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Silent House Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

Shut up, movie! Read full review

2.0

Grae Drake Profile

I only opened my mouth to yawn. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    49

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A creaky haunted house that, once the big twist is revealed, makes very little sense at all.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The bad news is that Silent House is 88 minutes long, and the final half hour represents a descent into an anticlimax that ends with a scene as dumb as it is disappointing.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A denouement more textbook than thrilling stalls some of the movie's power. But the early chills are potent, intense.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Horror movie has more style (and blood) than story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the horror movie Silent House (from the directors of tense indie hit Open Water) includes some not entirely explained backstory involving some kind of child pornography (or worse). Onscreen, there's lots of blood, guns and gunshots, scary figures, and beatings. The main character wears clothing that displays plenty of cleavage. Language is infrequent but includes strong words like "s--t" and "f--k." Some drinking is involved, with a negative air around it.

  • Families can talk about the unspoken, violent past surrounding the photographs and what might have happened in the house. Should Silent House have been clearer about these events, or is the mystery more effective this way?
  • Is the movie scary? What makes it a horror movie? What's scarier -- the stuff you see, or the stuff you don't?
  • Does Silent House's unique style make up for any problems with story or character? What does "style over substance" really mean? Is it possible for a good movie to have style but little substance?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not much in the way of positive themes. The three family members (father, daughter, and uncle) sometimes don't treat each other very well, and they behave suspiciously from time to time. Some of the backstory and the movie's themes are deliberately muddled and obscure.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character spends most of the movie running around in terror. Though her values are sometimes questionable, she does make a few attempts at being brave and strong.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Lots of blood in the movie's final third. A gun is drawn and shot. Though nothing is really spoken aloud, there are clues that some type of child pornography has taken place (or perhaps something even more sinister and/or violent). Other brief acts of beating and torture. Scary figures appear, and other nightmarish images are shown.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The main character wears a cleavage-displaying outfit throughout; it's very overt and could almost be considered "partial nudity." The main character's uncle gazes at her in an uncomfortable and inappropriate way.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is infrequent but includes strong words like "s--t," "ass," "damn," "oh my God," "goddamn," and "a--hole," as well as one "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: "Facebook" is mentioned.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters occasionally drink beer and other hard drinks; empty beer bottles are shown.

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