After his wife meets a grisly end, a man (Ryan Kwanten) returns to their haunted hometown and uncovers a supernatural link to her death.
" A gothic chiller in which morbid atmospherics and simmering suspense build to an ingenious third-act climax. "
" Armed with a decent budget, director James Wan and co-screenwriter Leigh Wannell fashion at least a dozen sequences that are spooky even while they defy logic. "
" Director Wan demonstrates that he's equally effective working in a more classical vein, especially with his skillful use of chilling low-key sound effects and silence in several scary sequences. "
" Saw creators Leigh Whannell and James Wan know scary: all that stuff that heebie-jeebied you when you were a kid. (Or as Entertainment Weekly would say: Dead Silence is awash with atavistic horror tropes.) "
" Dolls are innately unnerving, but the movie's semi-menacing Charlie McCarthys never live up to their potential. "
" Formulaic and rather lazy exercise in booga-booga scare tactics. "
" It's affectionately done, but rather pointless. "
" Terrified of puppets? Enjoy being scared? Then you'll be half-satisfied with Dead Silence, a rote horror pantomime. "
" The film's playfully self-aware touches (like a grand old theater named the Guignol) distract from its leaden pacing, three too many final twists and various behavioral idiocies. "
" The movie's uninteresting characters, boneheaded dialogue and flagrantly nonsensical narrative detract considerably from the virtues of the visual design. "
" The movies have always asked us to suspend our disbelief, but Dead Silence demands our ignorance of its own derivations. A conflation of the horror genre's laziest tropes, plot angles and shorthands. "
" There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares. "
" This new movie is a more credible, less grisly act of filmmaking , but it's a less compelling exercise. It doesn't have the ruthless moral reasoning of the first two Saw pictures, however grotesque and specious that reasoning was. "
" Wan and Whannell have a carnivalesque sense of fun and a sure instinct for recycling classic horror tropes, but their characters are so flat and their plotting so listless that this low-budget feature fails to generate much suspense. "
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