The Sound of Silence

critic Reviews

65% Fresh Tomatometer Score65%
  • 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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    G. Allen JohnsonSan Francisco Chronicle
    It is stunted and meandering, barely filling out its 85 minutes.
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    Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    Lucian is a man with a theory, desperate to extrapolate from what he knows is true to what it might imply, and if you've ever known such a man, you will likely appreciate Sarsgaard's performance
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    This is based on a short film and I wonder if it would have worked better as a short film, because it does feel very stretched out and elongated beyond what the central premise can sustain.
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    Glenn KennyRogerEbert.com
    [An] ambitious, tonally intriguing comedic drama...
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    Jocelyn NoveckAssociated Press
    There are moments in which the movie seems to veer decidedly toward self-knowing comedy but never quite gets there, and then turns so sad as to be tragic... The lead performances, though, are compelling - both intelligent and vulnerable.
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    Robert AbeleTheWrap
    Sarsgaard finds an almost sensual serenity in the everyday gravity of his assuredness, even as the film gingerly weaves both a pensive quality and a deadpan wit.
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    Catherine SpringerAwardsWatch
    In an age where so many things are overdone, overblown and overwrought, it's nice to have such a simple, quiet movie about a totally relatable and universal human experience.
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    Dennis SchwartzDennis Schwartz Movie Reviews
    The uniquely intellectual drama runs with a soulfully promising story as far as it can go before getting backed into a corner by a director who doesn't know how to handle it.
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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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