Tristan French’s review published on Letterboxd:
The Silence of the Lambs is often considered one of the best films of all time, and i would not disagree with that statement. It's an absolute masterpiece, and a perfect example on how a horror/psychological thriller should be made.
Hannibal Lector is one of the most iconic villains in cinema, and for good reason. While there are other films featuring Hannibal, this is by far his best appearance. Anthony Hopkins is absolutely incredible as Hannibal. He has a very menacing presence, yet he makes you care about the character, even though he's clearly evil. It's quite fascinating to watch. Hopkins completely transformed himself into Hannibal. While he doesn't have that much screen time, he is certainly the standout. I believe it's one of the greatest performances of all time! I also can't forget to mention Jodie Fosters incredible performance as Jodie Foster. While it's hard to beat Anthony Hopkins, she definitely held her own, and made quite the impression.
Clarece was also a very interesting character, and her relationship with Hannibal was fascinating! While Clarence was obviously terrified of Hannibal at first, she learns to understand him, and trust him to a certain degree. While Hannibal is pure evil, he takes a liking to Clarence and is able to connect with her.
The confrontations between the 2 characters are what separates Silence of the Lambs from other horror films. It doesn't rely on gore or jump scares. All the characters are well developed and fleshed out. While it's disturbing, there's a sense of humanity.
Overall, The Silence of the Lambs is not only one of the best Horror/thrillers, its also one of the best films ever made, period.