The Quiet
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Cheerleader Nina Deer's seemingly idyllic life of is thrown into turmoil when Dot, a deaf teenager, is adopted into her suburban family. After first being ostracized as a "freak," Dot soon becomes extremely popular as those around her find her to be someone they can conveniently and safely confess their darkest secrets to. Struggling with a very disturbing secret of her own, Nina eventually strikes an unlikely bond with Dot herself.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In retrospect, it is Belle who manages to acquit herself best with a role that never quite makes sense, but affords her some expressive, silent sequences. Surely she will find other film work and then quietly drop The Quiet from her biography."
‑ Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The exposition is so heavy-handed, the producers might just as well distribute a printed handout to hapless ticket buyers."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"A hilariously bad and utterly ridiculous piece of melodrama touted as a thriller."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"What on the surface initially seems like your typical bitchy blonde-versus-ostracized newcomer teensploit is merely this taut psychological thriller's point of departure for the exploration of a more sobering set of circumstances."
‑ Kam Williams,
"The Quiet is the kind of bad filmmaking that makes me lament that I blew a couple of hours of my life seeing it."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"One strength of The Quiet is that it does not deal exploitatively with the incest/sexual abuse issue in its quest to generate tension."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Bordering on camp and loaded with lesbian undertones, this wretched drama plays like a high-school horror flick that trades monsters and mayhem for an overdose of force-fed cruelty."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The fatalistic woe becomes an indie film mockery. It's truly adolescent."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"The film's producers would like us to keep this quiet... this is supposed to be a thriller, but the only time we were thrilled was when it was over."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"The next "American Beauty". The film expunges every inch of emotion from its actors shells - particularly marvellous newcomer Camilla Belle, last seen in the "When A Stranger Calls" remake, and former "24" cutie Elisha Cuthbert, whose never been better""
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Rather than an indictment of depravity, the movie quickly becomes a particularly cynical example of it."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A creepy family drama that reeks of pretentiousness."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"Illustrate[s], once and for all, that it's possible for a film to be soooo slow and ponderous it can appear, at times, to come to a dead stop."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Starts with an overwritten voice-over and ends with events so baffling as to seem satirical."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Perhaps future generations of film scholars will embrace The Quiet as a B-movie that problematizes the oppressive gaze, but for now, it's a misfire."
‑ Marrit Ingman, Austin Chronicle
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