The Look of Silence

Lists: Documentary, Historical

Brief Synopsis: "A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers."

Overall Ranking: 740 (Rank from 2014: # 35)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 50%
Regular 25%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch50 - Following 'The Act of Killing', 'The Look of Silence' fits squarely into the "Did Not Need To Be Made" category.
Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 1
Scary: 5
Rewatch: 2

People Involved

  • Adi Rukun (Himself, brother of murdered Ramli Rukun)
  • M.Y. Basrun (Himself, former commander of a civilian militia)
  • Amir Hasan (Himself, former leader of death squad (archive footage))
  • Inong (Himself, former leader the village death squad)
  • Kemat (Himself, survivor from Snake River massacre)
  • Joshua Oppenheimer (Himself (voice) (as Josh))
  • Amir Siahaan (Himself, former commander of Snake River death squads)
  • Ted Yates (Himself, reporter, NBC News (archive footage))
  • Joshua Oppenheimer (Director)