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Silent Hill

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Canada, France, Japan · 2006
Rated R · 2h 5m
Director Christophe Gans
Starring Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Jodelle Ferland, Laurie Holden
Genre Horror, Mystery

Unable to accept the doctor's diagnosis that her daughter should be permanently institutionalized for psychiatric care, Rose flees with her child, heading for the abandoned town of Silent Hill in search of answers – and ignoring the protests of her husband. It's soon clear this place is unlike anywhere she's ever been.

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Empire by

A step in the right direction for console-to-screen transitions and a twisted masterpiece of set design. Ultimately, though, it's a little too much like watching someone else play the game.


Variety by Dennis Harvey

In the end, Silent Hill degenerates into an overblown replay of all those "Twilight Zone" and Stephen King stories in which outsiders stumble upon a time-warped location from which there's no escape.


L.A. Weekly by Ernest Hardy

Buried beneath Silent Hill’s hyper-stylized stupidity (the film looks like a collaboration between David Fincher, Trent Reznor and music video director Mark Romanek) is the hollow effort to bottle something of the zeitgeist unease surrounding religious fundamentalism.


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.


TV Guide Magazine 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.


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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