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  • Summary: The eerie and deserted town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric care, Rose (Mitchell) flees with her child, heading for theThe eerie and deserted town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric care, Rose (Mitchell) flees with her child, heading for the abandoned town in search of answers -- and ignoring the protests of her husband. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 10 out of 20
  1. 63
    It packs in a few scary moments and offers a nicely ambiguous conclusion. In Silent Hill, atmosphere trumps storyline.
  2. 50
    Silent Hill's main attraction, for genre fans, certainly, lies not in its plot nor in its characters (you could place anyone in this particular township and whatever might happen, you could be sure it'd be unnerving), but in its relentlessly nightmarish imagery.
  3. 50
    Runs out of story a good half hour before it runs out of spooky images, but it comes to a quietly chilling conclusion far more haunting than any bloody mayhem.
  4. 38
    Although I did not understand the story, I would have appreciated a great deal less explanation. All through the movie, characters are pausing in order to offer arcane back-stories and historical perspectives and metaphysical insights and occult orientations. They talk and talk and somehow their words do not light up any synapses in my brain.
  5. A few of the images are startling, but as Radha Mitchell (a good actress) wanders through a ghost town, searching for her lost daughter as though she was touring an abandoned movie set, Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness.
  6. The worst kind of horror movie: trash that takes itself seriously.
  7. Silent Hill has plenty of bad acting, bad dialogue and a confusing plot -- all of which become exponentially more painful when the movie goes on forever.

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  1. Negative: 42 out of 283
  1. GonzaloP.
    Sep 25, 2006
    10
    Rate this movie is easy. The movie was made for ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD that played Silent Hill in the glorious Playstation. The first Rate this movie is easy. The movie was made for ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD that played Silent Hill in the glorious Playstation. The first Silent Hill is just a master piece. If you played Silent hill 2, 3 or The Room, it's not the same... if you never played any game of silent hill, even worst... I saw this movie with a smile and tears in my eyes because it was everything that I imagined when I finished Silent Hill several years ago... ALL is just perfect; I read that some Critics and User reviews said that the movie has no reality that it's too fantastic... Those who said that didn't understand the idea of the movie, that it's just the same of the game. The story has to be twisted, unreal, and for those who said that "It's a bad horror movie"... you're wrong from the beginning... The best of silent hill is that is not a horror movie, it may appeared but it isn't, it's not a suspense film, it' may have some points but... it isn't, the best of silent hill it's that to "mark" this film in some genre, we need to install a new genre, because silent hill is unique... play the first video game then watch the movie again, This movie doesn't care critics of those who don't played the game, It's just a tribute for the game and those who enjoy it!!! Resident Evil film doesn Expand
  2. Justin
    Apr 21, 2006
    10
    Forget the critics on this one and see it for yourself. I love horror movies and this is one of the best, most original efforts in a long tme.
  3. ThomC.
    May 19, 2006
    10
    I'm a fan of this video game and this mivie was almost perfect. Not a no-brainer but an intelligent and with unusual characters and I'm a fan of this video game and this mivie was almost perfect. Not a no-brainer but an intelligent and with unusual characters and athmosfera. It was great! Expand
  4. AJLooman
    Apr 22, 2006
    8
    The critics Trashed this movie. What they dont understand is it comes from a videogame subculture and i bet the reviewers that tore it apart The critics Trashed this movie. What they dont understand is it comes from a videogame subculture and i bet the reviewers that tore it apart didnt do there homework and at least attempt to power on a PlayStation to see what the game was about. As a fan of the game series i feel the movie did the game justice and was very good. However there where a few things that could have been better.The movie wasent perfect but few movies today are. Silent Hill deserved more credit than its givin. Expand
  5. MichaelL
    Dec 22, 2008
    8
    The movie didn't stay too accurate to the game, but it did maintain the game's feel. When I first saw the movie I had not played The movie didn't stay too accurate to the game, but it did maintain the game's feel. When I first saw the movie I had not played any of the game and it got me to. Movie critics are all idiots. This was a good movie, the only flaw was the very ending, but it didn't ruin it like the ending of the mist. I was embarrassed to be a king fan when i went to that movie. This definitely is better that the Resident Evil movies. Not disappointing in the least. Expand
  6. Jan 22, 2013
    6
    Not a great movie by far, but to be fair a decent adaptation that stay surprisingly true to the source material. Plenty of better horrors outNot a great movie by far, but to be fair a decent adaptation that stay surprisingly true to the source material. Plenty of better horrors out there, but as far as video game adaptations are concerned, this one isn't half bad. A decent attempt and worthy as a budget purchase. Mandatory if you are a fan of the games. Expand
  7. RoyR.
    Apr 23, 2006
    0
    Some good visuals/sound brought this piece of crap up from negative to a zero rating!

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