Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Structured around a series of blackouts and gross-outs, Silent Hill is one long free fall through icky surrealism and underlighted nightmares.
Nathan Lee - New York Times
Maybe it's the kudos acquired by screenwriter Roger Avary in his association with Quentin Tarantino that has allowed him to write this unbelievably boring horror-thriller.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
The makers of the movie you're slogging through will spare no expense to demonstrate how much they hate us.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension, this French-Japanese-U.S. co-production contributes exactly zilch to the rich film history of those three nations.
Bill Gallo - Village Voice
Christophe Gans' convoluted, overlong adaptation of the video game Silent Hill is the worst kind of horror movie: trash that takes itself seriously.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Too long by about a half hour, very much in love with its own excessive style, it still manages to be kinda creepy, at least when it stops taking its metaphysics too seriously.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Not only can I not describe the plot of this movie, but I have a feeling the last scene reverses half of what I thought I knew (or didn't know).
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
In the end, Silent Hill degenerates into an overblown replay of all those Twilight Zone and Stephen King stories in which outsiders stumble upon a time-warped location from which there's no escape.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
A great-looking but stupefyingly incoherent supernatural thriller,
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This one is dumber than a bag of coffin nails, despite the directing hand of Christophe Gans.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Though Silent Hill's shoddy dialogue and incoherent story constantly irritate, several sights and scenes possess a certain surreal grandeur.
Jason Anderson - Globe and Mail
The film is overlong, with too many unnecessary scenes (a lot of the movie seems like pointless running around), but it packs in a few scary moments and offers a nicely ambiguous conclusion.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Witless, soulless and joyless.
Ray Bennett - Hollywood Reporter
Let's start with the running time for Silent Hill: two hours and five minutes. Totally out of control.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Visually arresting but only sporadically enthralling.
Gary Dowell - Baltimore City Paper
I wouldn't rush to see it again, but I would definitely recommend it...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Whilst not as atrocious as some other films that have opened this year, the truely woeful story and quality of Silent is saved only by its occasion moments of visual flair, and its all over effective creepy atmosphere.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
When everything starts being explained, the mystery evaporates and the world of the game loses its eerie bafflement.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
The latest, most ambitious and perhaps least comprehensible video game adaptation in recent memory.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
If you like your nightmares served upfront without the clutter of dramatic structure, then Silent Hill should be your next stop.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
although it is rarely if ever jump-out-of-your-seat scary, Silent Hill is an unremittingly creepy municipality of the mind where motherhood, mystery and madness have come home to stay.
Anton Bitel - Film4
Silent Hill starts out at point A and then goes so quickly, loudly and visually over-the-top that it flies completely off the rails into its own glorious weirdness.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Director Christophe Gans charges, hell-bent, right over the plot and winds up with not much more than an oppressive 125-minute running time.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
More deadly than silent.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
Over long with a muddled story and a gaggle of wasted talent, Silent Hill is a spectacular misfire.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
As a fluke, I took my mom (also named Rose) to the screening. She doesn't like SF or horror and doesn't even know what a video game is, yet she ended up really liking it! How weird is that?
Michael Szymanski - Sci-Fi Weekly
the closest you'll get to actually having a nightmare in a movie theatre outside of a midnight screening of David Lynch's Eraserhead.
Keith Breese - Filmcritic.com
There's absolutely nothing of merit here to discuss other than its loyalty to the original source material.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
While Gans admittedly shows us some pretty spooky stuff, his energy begins to flag somewhere around the 60-minute mark.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
As a nightmarish vision of hell on earth, Silent Hill is a triumph of production and art design. As a coherent story, it's little more than a string of video game scenarios.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Silent Hill is like an endurance test to get to the "'truth', but it's ultimately a gyp because it still doesn't make sense when you get there.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Just like the game, which is an achievement and a disappointment all in one.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
No thrills on this hill
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Radha Mitchell is the reason to sit through this overblown Grand Guignol entertainment from the director of the similarly overblown Brotherhood of the Wolf.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Silent Hill? Nonsenseville, more like.
Paul Arendt - BBC
The truly scary thing about Silent Hill is that it's 127 minutes long, which means it's a good 20 to 30 minutes longer than most of the other similarly awful films inspired by video games.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Sweet dreams are most assuredly not made of this, but then again, it's nice to see Uwe Boll clotheslined out of the video game-adaptation running for a while by such a smooth creeper.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
French director Christophe Gans's adaptation of the Silent Hill computer game is visually inspired and thematically ambitious, yet ultimately uninvolving.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
No matter how you interpret the film, it's nearly impossible to deny what a beautiful work of art it is.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Suggests the surreal, almost post-narrative horror movies of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and other directors who favor the emotional impact of bold, grotesque imagery over story logic.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
If you like horror flicks, you'll like this one....
