[An] occasionally jolting but largely unconvincing Uruguayan horror flick...
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
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.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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.
William Goss - Film.com
Practically a master class in how to tell a spooky-house story.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
- Sight and Sound
A quick, fluid, scary tale that makes up for in quiet chills what it lacks in slam-bang craziness.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
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.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
A remarkable exercise in atmosphere and suspense.
Mar Diestro-Dopido - Sight and Sound
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.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
has found a way not only to suggest a gimmick successfully carried through, but also to weave that gimmick into a richer thematic tapestry.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
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.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Ambition can definitely detract from a project's bigger picture. The Silent House actually thrives on is aspirations.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
...a passable cinematic experiment that does reward the viewer's patience on a relatively consistent basis.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
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.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Hernandez certainly deserves kudos for making such a good-looking film for no money, but budget limitations are no excuse for sloppy, nonsensical writing.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The chief wonder of this horror, directed by Gustavo Hernandez, is that it was filmed with a digital camera in one single shot.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
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.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
Gustavo Hernandez's one-take Uruguayan horror is daring and technically well-executed, but its plot cliches creak like old floorboards.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
If you are a fan of atmosphere-led, low-budget horror in the vein of Paranormal Activity then this is a worthy watch.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
A flawed but fascinating experiment.
Matt Glasby - Little White Lies
It's essentially an art film, so don't go expecting Paranormal Activity.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
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.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Cranks up the tension with fluid, choreographed camera moves and unnerving off-screen sounds.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
From these simple ingredients comes a hair-raising, armrest-clutching, close-the-closet-door-before-you-go-to-sleep suspense thriller.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
A short, sharp shock of innovative Latin horror.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
By minute 75 of this 86 minute film I actually muttered, "that's it" and put my hands over my eyes.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO