'The Silent House' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   28 reviews
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    [An] occasionally jolting but largely unconvincing Uruguayan horror flick...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    There's no doubt about it: this is a smart, scary film and a technical tour de force with its own skin-crawling atmosphere of fear.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Reminiscent of the breathless right-behind-you tension of Ils (Them), full of playful reveals and made all the eerier by Hernan Gonzalez's classically ominous score.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    75
    Practically a master class in how to tell a spooky-house story.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Sight and Sound
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg FEARnet
    70
    A quick, fluid, scary tale that makes up for in quiet chills what it lacks in slam-bang craziness.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Kermode BBC Radio Five Live
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Pablo Villaca Cinema em Cena
    40
    Ate consegue criar um ou outro momento memoravel, mas, de modo geral, e tristemente mediocre, jamais fazendo jus ao preciosismo tecnico com que foi concebido.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rob Hunter Film School Rejects
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mar Diestro-Dopido Sight and Sound
    A remarkable exercise in atmosphere and suspense.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Anthony Quinn Independent
    60
    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 » 3 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    88
    has found a way not only to suggest a gimmick successfully carried through, but also to weave that gimmick into a richer thematic tapestry.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    38
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Bill Gibron PopMatters
    60
    Ambition can definitely detract from a project's bigger picture. The Silent House actually thrives on is aspirations.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    63
    ...a passable cinematic experiment that does reward the viewer's patience on a relatively consistent basis.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Sam Bathe Fan The Fire
    80
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    40
    Hernandez 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 » 4 years ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    60
    The chief wonder of this horror, directed by Gustavo Hernandez, is that it was filmed with a digital camera in one single shot.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Damon Wise Radio Times
    40
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Kevin Harley Total Film
    60
    Gustavo Hernandez's one-take Uruguayan horror is daring and technically well-executed, but its plot cliches creak like old floorboards.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Henry Fitzherbert Daily Express
    60
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Matt Glasby Little White Lies
    60
    A flawed but fascinating experiment.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Charlie Lyne Ultra Culture
    It's essentially an art film, so don't go expecting Paranormal Activity.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nigel Andrews Financial Times
    40
    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 » 4 years ago
  • Nigel Floyd Time Out
    60
    Cranks up the tension with fluid, choreographed camera moves and unnerving off-screen sounds.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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