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  • Summary: Popular cheerleader Nina Deer's (Cuthbert) world is turned upside down when her parents (Falco and Donovan) adopt a recently orphaned deaf girl, Dot (Belle). But in this suburban home, things are not what they seem. Dot's arrival puts a crack in Nina's idyllic social life and the dark secrets her family harbors soon become exposed. (Sony Pictures Classics) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 24
  2. Negative: 16 out of 24
  1. 75
    Overall this is a compelling and sometimes disturbing motion picture.
  2. 50
    The few effective scenes in The Quiet suggest that the film might have worked as a kinked-up Hitchcockian thriller rather than the drab, serious drama it turns out to be.
  3. 40
    Babbit is skilled at creating atmosphere and mood, all of it creepy or sodden, and actresses Elisha Cuthbert and Camilla Belle put their hearts into their roles, which are, unfortunately, encased in a sleazoid TV movie of the week tarted up in art-school clothes.
  4. 30
    Creepy, creepy, creepy -- and not in a good way.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    It never quite settles on whether it's a "Mean Girls" burlesque of teen life, an "American Beauty"-style bad-things-in-the-suburbs drama, or a wayward horror film. And it certainly never reconciles itself to successfully pulling off a hybrid of the three.
  6. The desperation TV stars must feel to be on the big screen is the only explanation for Edie Falco and Elisha Cuthbert's appearance in The Quiet, a creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness.
  7. 0
    With its pathetic characters, questionable logic, and wall-to-wall Beethoven, the movie is a serious contender for this year's Golden Turkey award.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jan 11, 2014
    I wasn't sure about this movie when I decided to watch it on the Lifetime Network (it was the only somewhat interesting thing on) but was blown away. The description given on most sites doesn't do this movie any justice. It took turns you never saw coming & it was very intense, sad, scary, real & it leaves you staring at the screen, mouth open & heart racing. My preferred genres don't usually consist of Lifetime dramas (I'm more of a horror, dark comedy, cult classics kinda girl) unless I'm totally out of options but I would own this movie (I'm talking paying cash not free download) if it weren't so underrated & hard to find. Goose bumps. Expand
  2. CarolineL.
    Sep 1, 2006
    Twisted and funny, a little of everything rolled into one, drama, comedy, thriller. Nice to see something different from all the usual stuff. And nice to see something about women directed by a woman. Expand
  3. KyleJ.
    Aug 29, 2006
    A cult classic like no other, full of macabre humor. I highly recommend it.
  4. HenryK.
    Sep 1, 2006
    The critics are really off on this one. It's a blast from start to finish. Thought provoking, dark, and very funny.
  5. ScottM
    Sep 7, 2006
    I'm surprised. I usually agree with critics. This film is flawed, as a result of the micro-budget, but is rich and compelling, far more so than I expected. I was very impressed. Expand
  6. NathanL.
    Feb 14, 2007
    Strong performances, the story was okay. But overall, better than I expected.
  7. [Anonymous]
    Sep 3, 2006
    tried way too hard & just missed the mark, in my opinion. I kept checking my watch.

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