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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 the abandoned town in search of answers -- and ignoring the protests of her husband. (Sony Pictures) Expand
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  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
    Works up a decent amount of solid, creep-show atmosphere in its first act before making some absurd decisions of its own in its second.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 41 out of 279
  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 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. dd
    Apr 21, 2006
    10
    The most bizarre movie I have ever seen. Fantastic visuals, stupid story (just like the games) And, just the games I loved it.
  3. CraigP.
    May 28, 2006
    10
    Excellent film adaption of a fab game..far better than other game ports in tha past. The film is like watching someone play the game but isnt that the idea, it is a game port at the end of the day. Cant wait for part 2. Seen it seven times now. Top film Expand
  4. KevinA.
    Apr 22, 2006
    8
    Almost completely free of cliche. Visually stunning. Some of the acting could be better, but the overall effect is definitely worthwhile. Overall, a powerful execution of a unique concept and some very interesting commentary of the nature of faith, religion and metaphysics. 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 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. CurtisC.
    Apr 21, 2006
    7
    Pretty twisted and creepy. There are some boring and slow parts, but for the most part, it's all pretty strange and just what you'd expect going into it. 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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