The Sound of Silence

critic Reviews

63% Fresh Tomatometer Score63%
  • The Sound of Silence occasionally struggles to control its tone and convey its message, but it benefits from compelling performances and intriguing ideas.
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    Rick KisonakSeven Days
    I can't recall seeing anything last year that approaches its canny psychological clout.
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    Robert DenersteinDenerstein Unleashed
    Like the sound of the tuning forks Peter uses, the drama in The Sound of Silence starts strong and then fades out.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    For two thirds of its running time The Sound of Silence tracks pretty well. But then the whole thing goes haywire, dipping into material that makes no sense thematically, emotionally or intellectually.
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    Kathy FennessySeattle Film Blog
    Sometimes you have to hit bottom to see your life clearly for the first time. It's a relatable (if somewhat clichéd) sentiment...
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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    Thanks in major part to the alternately witty and touching script and Sarsgaard's exceptional performance, Tyburski's refined exercise in sight and sound manipulation should find an appreciative audience, though perhaps a small one.
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    Richard von BusackMetroActive
    The Sound of Silence is a thoughtful film, though; Sarsgaard is convincingly enigmatic, and observe how good Jones is in this mode, in which her mirth is restrained to a bare minimum.
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    Brian OrndorfBlu-ray.com
    A movie built for Sarsgaard's specific way of acting, and he's strong here, presenting Tyburski with a subtle range of feelings to best support the modest but human goals of the feature.
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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    It is stunted and meandering, barely filling out its 85 minutes.
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    Oktay Ege KozakPaste Magazine
    While not quite a complete experience that sticks the landing, The Sound of Silence is nevertheless an impressive debut from a fresh new filmmaker.
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    Joseph DominguezFilm Inquiry
    There are beautiful qualities at work here, making for a sometimes poignant and harmonious film about the nature of sound and humanity.
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