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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 457 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 7 out of 457

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  1. Sep 29, 2011
    4
    "The Silence of the Lambs" is definitely a overrated movie. The character development is hurried and cannot focus on either characters. Anthony Hopkins is perfect for the sadistic killer, but his role was a foolish one. The story is linear and the movie ends with a surprisingly corny ending with **** optimism. It's just plain terrible.
  2. JohnD
    Mar 3, 2005
    4
    Definitly one of the most over rated movies i have seen. i was bored throughout the entire movie.
  3. Mar 26, 2012
    6
    As a film which has the arduous task of combing elements from both horror AND thriller genres 'Silence of the Lambs' works out relatively decent with the exception of a few minor hiccups The first is character development. It's most definitely featured but is rather weak and lifeless. You simply don't care that much for these characters or their back-stories. Jodie Foster gives a stunningAs a film which has the arduous task of combing elements from both horror AND thriller genres 'Silence of the Lambs' works out relatively decent with the exception of a few minor hiccups The first is character development. It's most definitely featured but is rather weak and lifeless. You simply don't care that much for these characters or their back-stories. Jodie Foster gives a stunning performance but I felt that Anthony Hopkins portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter was overblown. If suspense is more important than gore you should enjoy this flick. Expand
  4. YoonC.
    Sep 15, 2003
    6
    Masterful in a low n dirty way, much too thick in terms of style, its gothic overdrive engulfs whatever sense the movie starts out with. Demme however had a knack for rendering the seemingly ludricrous plausible but, again, thru manipulation of the stupid frightened child in each of us.
  5. Dec 25, 2014
    5
    I cannot see where the Oscars come into play for this film: It's a well-paced, smart, inventive thriller with, but Anthony Hopkins is not on screen long enough for his to go down in history as one of the greatest. Jodie Foster is even more banal. The underrated star here is Ted Levine. But as a whole, there were many films that year better than 'Silence of the Lambs'.
  6. Jan 5, 2016
    6
    WHAT I LIKED: The main thing about this thriller is the outsanding acting - 'Silence of the lambs' is full of characterisation thanks to this excellent cast. Delving into the mind of lector and bill is exciting, plus there's no denying it's a real thriller at the end where it ties up excllently. 
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's just not subtle enough. Tension should be played out delicately, and
    WHAT I LIKED: The main thing about this thriller is the outsanding acting - 'Silence of the lambs' is full of characterisation thanks to this excellent cast. Delving into the mind of lector and bill is exciting, plus there's no denying it's a real thriller at the end where it ties up excllently. 
    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: It's just not subtle enough. Tension should be played out delicately, and in this film it's slapped in your face, which means there's no drop in the tone and thus it feels long and dragged out. As a result it's also not very pyscological, as every theme is presented blatantly and obviously (and the intrusive music does little to help this.)
    VERDICT: A thriller that exceeds in terms of characterisation, but fails when it comes to building tension and excitement.
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Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. An accomplished, effective, grisly, and exceptionally sick slasher film that I can't with any conscience recommend, because the purposes to which it places its considerable ingenuity are ultimately rather foul.
  2. 88
    It has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.
  3. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    70
    Demme's pacing is tight throughout, marred only by some low-angle close-ups of the cannibal that are right out of old Vincent Price thrillers. [Feb 18, 1991]