Silent Hill
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The eerie and deserted ghost town of Silent Hill draws a young mother desperate to find a cure for her only child's illness. 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 in search of answers -- and ignoring the protests of her husband. It's soon clear this place is unlike anywhere she's ever been. It's smothered by fog, inhabited by a variety of strange beings and periodically overcome by a living "darkness" that literally transforms… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"French director Christophe Gans's adaptation of the Silent Hill computer game is visually inspired and thematically ambitious, yet ultimately uninvolving."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Silent Hill is mostly paralyzing in its vagueness."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Visually arresting but only sporadically enthralling."
‑ Gary Dowell, Baltimore City Paper
"When everything starts being explained, the mystery evaporates and the world of the game loses its eerie bafflement."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"although it is rarely if ever jump-out-of-your-seat scary, Silent Hill is an unremittingly creepy municipality of the mind where motherhood, mystery and madness have come home to stay."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Stuffed with cheap effects and devoid of tension, this French-Japanese-U.S. co-production contributes exactly zilch to the rich film history of those three nations."
‑ Bill Gallo, Village Voice
"Structured around a series of blackouts and gross-outs, Silent Hill is one long free fall through icky surrealism and underlighted nightmares."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"It's one of the best video game adaptations I've seen in years."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The latest, most ambitious and perhaps least comprehensible video game adaptation in recent memory."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Silent Hill starts out at point A and then goes so quickly, loudly and visually over-the-top that it flies completely off the rails into its own glorious weirdness."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"The film's peculiar rhythms%u2014action, exposition, action, exposition%u2014betray its video-game roots, but audiences unfamiliar with the Silent Hill series can be forgiven for thinking that the game asks players to run from place to place, shouting a l"
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A great-looking but stupefyingly incoherent supernatural thriller,"
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Whilst not as atrocious as some other films that have opened this year, the truely woeful story and quality of Silent is saved only by its occasion moments of visual flair, and its all over effective creepy atmosphere."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"If you like your nightmares served upfront without the clutter of dramatic structure, then Silent Hill should be your next stop."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Director Christophe Gans charges, hell-bent, right over the plot and winds up with not much more than an oppressive 125-minute running time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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