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Silent Hill Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… like a two-hour Marilyn Manson video. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Witless, soulless and joyless, it displays its video game origins throughout.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A few of the images are startling, but as Radha Mitchell (a good actress) wanders through a ghost town, searching for her lost daughter as though she was touring an abandoned movie set, Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Although I did not understand the story, I would have appreciated a great deal less explanation. All through the movie, characters are pausing in order to offer arcane back-stories and historical perspectives and metaphysical insights and occult orientations. They talk and talk and somehow their words do not light up any synapses in my brain.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It packs in a few scary moments and offers a nicely ambiguous conclusion. In Silent Hill, atmosphere trumps storyline.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Grim horror film about missing girl. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is too violent for children. The storyline takes the form of a nightmare, so connections between scenes and events are sometimes hard to follow. The town is ostensibly located over an ongoing coalmine fire, and the general mythos has to do with a cult that accuses and burns witches in order to maintain the group's "purity." Characters burn, stab, shoot, and throw rocks at each other; the film includes a couple of vehicle crashes, frequent scenes where the mother and/or her daughter scream in terror. Men in miners' gear appear to threaten Rose, mainly because they look scary in goggles and overalls. Various monsters are misshapen and zombie-like human-types, able to shape-shift in bad-dreamy fashion. The monsters attack with swords, the cop shoots until she's out of ammo and then submits to a dire beating. Characters are burned to death, with skin melting, bubbling, and charring.

  • Families can talk about the popularity of horror movies, especially among teens. Why do so many people enjoy being scared? Does a movie need to be gory to be scary?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Nothing you would want your kid to emulate.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Some of the child's drawings are gruesome (black chalk showing violence to bodies); car and motorcycle accidents; grotesque ghost-like figures who appear variously to be burned/charred, gooey, flayed, misshapen, bloody, and scarred; a cut throat spews blood; a nightmare creature gushes something like acid at the policewoman, whose helmet burns; weapons include guns, a gigantic sword that cuts through doors; penetration and whomping with poles, barbed wire seems sentient, winding around limbs and penetrating bodies.

  • sex false3

    Sex: References to woman's pregnancy (she won't identify the father); suggestion that a janitor abuses a girl (rendered in a brief visual innuendo, not explicit); villainess suffers barbed wire tentacles going up inside her dress, then splitting her apart.

  • language false5

    Language: Several uses of f-word; an s-word, plus repeated uses of "hell," "damn," and "ass."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Coke vending machine at a gas station

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character smokes in the background of a scene.