Metascore
49

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 9, 2012
    38
    Demonstrating the limits of being too clever in a genre movie, the art-house chiller Silent House lets the tenseness of its first act trickle away.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 2, 2012
    30
    A creaky haunted house that, once the big twist is revealed, makes very little sense at all.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 10, 2012
    25
    "The silence will kill you!" warn the posters for Silent House. That's only if the boredom doesn't get you first, though.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Mar 4, 2012
    25
    Silent House dies a sudden and egregious death when the amateur players in Olsen's company, Adam Trese and Eric Sheffer Stevens, as her character Sarah's father and uncle, respectively, open their traps.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Mar 9, 2012
    7
    I'll be honest I was pretty surprised with how much I liked this movie. I wasn't even going to see it because I thought it was the usual homeI'll be honest I was pretty surprised with how much I liked this movie. I wasn't even going to see it because I thought it was the usual home invasion movie with the main character killing the intruder at the end of the film. I usually go see a movie on Tuesday and one on Friday when there are multiple movies coming out that I want to see. Well I thought The Raven came out today and that it what I was originally going to see today and come to find out it doesn't come out until next month. So anyways it was down to this and John Carter. I picked Silent House and wasn't let down. I think the darkness of the house kept the suspense up all movie. Elizabeth Olsen did a great job and it doesn't hurt that she is nice to look at. Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2012
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Ugh! I get so tired of these movies that look frightening as hell in the trailer, with a great young actress like Elizabeth Olsen, and they turn out to be (1) boring and (2) completely B.S. (Incidentally, I was more freaked out by the usher in my theater who grabbed my shoulder asking me to take my feet of the seat in front of my than by anything in the movie). I"d love a return to "intruder" movies that involve a protagonist and an actual "bad guy", rather than realizing half way through the movie that the protagonist IS the bad guy and that she's so cracked from early-life abuse that she's actually wreaked all the havoc thus far in the movie. Oh yeah, it's a "psychological thriller", Marc. Blah! Don't buy it. Not scary, not good. I'll give it three points because Elizabeth Olsen is truly a great young actress. But the disappearing girl on the road, the toilet bleeding from the bathroom ceiling, the blood spreading on the bed - all crap. Rent a better horror movie. Don't waste your time with this sucker. Full Review »
  3. Nov 30, 2012
    1
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. At best, "Silent House" is an interesting experiment of a film - a movie that's more suspense than horror, and goes for a decidedly unique approach by making the entire feature appear as a continuous shot. Although this does allow for some decent build-up and tension at first, by the second act the film gets somewhat monotous and sometimes tedious, with only Elisabeth Olsen's cleavage to maintain any engagement whatsoever.

    However, anything good the movie had going for it is completely lost in the third act. Although this is delivered in a frustratingly cryptic and rather clumsy manner, the climax reveals that Olsen's character has essentially developed a dangerous psychological dichotomy, which has apparently been festering within her all this time since her father and uncle sexually abused and impregnated her as a child, then forced her to undergo an abortion. This mental scarring takes her over during the film's runtime, making her see things and hiding from her childhood demons, until in the end she finally kills her father and leaves her uncle miserably whimpering in the corner.

    Personally, this took the plot just too far in the wrong direction. Horror/suspense films in which the main character is crazy are often, at best, only decent to start. But to discover, after we've spent just enough time following her about the house to become attached to her, that our lead is suffering a mental breakdown due to a tragic and horrific past is a truly depressing revelation to have to sit through, and leaves you feeling in need of a shower. There is no real triumph here - Olsen's character has not really claimed any victory, because she has not conquered her fear of her past. She has only bludgeoned to death the perpetrator of her abuse, and will likely wander off into the rest of her life as the tortured soul we've endured the presence of for the past ninety minutes. This is not a happy film, a scary film or a gripping film - it's just a bad experience.
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