The Silence of the Lambs
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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 murderer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, who kills young women and then removes the skin from their bodies. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jonathan Demme's hypnotic adaptation of the Thomas Harris novel has a seriousness and intensity that's been entirely lacking in horror movies lately."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"It's a gnarled, brutal, highly manipulative film that, at its center, seems morally indefensible."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"As Lecter, Anthony Hopkins gives an astounding performance -- eery, menacing, creepy, believable."
‑ Chauncey Mabe, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This multi-Oscar-winning classic, adapted from Thomas Harris's bestseller, was responsible for giving cinematic serial killers a better image, thanks to Anthony Hopkins's enthralling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hannibal the Cannibal" is the ultimate anti-hero."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jonathan Demme's thriller is artful pulp -- tabloid material treated with intelligence and care and a weird kind of sensitivity."
‑ Terrence Rafferty, New Yorker
"The confrontations between Foster and Hopkins -- facing her from an ultrasecure cell -- are models of chilling intensity."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"n exceptionally good film, perhaps this fine director's best, in which the horror genre is elevated into the kind of cinema that can at least be argued about as a treatise for its unsettling times."
‑ Derek Malcolm, Guardian
"Thriller that made the serial killer a superstar."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Demme comes at Harris' material from another angle: His movie may deal with madness, but his perspective is mercifully sane."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Hopkins' performance may be the film's bravura showpiece, but Foster's goes the whole distance, steadfast, controlled, heartbreakingly insightful, a fine addition to her gallery of characterizations."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"Has any horror movie equalled it in the past 22 years? Perhaps. But if only one super-gory flick is ever considered worthy enough for the Academy's top prize, I'm fine with this being it."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"Jonathan Demme's astute adaptation of Thomas Harris' last good book entwines the horror and detective genres to enduringly shocking effect."
‑ , Total Film
"The odd psychological interplay between the gutsy, but green, Starling and the deranged, yet fascinating, Lecter provides the basic tone for Jonathan Demme's well-made, insidious shocker."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
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