games. The original dealt with the disturbing disappearance of a young girl; that character has now grown into a brave and resourceful teen. There's lots of strong fantasy/horror violence, including nightmarish imagery (characters with no faces and other creepy things) and blood and gore (particularly severed limbs and heads). Language includes a few uses of both "f--k" and "s--t," and a topless woman is shown for a few moments in one scene, though otherwise -- except for some mild teen flirting -- sex and sexual innuendo aren't really issues.

  • Families can talk about Silent Hill: Revelation's violence. How does its impact compare to what you've seen in other horror movies? What about in other, more realistic films?
  • Are the movie's images like nightmares? How so? Is the movie scary? How do those images contribute to the overall tone/feel?
  • What's the appeal of horror movies? Why can it be fun to be scared?
  • Is the main character a role model for teen girls? What are her positive qualities? Her iffier ones?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: A teen girl learns some very tough lessons about her unusual (supernatural) life and still manages to keep a positive outlook, working hard to find solutions. But the movie's plot is very muddled/complex, and it's difficult to know exactly what the problems and solutions are.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The heroine is a brave teen girl who has the courage and strength to go looking for her missing father in a scary place (a place she's been forbidden to go), as well as take on more and more treacherous tasks to help save the day. But she has a stubborn streak and is reluctant to ask others for help or let others get close to her.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Extreme fantasy/horror violence, with lots of nightmarish images -- i.e. characters with no faces, creepy monsters, etc. Characters are shot and stabbed, with spurts of blood. Many human arms are severed in one sequence, and in other sequences, fingers and heads are severed, and a human victim's flesh is sliced from his chest. In a brief nightmare sequence, a teen girl is on fire, and in a quick flashback, a boy's chest is shown carved up and bleeding. Also some fighting, with weapons.

  • sex false4

    Sex: One female victim is shown topless while lying on a table (just before she's turned into a mannequin). The two teen leads share a brief scene of flirting.

  • language false4

    Language: Language includes a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "hell," "oh my God," and "Jesus," used as an exclamation.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Facebook is mentioned a few times, including the phrase "f--k Facebook." Twitter is also mentioned once.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue