63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It packs in a few scary moments and offers a nicely ambiguous conclusion. In Silent Hill, atmosphere trumps storyline.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Runs out of story a good half hour before it runs out of spooky images, but it comes to a quietly chilling conclusion far more haunting than any bloody mayhem.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Though Silent Hill's shoddy dialogue and incoherent story constantly irritate, several sights and scenes possess a certain surreal grandeur...Sadly, that's not enough to compensate for Silent Hill's utter lack of tension, intrigue, character development or satisfactory explanations for what the hell's happening on the screen.
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38

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Although I did not understand the story, I would have appreciated a great deal less explanation. All through the movie, characters are pausing in order to offer arcane back-stories and historical perspectives and metaphysical insights and occult orientations. They talk and talk and somehow their words do not light up any synapses in my brain.
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A few of the images are startling, but as Radha Mitchell (a good actress) wanders through a ghost town, searching for her lost daughter as though she was touring an abandoned movie set, Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A great-looking but stupefyingly incoherent supernatural thriller adapted from a popular video game that ransacks the entire catalog of horror film tropes for more than two mind-numbing hours.
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25

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The worst kind of horror movie: trash that takes itself seriously.
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Witless, soulless and joyless, it displays its video game origins throughout.
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12

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Tens of millions of dollars were spent to tell us what we should have known going in: that the makers of the movie you're slogging through will spare no expense to demonstrate how much they hate us. Do us a favor. Tell them the feeling is mutual.
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0

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Silent Hill has plenty of bad acting, bad dialogue and a confusing plot -- all of which become exponentially more painful when the movie goes on forever.
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30 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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