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The Silence of the Lambs

Thriller . Drama . Crime

FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.

Actors: Lawrence A. Bonney , Tracey Walter , Frankie Faison , Lawrence T. Wrentz , Kasi Lemmons , Diane Baker , Brooke Smith , Anthony Heald , Ted Levine , Scott Glenn , Anthony Hopkins , Jodie Foster
Directors: Jonathan Demme
Country: USA
Release: 1991-02-14
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  • Peter Travers

    The superbly crafted suspense thriller…slams you like a sudden blast of bone-chilling, pulse-pounding terror.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Staff [not credited]

    A mesmerizing thriller that will grip audiences from first scene to last.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rita Kempley

    Delicious with foreboding, a masterly suspense thriller that toys with our anticipation like a well-fed cat.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jean Oppenheimer

    Though the film's subject matter is grisly, the electricity between Foster and Hopkins during their prison tête-à-têtes could power every maximum-security prison in this country.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Staff [not credited]

    Hopkins plays the cannibalistic doctor with a quiet, controlled erudition, lacing his performance with moments of black humor. His Lecter is a sort of satanic Sherlock Holmes whose spasms of violence are all the more terrifying because they erupt from beneath such an intelligent and refined mask.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    A smart, restrained entertainment, it doesn't splash around in blood and hysteria. It doesn't have to.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    At long, long last: the real thing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It has been a good long while since I have felt the presence of Evil so manifestly demonstrated as in the first appearance of Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Chilling and creepy, and there's no denying that the most celebrated aspect of the film -- the Clarice/Hannibal connection -- could not have been accomplished with greater skill.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    An accomplished, effective, grisly, and exceptionally sick slasher film that I can't with any conscience recommend, because the purposes to which it places its considerable ingenuity are ultimately rather foul.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jay Scott

    The plot is squeezed dry in this bloody Valentine from Hollywood and becomes annoyingly predictable. Thriller stumbles on its own success

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Judy Stone

    The interplay between Starling and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power. [14 February 1991, Daily Notebook, p.E1]

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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