Silence of the Lambs, The

Lists: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Psychological Thrillers, Academy Award Best Picture Winners - All Time, Best Picture Winners from the 1990s, AFI 100 (2007), Best Picture nominee 1990 to 1999, Classics

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 156 (Rank from 1991: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 77.78%
Regular 16.67%
Half-Popped 5.56%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Minnesota Man100 - Perfect
(full review)
Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews100
Darren of Movie Reviews 10198(full review)
David Baruffi97
Dan Fogarty - Fogs Movie Reviews95(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Colin Flanagan92.6 - Lets just say I would have put the lotion on the skin.
Comedy: 0
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 9
Thomas Pollock90
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less90(full review)
Gorgon Reviews88
Bryan Lienesch87 - It's rare that a thriller is, at the same time, both genuinely creepy and compelling. Ultimately, that's what makes The Silence of the Lambs special.
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 7
Dave Examines Movies87(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest85Comedy: 1
Sex Appeal: 0
Scary: 6
Rewatch: 5
Sean Kelly80(full review)
Morgan On Media80(full review)
Jay of Life Vs Film80(full review)
Annwyn S50

People Involved

  • Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Hannibal Lecter)
  • Anthony Heald (Dr. Frederick Chilton)
  • Scott Glenn (Jack Crawford)
  • Ted Levine (Jame Gumb, "Buffalo Bill")
  • Frankie Faison (Barney Matthews)
  • Kasi Lemmons (Ardelia Mapp)
  • Brooke Smith (Catherine Martin)
  • Don Brockett (Friendly Psychopath in Cell)
  • Chuck Aber (Agent Terry)
  • Tracey Walter (Lamar)
  • Obba Babatund√© (TV Anchorman)
  • Diane Baker (Senator Ruth Martin)
  • Roger Corman (FBI Director Hayden Burke)
  • Charles Napier (Lt. Boyle)
  • Brent Hinkley (Officer Murray)
  • David Early (Spooked Memphis Cop)
  • Chris Isaak (SWAT Commander)
  • Daniel von Bargen (SWAT Communicator)
  • John Hall (State Trooper)
  • George A. Romero (FBI Agent in Memphis)
  • Ted Monte (FBI Agent)
  • Jonathan Demme (Director)

  • Podcasts

  • Best Film Ever presents Episode 57 - Silence Of The Lambs