The Quiet: Ari Briskman
Owen Gleiberman
August 23, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Quiet

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
92 minutes
Limited Release Date
08/25/06
performer
Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco
director
Jamie Babbit
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Abdi Nazemian, Micah Schraft
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a D

This dank and rhythmless ”psychological” potboiler was directed by Jamie Babbit, who made 2000’s But I’m a Cheerleader, and though she has shifted tones from shrill camp to moody angst in The Quiet, she still thinks in stereotypes so thin that they put you to sleep the moment they open their mouths. Elisha Cuthbert, who’s trying to be the Meryl Streep of Maxim bimbos, is the bitchy and privately troubled daddy’s-girl cheerleader, and Camilla Belle is the shrinking-violet deaf girl who stays with Cuthbert’s family and learns its dark (yawn) secret.

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