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Parents' Guide to

Silent Hours

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

British crime drama has sex, violence, strong language.

Movie NR 2021 155 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


Of course we expect some blood because of the theme and we expect naked dead bodies, but this is basically a platform to show a guy getting his fantasy kicks out of slapping bare bottoms and oral sex, with VERY close up details of nipples in one of a few scenes that lasted several minutes! Okay for blokes i guess, but any woman would feel uncomfortable and exploited by this film.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+


Like a stilted 70’s police drama. Waaaaay too long and what’s with the repeated view of body parts, did they get a job lot? I think the critics were generous with the amount of time and effort they put in to their reviews. I am going to waste no more of either on this film.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

With a bloated running time of over 2.5 hours, there's a strange pacing to this movie that makes sense when considering it was adapted from a three-part drama series. Mark Greenstreet has maintained an episodic structure for Silent Hours, but it doesn't sit particularly well in movie format. Exposition comes thick and fast, with every detail either spoken aloud or pointed out clumsily via camera shot -- the scenes in the psychologist's office are particularly jarring.

Despite the grisly subject matter, the film struggles to conjure much in the way of immediacy or danger, relying on generic, tired genre tropes, without building on the basics. Even narrative techniques where reality shifts, or past events are revisited through a new lens don't feel as clever as they should. Performances get a bit lost in the mix, with Kirwan the only one consistently managing to keep her head above water. This is a classic story that is beginning to feel somewhat outdated -- a tale told a hundred times over and, sadly, a hundred times better.

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