Dead Silence

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34

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 99 Ratings

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  • Summary: From the writers and director of "Saw," comes this ghost story set in the sleepy town of Ravens Fair about Mary Shaw, a ventriloquist who went mad. (Universal Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 8 out of 15
  1. 63
    The dialogue isn't ridiculous, and sometimes it's witty: A cynical cop (Donnie Wahlberg) doesn't buy Jamie's theory that the doll had something to do with the murder: "The mystery toy department is down the hall. This is the homicide department."
  2. 50
    This new movie is a more credible, less grisly act of filmmaking , but it's a less compelling exercise. It doesn't have the ruthless moral reasoning of the first two "Saw" pictures, however grotesque and specious that reasoning was. But it does have a plot that revolves around a ventriloquist and her demon doll.
  3. Boasts nothing new under the sun, but it does provide a few decent scares.
  4. The movie's uninteresting characters, boneheaded dialogue and flagrantly nonsensical narrative detract considerably from the virtues of the visual design.
  5. 38
    There are no two ways about it: A chubby-cheeked dummy doing stuff it shouldn't be doing is spooky stuff. But Wan isn't on such sure footing with his actors -- Wahlberg is stilted as the tough-guy cop, and Kwanten is blandly uninteresting.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    38
    Too slack to do much harrowing and falls back on some very raggedy commonplaces at the points when it should be delivering knockout scares.
  7. A conflation of the horror genre's laziest tropes, plot angles and shorthands, this inept creation isn't so much a film as it is a smorgasbord.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 8 out of 26
  1. CalvinH.
    Apr 20, 2007
    10
    I don't give a crap what the critics say, I thought the movie had its scary moments and as always in any of James Wan's movies I don't give a crap what the critics say, I thought the movie had its scary moments and as always in any of James Wan's movies there is a great twist. Expand
  2. Donna
    Jan 18, 2008
    9
    The acting had me in stitches. As did the dolls. It's kind of a Chucky meets Nightmare on Elm St. But I liked it! It even made me jump The acting had me in stitches. As did the dolls. It's kind of a Chucky meets Nightmare on Elm St. But I liked it! It even made me jump once, which movies never do. The ending was... imaginative... think that's the nicest way of putting it! It was a big twist, but one of those silly ones that tries to make you go "ooooh!", unfortunately it didn't quite work that way.. Rather than being shocked by the ending, I was amused to see how far the writers had stretched it. Nonetheless, I thought it was a great film and will be watching it again! Although I'm yet to figure out why I enjoyed it so much.. Expand
  3. Sam
    Mar 18, 2007
    8
    Relied more on atmosphere than plot, which ended up raising the movie above all the other horror fodder that's out there now.... despite Relied more on atmosphere than plot, which ended up raising the movie above all the other horror fodder that's out there now.... despite the lame twist at the end. Expand
  4. Oct 17, 2010
    6
    this movie was certainly not bad, most reviews i read said leave this movie alone, well thats just not the case, the story isn't very good butthis movie was certainly not bad, most reviews i read said leave this movie alone, well thats just not the case, the story isn't very good but moves along nicely, as for scares well thats what this movie does well ur be behind ur pillow quite a few times. and the lighting looked quite nice in this movie, i dont normally notice but i did with this one. not as good as the first saw but probably better than the rest. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2016
    5
    This horror movie doesn't really feel like a horror movie. While the main character is likeable, the story is awkward, long, and boring. ThisThis horror movie doesn't really feel like a horror movie. While the main character is likeable, the story is awkward, long, and boring. This is really a mystery, and if this was scobby doo, I actually would have really liked it. Expand
  6. Oct 26, 2010
    1
    I was the type of horror movie done over and over. Where the viewer should be surprised, there is often disappointment. The main character wasI was the type of horror movie done over and over. Where the viewer should be surprised, there is often disappointment. The main character was dull, and the plot line even more so. The ending was supposed to shock, but I just looked down and thought, "I wasted a thing of Popcorn on this?" Expand
  7. Ellie
    Mar 15, 2007
    0
    A simply stupid film. Repetitive, boring, and not even amusing in its stupidity. Very bad.

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