Parents' Guide to

The Silence

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Suspenseful dystopian horror movie has violence, cursing.

Movie NR 2019 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 9+

Very good not scary tho

I think it’s very interesting and it’s like a better version of the quit place
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age 14+

Pretty good

Movie isn’t scary, more of a thriller. The beginning is fine but part way through the movie there are more violent scenes, including one that alludes to intended rape.

This title has:

Too much violence
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (19):

While this movie is based on a 2015 novel, it's impossible to find fault with those who see the many similarities between this movie and 2017's A Quiet Place. The debatable timing of "who came first" makes The Silence a movie that cannot be dismissed as simply a "mockbuster." That said, on its own terms, The Silence is a decent slice of dystopian fare for the teen set. It's a little rough at times -- the CGI isn't the best, the movie's biggest antagonist isn't given enough time to fully develop into someone the audience can root against, and some of the tropes (the baby who can't be shushed, the dog who won't stop barking in a world where silence is the only way to survive) come off as more than a little stock -- but The Silence still manages to deliver a great deal of suspense, as well as a willingness to fully explore the large and small ramifications of the cataclysmic event in question.

Overall, the cast rescues a script that feels not quite there. As the father, Stanley Tucci strikes a nice balance between a loving parent and a guy trying to get in touch with his brave side. As the teen daughter, Kiernan Shipka doesn't limit or define her character as strictly being a deaf teen, but as a character who has spent and continues to spend her life adapting to daunting challenges. Overall, The Silence isn't a perfect movie, but it isn't boring either.

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