Lorna's Silence


Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24

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  1. 100
    The androgynous Dobroshi is in nearly every scene. She has an exceptional screen presence that brings authority to her portrayal of a woman seeking redemption. As for the Dardennes, they prove yet again that nobody does human frailty the way they do.
  2. 100
    A gritty, deceptively low-key, no-fuss, no-frills movie of consistent originality and surprise in which suspense arises straight up from the heroine's evolving character.
  3. A stunning study of one desperate woman's conscience.
  4. 90
    Lorna's Silence is engrossing and powerful, which may be just another way of saying it's a film by the Dardenne brothers. If it falls a bit short of the standards of their best work, that is only because it is not quite a masterpiece.
  5. 88
    Renier’s performance is the best thing in the movie, although all the actors, cast partly for their faces, are part of creating this desperate world.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The Dardennes resist the expected cliches: The climactic scenes gather force and purpose and the movie seems headed for a breakthrough of some sort, but then it glides softly and unexpectedly to a halt.
  7. On a deeper level, the Dardennes' film offers a portrait of a fragile yet determined woman set on making a home for herself in the world, even as that world unravels before her eyes.
  8. 83
    Lorna's Silence feels like a refinement, even a repetition, of earlier themes. But the brothers are repeating themselves at such a high level that the redundancies are more than welcome.
  9. By Dardenne standards this plot is pretty pulpy and unconvincing, but I rather enjoyed watching them attempt to twist it into an existentialist pretzel.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    The film doesn't pack the same cumulative wallop as the brothers' earlier work, but its low-key artistry, immaculate construction and fine performance by relative newcomer Arta Dobroshi should rouse the usual fest acclaim and arthouse interest.
  11. Like earlier Dardenne films, Lorna’s Silence is naturalistic, yet this one, beautifully shot in 35 mm film by Alain Marcoen, achieves a poetry of bereftness.
  12. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Something between a love story and a religious morality tale. The hauntingly ambiguous last scene, in which Lorna finds a place of temporary respite from the economic forces that have determined so much of her life, may be the saddest happy ending I've ever seen.
  13. 80
    Lorna's sudden change of heart is a pointed example of what the Dardenne brothers' movies are all about. Capitalism may seem at times like a raging river, but every day, all over the world, people try to make it flow in the opposite direction.
  14. 80
    While the Dardennes may be moralists, they are also makers of thrillers: The story within Lorna' Silence is built on tiny increments of tantalizing details, meted out in penurious droplets and with chest-tightening tension that suggests that what the brothers wanted to be when they grew up were boa constrictors -- Belgian boas, with degrees in Marxist theory.
  15. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Watching Lorna's attempt to balance self-interest and empathy can be heartbreaking. If Lorna's Silence as a whole doesn't rank among the Dardennes's best, it does follow the money to moments and characters that are unforgettable.
  16. Ultimately, this is not one of the Dardennes' masterpieces. They've made a few of those, but the effect of Lorna's Silence is more modest. It leaves the audience with neither a sense of uplift nor devastation, but, rather, with something more akin to intellectual appreciation.
  17. If you’re new to the Dardennes, Lorna’s Silence will serve as a fine introduction.
  18. Upbeat it ain't, but when the light fades from the final frame, there remains something unusual in the Dardennes canon – the possibility of an escape from futility's clutches, and a reason for hope that might, just might, be more than an illusion.
  19. This isn't just another crime story, and it would be misleading to suggest that it has anything to do with stylish gunplay, exhilarating car chases or brutal fistfights.
  20. 75
    Among the Dardennes' more accessible films, despite a drawn-out finale that still doesn't quite satisfy.
  21. 70
    The Dardennes retain a company of returning players: Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, and Olivier Gourmet. Such loyalty is rare and touching.
  22. Echoes long after the movie ends.
  23. 63
    Lorna's Silence doesn't work, but it's a beautiful misfire.
  24. It boasts strong acting and a nice dose of suspense.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Oct 4, 2010
    I thought it was going to be trite, because of the events of the initial half hour, but I ended being deeply involved. Because the charactersI thought it was going to be trite, because of the events of the initial half hour, but I ended being deeply involved. Because the characters told a convincing story I was slowly drawn in to their strange world. The film unfolds with a beauty of understatement. Full Review »
  2. Sep 6, 2010
    Acaso la más accesible de las cintas que han realizado los hermanos Dardenne pero, de todas maneras, anclada en los mismos temasAcaso la más accesible de las cintas que han realizado los hermanos Dardenne pero, de todas maneras, anclada en los mismos temas y en las mismas preocupaciones de siempre. Como de costumbre, los belgas usan de manera magistral las más abruptas elipsis narrativas. Full Review »