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Silent Night

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United Kingdom

2021

Rated R • 1h 32m

Director Camille Griffin

Starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis

Genre Horror, Comedy, Drama

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IndieWire by

If Silent Night ultimately aces its peculiar tone, it struggles with having anything to say.
55

TheWrap by Alonso Duralde

Griffin juggles her many characters well, and she’s very smart about weaponizing the coziness of Christmas movies to make uncomfortable points. Silent Night may wind up being a successful calling card for her (as a director if not as a screenwriter), but for all the beautiful wrapping, it’s mostly an empty box.
50

Variety by Guy Lodge

Distracted for long stretches with ribbons and bows, “Silent Night” never uncovers its harshest possibilities: It’s sober and well-behaved even when the party falls to pieces.
60

The Hollywood Reporter by Lovia Gyarkye

This shaky apocalyptic film doesn’t land at times, but its gripping final act, a handful of standout performances and attempts at commentary about class and climate change will probably keep most audiences engaged.
50

The Playlist by Marya E. Gates

Highly ambitious, dark as midnight, and often hilarious, Griffin’s debut film Silent Night doesn’t always work, but her insightful look at the inherent selfishness of humanity and our absurd need to cling to hope no matter what is spot on.
80

IGN by Siddhant Adlakha

With a stunningly honest performance from the director’s son — Jojo Rabbit star Roman Griffin Davis — Silent Night balances the eccentricities of a Christmas get-together with nihilistic acceptance of certain doom, making for a film that’s both bleak and dryly funny.
50

Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Silent Night works best as a grim chamber piece that subverts the season’s usual good cheer — or, depending on one’s temperament, serves as a tart distillation of the nagging gloom those who hate the holidays often feel.

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