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  • Summary: In pursuit of one serial killer, ambitious FBI student Clarice Starling (Foster) is forced to enlist the aid of another notorious killer, the incarcerated ex-psychiatrist known as "Hannibal the Cannibal" Lecter (Hopkins).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    Hopkins' insinuating performance puts him right up there with the screen's great bogymen. [13 February 1991, Calendar, p.F-1}
  2. 100
    The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [not credited]
    100
    A mesmerizing thriller that will grip audiences from first scene to last.
  4. A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria. It doesn't have to.
  5. 89
    At long, long last: the real thing.
  6. 88
    Chilling and creepy, and there's no denying that the most celebrated aspect of the film -- the Clarice/Hannibal connection -- could not have been accomplished with greater skill.
  7. The plot is squeezed dry in this bloody Valentine from Hollywood and becomes annoyingly predictable. Thriller stumbles on its own success

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 75
  2. Negative: 2 out of 75
  1. Jun 28, 2011
    10
    A fantastic, haunting experience. You won't be scared in the traditional horror movie sense, but you will be terrified in the psychologicalA fantastic, haunting experience. You won't be scared in the traditional horror movie sense, but you will be terrified in the psychological horror sense. Anthony Hopkins is absolutely haunting as Hannibal Lecter, and he pulls the roll off very well. A classic movie that no sane person will want to miss. It may be slow, but your attention will not be lost. One of the best films of the last 50 years, easily. Expand
  2. Jul 23, 2014
    10
    It is definitely one of the best films in the 90s and one of the rare films that well deserved its oscars.Demne tells the story veryIt is definitely one of the best films in the 90s and one of the rare films that well deserved its oscars.Demne tells the story very patiently through proper character development. this a thriller and they can't go through every single details of the characters . However the film explains the psychology behind crime and the motivations of Clarice Starling very well. See Jodie Foster in the very final scene while buffalo bill is wearing his night vision goggles . Truly terrifying scene and Jodie's performance is just amazing, Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2015
    10
    Silence of the lambs is the movie everyone wants to see. Jodie foster portrays the character of a fbi agent who in her childhood experiencedSilence of the lambs is the movie everyone wants to see. Jodie foster portrays the character of a fbi agent who in her childhood experienced unfortunate things. In order to make her nightmares go away she wants to save at least one innocent. Anthony Hopkins as lecter comes as the terrific and psychotic creature.
    background score is really haunting. Eventhough this is not horrific and not so much blood spatter.Still the movie is a best thriller because of Anthony Hopkins and the evil buffalo bill
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  4. Jul 27, 2013
    9
    The Silence of the Lambs is an outstanding film. Great acting especially by Hopkins and Foster. This film as amazing atmospherically becauseThe Silence of the Lambs is an outstanding film. Great acting especially by Hopkins and Foster. This film as amazing atmospherically because it is able to achieve a great level of tension. The best part for this aspect is the ending scenes in which you can't help but be on the edge of your seat the entire time. A much watch film and certainly deserving of all the academy awards that it won. Expand
  5. Aug 4, 2015
    9
    An expertly crafted piece of cinema with every instance of tension/release, thread of thematic intrigue, and frame of an image designed to aAn expertly crafted piece of cinema with every instance of tension/release, thread of thematic intrigue, and frame of an image designed to a near flawless measure. A spectacularly acted, written, and staged work of art. Expand
  6. Mar 19, 2015
    9
    My friend always said a thriller should have a psychological facet in a movie. Well, me and him watched this together and I could not be moreMy friend always said a thriller should have a psychological facet in a movie. Well, me and him watched this together and I could not be more pleased with what this movie had to offer.. Believe me, alot of thriller movies have done a good job emulating this film without trying to exactly copy it. I love the acting, the plot, and the literal thrill of suspense. Im a music guy so I do pay attention to the musical score and lets just say the Munich Symphony Orchestra made me check the curtains and grab an extra layer of sheets.

    Jonathan Demme deserves credit for directing this and so does Ted Tally for writing the screenplay.
    It's weird but I get the sense that this movie could really happen in real life. I got annoyed at some of the acting but it won best actor and actress so don't take my word for it. Last thing I want to mention is that this movie tackled on some really tough issues like homophobia and sexual orientation. That is BIG considering the 80s was a really rough period for the LGBT community.

    Treat yo self and watch this movie. If the US Library of Congress approves and you don't, you're not appreciating American work. Just kidding but I love a smart, bad-ass villain
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  7. TedK.
    Jun 20, 2008
    2
    Anthony Hopkins gives the most overrated performance of all time. He way overplayed it. Aside from that, the movie is really quite dull and Anthony Hopkins gives the most overrated performance of all time. He way overplayed it. Aside from that, the movie is really quite dull and unexceptional. I'm mystified by the positive reviews and never understood this movie's appeal. Expand

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