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Silent House

Based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, this taut thriller from the makers of Open Water follows Sarah (Elizabeth Olsen) as she helps her father and uncle repair their damaged summer home. When she hears a mysterious noise, Sarah's descent into madness begins.
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Netflix Rating: 3.0
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 41%
Critics' score: 41   Audience score: 30   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A movie whose terror can be read in every silent scream on Olsen's gorgeous face, served up in more extreme close-ups than you can count. full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is. full review

Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic

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. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

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

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Olsen is] terrific at showing shifts of emotion just underneath the skin of her wide, china-doll face. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

Paranormal Activity has been here before, of course, but Silent House springs tangy new tricks, and Olsen is a primo scream queen. full review

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Olsen is compelling even when the film isn't. full review

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

The creeping presence of horror-flick hokum not only robs the scares of their strength, it shatters the realism that the single-take format is trying to convey. full review

Rafer Guzman, Newsday

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. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

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

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

Sometimes you don't want to know what is lurking in the dark because the answer is just too obvious and dumb. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

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. full review

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

Sarah does any number of silly things while scurrying through this not-so-silent house, but keeps the audience on her side; you want her to get out of the house immediately but you don't get annoyed with her when she can't. full review

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

Even if Silent House had turned out as grimy, gory and stupid as much of its terrorplex ilk, the film would still be an achievement simply owing to its construction. full review

"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. full review

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

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. full review

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

The directors have come up with a new and powerful way to film a thriller: Silent House contains no quick editing in the active moments, and there is never an instance when the movie cuts unexpectedly to something scary as the soundtrack thunders. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

"The silence will kill you!" warn the posters for "Silent House." That's only if the boredom doesn't get you first, though. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

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

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

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. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 86 min
  • Available From: Nov 22, 2012
  • Queued by: 823 people
Directed By
Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Cast
Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett, Haley Murphy
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