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  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    There's no attempt at humor in Dead Silence, but the biggest sin in the film is the lack of scares. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Boasts nothing new under the sun, but it does provide a few decent scares. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The dialogue isn't ridiculous, and sometimes it's witty: A cynical cop (Donnie Wahlberg) doesn't buy Jamie's theory that the doll had something to do with the murder: "The mystery toy department is down the hall. This is the homicide department." show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This new movie is a more credible, less grisly act of filmmaking , but it's a less compelling exercise. It doesn't have the ruthless moral reasoning of the first two "Saw" pictures, however grotesque and specious that reasoning was. But it does have a plot that revolves around a ventriloquist and her demon doll. show more

  • 38
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    There are no two ways about it: A chubby-cheeked dummy doing stuff it shouldn't be doing is spooky stuff. But Wan isn't on such sure footing with his actors -- Wahlberg is stilted as the tough-guy cop, and Kwanten is blandly uninteresting. show more

  • 38
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Too slack to do much harrowing and falls back on some very raggedy commonplaces at the points when it should be delivering knockout scares. show more

  • 38
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The movie's uninteresting characters, boneheaded dialogue and flagrantly nonsensical narrative detract considerably from the virtues of the visual design. show more

  • 40
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Wan does manage to infuse his film with some of the subtle unsubtleties of classic Euro-horror outings, chief among them the palpable, dreamlike sense of dislocation and the abiding severance from reality that tends to make nongenre fans wonder if someone spiked their popcorn with LSD. show more

  • 50
    Scott Brown Entertainment Weekly

    Terrified of puppets? Enjoy being scared? Then you'll be half-satisfied with Dead Silence, a rote horror pantomime. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Dolls are innately unnerving, but the movie's semi-menacing Charlie McCarthys never live up to their potential. As creaky nonsense goes, though, this is chock-full of corny goodness down to its hilarious sense-shredding "twist," which the movie reveals like a magician proudly unveiling a dead rabbit. show more

  • August 26, 2010 lightningf33t
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    this movie was awesomel!!! my dad jolted a few times and mom just screamed like once. i especially liked this one bcuz it didn't have any swear words...i'm surprised producers finally made a horror movie without course words :0

  • April 06, 2010 Rean Rossier
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    It was not that good. And I thought this movie would be good but it was bad.

  • August 29, 2008 xy2cool4youlol
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    wow eva says it suXs thats a liE it ROCKS SO DAMN HARD SO PEACE 2 da midd;lE eastMOW....,,,,,,,,,....,.,.,.,.,.

  • May 22, 2008 drakeypoo2012
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    dead silence isnt one of those stupid horror movies, it acctually offers a well directed plot. I highly recomend watching it

  • May 22, 2008 smooches2u68
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    I was jolted sufficiently. The storyline had the potential to be good, but was lost on the horrible acting of the main characters. I was especially disappointed with Donnie Wahlberg's acting. I would like to find a horror film that can encompass both a good storyline, quality acting and great jolts. Is that really so hard to accomplish? If you want to be scared, you'd do good to see this film. You get what you pay for I guess.

  • May 22, 2008 Jason
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    I was expecting a movie about killer ventriliquis dolls, instead all I watched is a typical old woman ghost story.

  • May 22, 2008 briget223
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    This movie sucked and was a waste of money. Everything was so predictable. Maybe for thirty seconds out of this 90 minute movie were you somewhat scared. If you want to see it wait for HBO. Do not even waste your money at Blockbuster.

  • May 22, 2008 prettyinpink7219
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    my mum wouldnt let me see it... :(

  • May 22, 2008 djxs03
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    I liked this film the first time around when it was called "Magic". Oh the creative bones of writers are deteriorating with osteoporosis. Boniva anyone?

  • May 22, 2008 swimjoe008
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    This movie is not worth seeing in the movies, wait to rent. It jumps from topic to topic and doesn't have a well formulated plot line. The story behind it is very good but was put together sloppy. The effects were okay, and it had it's moments for "scariness" but it was predictable. The movie left you asking alot of questions, like most movies nowadays. I felt the characters were not properly introduced and they didn't go into enough detail. I felt like you were just thrown into the middle of what could have been a really good movie. In other words, "it was gay."

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