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Mixed or average reviews- based on 33 Ratings

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  • Summary: An unorthodox professor (Jared Harris) uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. [Hammer Films]
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: 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 38
    It’s a load of horrific hooey.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Apr 26, 2014
    10
    This is a thinking man's horror film, not a shock or gore fest. In that light this was masterfully done, you're uneasy from start to finish. Loved it.
  2. Apr 27, 2014
    5
    This is all shock and no plot. Some of the jump scares are incredibly effective, and the filmmakers’ use of the surround sound is some of the best I’ve heard. But unlike walking into a haunted house, where I know I’m simply trying to get from Point A to Point B with as many scares as possible, when I walk into a horror film, I need more than scares; I need a complete movie. This film is better served for a Saturday afternoon watch at home. Expand
  3. May 22, 2014
    5
    The Quiet Ones isn't a terrible film and will admit it had moments that were frightening but I began to realize after awhile the director relying on deafening sounds rather than story to scare the audience. Expand
  4. 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- Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Apr 26, 2014
    2
    What the hell is this? The Quiet ones is a badly acted, directed and it's a migraine of a movie. Sure, the some scares and the story is interesting but after that it goes downhill. Ignore this quiet one. Notes to the director: Shaky cam does not make a movie better, it makes it even worse. Expand
  7. May 24, 2014
    0
    This movie lacks everything. The story is weak, the acting is dreadful besides the main actor. Its not scary other then a few jump scenes. The people stick it out so when they all die, your not a bit surprised. Its not worth a watch. Ive seen better acting on America's funniest home videos. Expand

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