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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    Jonathan RomneyFilm Comment Magazine
    ..."The Sound of Silence" is a modest, contemplative study of ideas that itself exemplifies those ideas in its design, not least its sound design; it embodies a conceptual rumination.
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    Robert HortonHeraldNet (Everett, WA)
    A major co-star is the sound design, which, fittingly enough, tends to sound like a comforting blanket of white noise.
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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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    Travis HopsonPunch Drunk Critics
    Despite a pair of strong performance and one of the year's most unique high-concept ideas, The Sound of Silence fails to resonate.
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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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    Mark JacksonEpoch Times
    Our environment reflects us, which includes the soundscapes we live in. Food for thought.
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    Neely SwansonEasy Reader (California)
    It might have been effective as a short film.
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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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