Metascore
41

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 9 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 28, 2014
    67
    While the movie is not without its charms, there's nothing indicating that it's actually a Hammer movie.
  2. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Apr 25, 2014
    67
    Worth making a little noise about if you’re a horror fan.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 25, 2014
    67
    Aside from a few cheap but effective shocks and jumps, there's nothing here that horror fans haven't seen in better recent films like "The Conjuring." Not to mention all of those wonderful Hammer films from the '50s and '60s.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Apr 25, 2014
    63
    If you look at a horror movie’s prime directive to be to scare the viewer, there’s no denying that, at times, The Quiet Ones got me.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Apr 24, 2014
    63
    If the stock concessions made to genre cliché by The Woman in Black can be charitably viewed as deliberate tips of the hat to the heyday of Hammer Films, then John Pogue's period-set exorcism yarn The Quiet Ones more interestingly upends those tropes.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Apr 22, 2014
    60
    The arrestingly fierce Cooke, in particular, is surely a star in the making.
  7. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Apr 7, 2014
    60
    There’s creepy dolls, cameras tipped on their side, blasts of white noise and a horny teenage Scooby gang helping Jared Harris’ Oxford prof stir up a poltergeist in the mind of a moody emo girl (Olivia Cooke).
  8. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Apr 7, 2014
    60
    Messier than recent Hammer output, but effectively chilling when it’s not making us feel the noize.
  9. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Apr 25, 2014
    58
    all the retro production design in the world can’t disguise the sheer familiarity of the film’s paranormal parlor tricks.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 25, 2014
    50
    Harris’ wondrous arrogance as Coupland nearly justifies The Quiet Ones, because he’s so absolutely certain of a methodology that’s so absolutely incoherent.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Apr 25, 2014
    50
    It's mostly full of schlock.
  12. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Apr 24, 2014
    50
    There are nice touches... Yet many of the movie’s more nominally horrific elements are too familiar.
  13. Reviewed by: Stephen Dalton
    Apr 4, 2014
    50
    The film relies on high production values and sense-battering shock tactics to make up for wooden performances and an illogical, silly script. As an exercise in retro pastiche, it impresses. But as a postmodern genre reinvention, it fails to deliver.
  14. Reviewed by: Charles Gant
    Apr 2, 2014
    50
    The 1970s setting offers a retro feel that should strike appealing chords for fans of old-school horror, but there’s little here that’s exactly new or fresh.
  15. Reviewed by: Cath Clarke
    Apr 9, 2014
    40
    There are a couple of decent jumps and a few giggles, but nothing armrest-clenchingly scary about The Quiet Ones.
  16. 38
    It’s a load of horrific hooey.
  17. Reviewed by: Kiva Reardon
    Apr 24, 2014
    38
    With its latest, The Quiet Ones, the company continues a tired trend, choosing the trite over the terrifying. The stale tone is struck from the outset with four simple words: “Inspired by actual events.”
  18. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Apr 28, 2014
    30
    Despite its outstanding performances, The Quiet Ones remains the very thing its protagonist scoffs at: a pointless story about “evil begetting evil for the sake of evil.” Evil can be defeated, but emptiness always prevails.
  19. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Apr 27, 2014
    30
    This demonic possession story is at times so lame it makes the last "Paranormal Activity" flick look like a masterpiece.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Apr 24, 2014
    30
    It's a junky, unscary genre piece with a misleading title, because director and co-writer John Pogue jacks up the decibels so often to manufacture frights that you fear a punctured eardrum more than anything else.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    May 1, 2014
    25
    The Quiet Ones simply has nothing to say.
  22. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 24, 2014
    25
    Veteran screenwriter John Pogue, in his second directorial outing, tries repeatedly and mostly unsuccessfully to jolt his audience by amping up the abundant sound effects to ear-shattering levels.
  23. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Apr 30, 2014
    20
    There’s no sense of trepidation in The Quiet Ones, because suspense requires a cogent storyline to either create or defy the viewer’s expectations. This lack of plausible narrative is either the result of lazy filmmaking or shortcut editing. Either way, you lose.
  24. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Apr 24, 2014
    20
    Ah, wait — it’s an ancient Sumerian curse. That seems like poppycock to everyone but this film’s four screenwriters, who also unfortunately go for crashes and yelling instead of a frightening story.
User Score
4.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Apr 25, 2014
    4
    "The Quiet Ones" is nothing original nor you haven't seen before. Despite the messy plot and execution, it is an interesting enough take on the horror genre of its kind, mixing shaky camera style with a 70's buzz, but creating cliches from films such as The Conjuring & The Haunting in Connecticut. "The Quiet Ones" is not fully recommended, it is messy and familiar, with lots of predictable twists, but if you are into popcorn films, this is one. Full Review »
  2. Sep 3, 2014
    4
    Entirely unimpressive. The biggest problem was that it was never scary, and that is clearly an important element. Those loud obnoxious noises did not do this movie any favors. Full Review »
  3. Aug 21, 2014
    4
    The Quiet Ones is an extremely loud and an overall weak effort. There's just to many jump scares and not enough actual scares to justify seeing this film. Not awful just whatever. C- Full Review »