Silent House Reviews

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

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's not hard to guess the source of her horror, and so the film's most interesting aspects are its gimmicks rather than its frights.

    Neil Genzlinger — New York Times

  • A scary, yet thoughtful - some might even say deep - art-house frightfest.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • "Silent House'' is up to something. The filmmakers, Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, must have seen plenty of horror movies worth discussing in a women's studies class.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Silent House does superficially spiff up the haunted-house movie, but it's not built to last.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • The tricky camera moves that fill up "Silent House" make for one-half of a nerveracking horror film - before the movie's obviousness just gets on your nerves.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's Olsen's performance that makes Sarah's plight matter. And the actress proves that her mesmerizing turn in last fall's Martha Marcy May Marlene -- about a woman on the lam from a cult -- wasn't a fluke.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • For 88 minutes, Olsen rivets our attention, and the camera's, so fiercely it verges on unbearable. Silent House is her movie.

    Kathleen Murphy — MSN Movies

  • My attention was held for the first act or so. Then any attempt at realism was abandoned, and it became clear that the house, and the movie containing it, were devices to manufacture methodical thrills.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Silent House feels like a psychotic episode come to life. It's impressive and oppressive, and it very effectively gets on your nerves.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's a home-invasion shocker a la "The Strangers," but this one is made even more trippy by the gimmick that the film appears to be shot in one long take and occurs in real time.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Look hard and you might find a few thrills in a potboiler called Silent House, but I was fighting too hard to stay awake to pay much attention.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • The pic's true star is Martinovic's unblinking camera, which really ought to have been let loose in some other house.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller "Silent House" lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It wouldn't work without the exceptional work of Olsen. Her uneasily captivating performance here could almost be viewed as the "why" prequel to Martha Marcy May Marlene, the other chiller from Sundance 2011 that established her as rising star to watch.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Practically a master class in how to tell a spooky-house story.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • It's one of the few occasions where you can marvel at the stuntwork and roll your eyes at the formula sustaining it.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • Olsen is compelling even when the film isn't.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Unfortunately, so much of what could be great about this movie is undercut by the instability of the hand-held camera and the weak ending.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A certain technical virtuosity is the signal virtue of Silent House, a creaky haunted house that, once the big twist is revealed, makes very little sense at all.

    Todd McCarthy — Hollywood Reporter

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