Silent Fall
Silent Fall (1994)

This by-the-numbers psychodrama about a child psychologist trying to discern the truth behind a pair of murders stars Richard Dreyfuss as Dr. Jake Rainer, a child psychologist living in an upscale community. Rainer retired when a patient… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 28, 1994
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy

Poorly scripted by Akiva Goldsman, this murder mystery (helmed by Bruce Beresford) represents an awkward synthesis of autism and family abuse as social problems, failing to deliver suspense or excitement on any level.

James Berardinelli

It's the kind of picture that results when a film maker loses sight of the fact that a portion of his audience might actually think while watching a movie.

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Stephen Farber

Beresford has drawn amazing performances from Ben Faulkner as the boy and ravishing ex-model Liv Tyler as his distraught sister.

Time Out

Beresford draws the best from a fine cast. Only when he tries to up the thrill quotient near the end are the contrivances of Akiva Goldsman's debut script revealed, like cracks in the smooth surface of a frozen lake.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Silent Fall, a dramatically repressed psychodrama, could be sued for creative malpractice.

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Steve Rhodes
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The mystery keeps the viewer riveted to the screen.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

So predictable that you would almost swear you'd seen it before.

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Clint Morris

A tense and terrific thriller. Tyler is a standout.

Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The film relies too heavily on gimmicks ... And the mystery plotting and dialogue are weak at best.

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