Silent Movie
Silent Movie (1976)

A hasbeen comedy director struggles to recruit a group of big Hollywood stars to take part in his comeback project, a modern-day silent movie. Mel Brooks' cameo-filled comedy pays loving tribute to the early days of screen comedy… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 16, 1976
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Clancy Sigel
The Spectator

What disconcerts me about Mr Brooks is his obviousness, the lack of any true surprise in his gags.

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Mark Bourne

While Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein stride across the land with seven-league boots, Silent Movie glides on tip-toe like Bugs Bunny in ballet slippers.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Low end of Mel Brooks' films.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Silly strained comedy.

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Christopher Null

Mel Brooks has never known when a joke is worthy of a five-minute bit and when it's something you can flesh out into a full length feature.

Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Mel Brooks was THE comic master of the 70's

Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Not Brooks' best, but still funny

Chuck O'Leary

Largely a success due to some very funny sight gags, but even at a brief 87 minutes, Brooks seems to be stretching things to feature-film length in the last half-hour.

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Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online

Brooks' tribute to silent cinema has its drawbacks, but his obvious affection for pre-talkies saves the day.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Garman
In the 1970's Mel Brooks was the cinematic comedy genius. He created the most celebrated western parody with Blazing Saddles, a wager that paid off. During… More
Kevin M. Williams
so bad it's good, brooks, as usual ("if it works, don't fix it") mugs his way thru this movie about the very movie yer watchin'… More
Christian C
Clever idea for a 15 minute short film is dragged out to a full-length feature. Not only does the gimmick get old fast, but the non-silent era stars don't… More
Jennifer D
I think the mimicking of silent era acting was funny even if the story was so so. Still, the slapstick and physical comedy made it worth it. "Ars es… More
Aj V
In case you're wonder, yes this movie is silent! Brooks brings us nostalgia of the old silents, and it is hilarious. If you like his films, I highly… More
Tim Salmons
Bless you Mel Brooks. Even when your movies weren't perfect, they're still a hell of a lotta fun.