The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: the FBI is investigating a vicious… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 1991
DVD Release Date: July 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Jonathan Demme's smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

The movie, scary and graphic to cause timid souls (such as this writer) to close their eyes at certain points, has a vise-like grip on the audience.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

The Silence of the Lambs, with its dark Freudian subtext, its Poe-like air of foreboding and its chillingly gritty characterizations, is simply a very tough and very scary little movie.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Jonathan Demme's hypnotic adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel has a seriousness and intensity that's been entirely lacking in horror movies lately.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible.

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Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

As Lecter, Anthony Hopkins gives an astounding performance -- eery, menacing, creepy, believable.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Hopkins' cumulative screen image is one of civility and decency, and the association adds to the withering, macabre effect of his murderer. It is a remarkably lucid portrait of lunacy.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

The confrontations between Foster and Hopkins -- facing her from an ultrasecure cell -- are models of chilling intensity.

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Adriel Lim
A stunning and scintillating thriller with remarkable characters portrayed larger than life by Foster and Hopkins.
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This breathtaking psychological thriller and terrific character study will always be remembered for its iconic depiction of one of the most fascinating monsters… More
Chris Weber
So far, only two other films besides this one have the distinction of winning all five of the major categories at the Oscars (picture, director, actor, actress,… More
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A taut thriller, 'Silence of the Lambs' is one of the most gripping cinematic experiences out there. With the help of a devilishly good performance… More
Samuel Riley
Its understandable why this is such a shocking yet superb masterpiece. With iconic performances and highly recognised lines and scenarios.Jodie Foster plays as… More