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
"Silent Hill" isn't worth clamoring about.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
SILENT HILL leaves a lot up to you to figure out, but gamers used to conventions like phasing in and out of alternate worlds should have no problem going along for the ride. Middle-aged critics are another story.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
A video game alone is not sufficient source material for a whole movie.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Not scary, not interesting, not much of anything except visually stylish.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
The film's peculiar rhythms%u2014action, exposition, action, exposition%u2014betray its video-game roots, but audiences unfamiliar with the Silent Hill series can be forgiven for thinking that the game asks players to run from place to place, shouting a l
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Without gristle on it, and disturbance behind it, there's little to invest in.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
It's refreshing to see a full-blown, straight-faced, supernatural horror movie in this age of grubby torture flicks being mistaken for the coin of the realm.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
'A lot of what gets called entertainment today is actually dumpster-diving for the mind' applies to this incomprehensible, incoherent supernatural thriller.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
As I sat through this two hour stumble through what looked like fog, I just kept thinking to myself how this might be the best looking bad film I've ever seen.
Don R. Lewis - Film Threat
The story is so unoriginal and uninvolving that you may find yourselves wishing the drippy, howling, viscera-smeared creatures would take Mitchell and the other humans out.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
This is an average movie, and not what Slient Hill, a standout, resonant game series, deserves.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Absolutely atrocious, Silent Hill is probably the worst movie ever to be based on a video game.
Shlomo Schwartzberg - Boxoffice Magazine
Les images tordues du film sont impossible a oublier...
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
Somehow the knowledge that you are three degrees of separation from Dabney Coleman and a computer called W.O.P.R. transforms trite claptrap into the words of the Bard himself.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
A mundane car wreck with a few promising scenes that lead absolutely nowhere.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
the filmmakers may be hedging too many bets, trying to make the film both acceptable to fans and accessible to newcomers. But while SILENT HILL is far from perfect, it is at the very least a valiant effort
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Some of these scary figures march in jaunty-out-of-joint step as if they've emerged from "Thriller" (if only Vincent Price might have provided voiceover explanations).
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
I would admire the atmosphere a lot more if it amounted to something scary, creepy or original.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
about as terrifying as several pages of single-spaced programming code. Granted, that sort of thing can be daunting, but scary, not so much.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Lessons learned: Never underestimate the creativity of a wronged West Virginian with access to barbed wire.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It's based on a video game not Shakespeare. Enough said. Either stay away due to its provenance or enjoy, as I did.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Striking visuals tell a story where words aren't necessary ... until that turning point, when dull dialogue, a complicated plot and cheesy graphics start to muddle things.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Silent Hill is not for lacking memorably nightmarish imagery, but the picture tries one's patience far more often than it unnerves it.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Despite its often-overwhelming nonsensicality, there's ultimately something irresistibly fiendish about Silent Hill.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
The problem is, Hill gets lost in the foaming desire by Gans to maintain the movement and depth of the game, leaving the action lifeless and dreadfully repetitive.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Not much more than a "haunted town" thrill-ride, with only a few plot points tossed in to keep things moving, Silent Hill truly is a feast for the eyes -- provided your eyeballs aren't too squeamish.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
[Silent Hill] works up a decent amount of solid, creep-show atmosphere in its first act before making some absurd decisions of its own in its second.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Easily one of the most boring, incoherent and overproduced movies ever made. And at two full hours, it's far too much of a bad thing.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
[The] first frigged-up, terrifyingly nonsensical hour ... generates a wealth of shivery imagery that I won't be able to soon forget. But, Lord, I think I may want to.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
It's this unwavering fidelity to the source material that is also the film's biggest problem.
James Dyer - Empire Magazine
It wants to get under your skin and unnerve you, and when that fails, it's willing to grab you, shake you, and even yank your skin clean off if that's what it takes to affect you.
Moriarty - Ain't It Cool Movie Reviews
It's like a video game - the visual effects and the setting are carefully constructed, but without that core element provided by the player: a reason to care.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Think the Cirque du Soleil performed by the cast from "Saved By the Bell" knee deep in diarrhea. It may be engrossing and even embarrassingly fun, but it's also just a big disgusting mess.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
While this latest video game adaptation will most likely thrill its legions of fans with its graphic demonic depictions, the overblown plot deters the film from being a true fright fest.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Uwe Boll had nothing to do with this movie, but it has his general feeling of murkiness and poor plot structure.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Silent Hill starts out promisingly -- atmospheric and creepy -- but degenerates into a muddle of nonsensical plotting, dull characters and unintentional hilarity.
Steve Tilley - Jam! Movies
Had Silent Hill been directed by Peter Jackson, perhaps there would have been an explanation or justification for its 127-minute length. But Christophe Gans? Seriously?
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Beautiful on the outside, but empty within.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Dave White - Movies.com
The literary equivalent of Java script.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Silent Hill is groundbreaking, at least in being the first such film of any cinematic merit whatsoever.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Silent Hill has plenty of bad acting, bad dialogue and a confusing plot -- all of which become exponentially more painful when the movie goes on forever.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Sharon vanishes and Rose sets about finding her daughter in the not-quite deserted town, where ash falls from the sky and every setting looks like a back-lot or soundstage.
Ernest Hardy - L.A. Weekly
[Silent Hill] starts out a suffocating fog of creepiness wrapped around a memorably malevolent child spirit, but squanders its meticulously established atmosphere on a lengthy climactic sequence.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
it's the ferocious production design and unrelenting atmosphere that fully immerses us in Gans' horrifically breathtaking Silent Hill.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
There is more blood, human remains and in your face kills in this film than we've seen on the screen in a looooong time.
Johnny Butane - Dread Central