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Fresh: 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.
- Andrew Lapin, NPR, Thursday, March 8, 2012
Fresh: 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, Friday, March 9, 2012
Fresh: The camera's unblinking eye constantly stays with Olsen, and we feel in as much danger as she is.
- Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic, Friday, March 9, 2012
Quite a strange film...to be honest though it might have sounded good on paper and the twists and finale probably sounded interesting enough. The main problem is if you watch many films like this you could probably figure it all out within the first 10 minutes, I did. So what could have been great ends up being quite predictable and it becomes a slow film, even at 80mins long to an obvious conclusion. The filming style was ok, not quite Rec or Blair witch, but hand held and up close do add to the atmosphere of the film. A missed opportunity as there seem to be a lot of similar style films out at present. On the plus side Elizabeth Olsen does keep your attention, for male viewers anyway.
- Deano78, Friday, December 7, 2012
Silent House is an uninteresting haunted house tale with a trashy ending that leaves a bad taste in one's mouth. The production does have the distinction of appearing to be shot in real time using one long continuous take. Honestly I wouldn't have even realized this if it hadn't been pointed out to me. It gives the cinematography a novelty factor, sure, but it certainly doesn't make the story better. Elizabeth Olsen is an actress to watch. She is engaging in the part and the sole reason this hokum has any merit. Because of her we do care for her character. The problem is she really isn't allowed to do much besides act frightened and scream. Otherwise this is one tedious crawl to a "surprise' conclusion that is lazy and clichd. The only fear is that you might roll your eyes to death. Skip this. fastfilmreviews.wordpress.com
- hobster1, Tuesday, October 16, 2012