Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV

    Celebrity

      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      The Silence of the Lambs

      1991, Mystery & thriller/Crime, 1h 59m

      153 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

      What to know

      Critics Consensus

      Director Jonathan Demme's smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. Read critic reviews

      You might also like

      See More
      Mississippi Burning
      Seven
      China Moon
      Manhunter
      Frantic

      Where to watch The Silence of the Lambs

      Rent/buy Rent/buy Rent/buy

      Rent The Silence of the Lambs on Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, or buy it on Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV.

      Rate And Review

      User image

      Verified

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Rate this movie

        Oof, that was Rotten.

        Meh, it passed the time.

        It’s good – I’d recommend it.

        Awesome!

        So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

        What did you think of the movie? (optional)



      • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Step 2 of 2

        How did you buy your ticket?

        Let's get your review verified.

        • Fandango

        • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

        • Cinemark Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Regal Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Theater box office or somewhere else

        You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

      • User image

        Super Reviewer

        Rate this movie

        Oof, that was Rotten.

        Meh, it passed the time.

        It’s good – I’d recommend it.

        Awesome!

        So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

        What did you think of the movie? (optional)

      • How did you buy your ticket?

        • Fandango

        • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

        • Cinemark Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Regal Coming Soon

          We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

        • Theater box office or somewhere else

      The Silence of the Lambs  Photos

      A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs." A scene from the film "The Silence of the Lambs."

      Movie Info

      Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller, Crime, Drama

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jonathan Demme

      • Producer: Ronald M. Bozman, Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt

      • Writer: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $130.7M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Orion Pictures

      • Production Co: Orion Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo, Dolby SR, Surround

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Jodie Foster
      Anthony Hopkins
      Scott Glenn
      Ted Levine
      Anthony Heald
      Brooke Smith
      Diane Baker
      Kasi Lemmons
      Roger Corman
      George A. Romero
      Grace Blake
      Gary Goetzman
      Howard Shore
      Tak Fujimoto
      Craig McKay
      Kristi Zea
      Tim Galvin
      Karen O'Hara
      Colleen Atwood
      Alan D'Angerio
      Carl Fullerton
      Neal Martz
      Allen Weisinger

      News & Interviews for The Silence of the Lambs

      Critic Reviews for The Silence of the Lambs

      Audience Reviews for The Silence of the Lambs

      • Mar 13, 2021

        A masterpiece in crime-drama. The Hannibal Lecter character was ranked the number one movie villain of all-time by the American Film Institute and Clarice Starling the sixth best hero. Director Jonathan Demme 's handling of the material is flawless.

        Super Reviewer
      • Oct 24, 2016

        A rare treat of a film. A horror/thriller with the dramatic and psychological gravitas to stand among the greatest films ever made. The film takes big risks and manages to succeed on almost every front. A brilliant psychological film with simply superb performances. Hopkins nails the role of his lifetime. I have little doubt the film may have failed without his brilliant grasp and delivery on the character. Jodie Foster also does an impeccable job. She is an agent who gets little respect. Her angst, un-ease and the domineering way the men she interacts with treat her, adds a sense of dread and powerlessness that helps define the film. While Hopkins is a dominate force, it takes a very strong actor to be remembered in these scenes. Jodie Foster's timid, yet controlled and paradoxically brave, handling of her character was flawless at elevating the entire film. Buffalo Bill is also a solid creeper villain. One of the weaker parts of the film is the sort of absurd mechanics of the Dr's final scenes and Starling and Bill's final showdown. It is all a bit unbelievable, but thankfully you are too engrossed to really think about it. I think part of what makes the dread of the film so real is the relationship foil between Bill and Brooke Smith, as Catherine Martin, and Dr Lecter and Agent Starling. Buffalo Bill is crazy, barely controlled and despicable. He is free and preying on women. He has poor Ms Martin in a well tormenting her. Yet, we unmistakably feel that this caged man talking to Agent Starling is far more menacing, far more dangerous and terrifying. Agent Starling seems more at his mercy than Ms Martin is to Bill. This is truly the mark of profound evil. This masterful dynamic gives this film a lasting psychological power. Hopkins menace is not steeped in gore or terror but rare, profound authority. We fear the power of villains because they wield weapons, supernatural might or brutality. The good Dr commands our fear through sheer psychological influence. We are never sure what turn he might take, what we are sure of is that it is calculated, cold and there is nothing you can do about it.

        Shane S Super Reviewer
      • Sep 23, 2015

        Thrilling, thought provoking, well acted, well directed. Overall a great film

        Super Reviewer
      • Nov 24, 2014

        A stunning and scintillating thriller with remarkable characters portrayed larger than life by Foster and Hopkins.

        Super Reviewer

      Movie & TV guides

      View All