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.

Jan Stuart

Anthony Hopkins is devastatingly demonic in Jonathan Demme's truly horrifying thriller.

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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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Joseph Walsh

Nearly three decades on, The Silence of the Lambs doesn't just hold up: it still startles in finesse and execution.

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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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Lizzie Francke
Sight and Sound

Are these the laws of desire in a decaying culture built on the husks of atrophied ideals, where longing is a destructive touch and relationships are made out of perverse torment?

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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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Simran Hans
Observer (UK)

One of Demme's great skills is his sense of balance; set pieces are alternately propelled by ratcheting tension and slow, mounting dread, while his exquisite match cuts between parallel storylines keep the pace nimble.

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A stunning and scintillating thriller with remarkable characters portrayed larger than life by Foster and Hopkins.
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