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Hannibal (2001)



Critic Consensus: While superbly acted and stylishly filmed, Hannibal lacks the character interaction between the two leads which made the first movie so engrossing.

Movie Info

Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Europe, pursuing his own interests and savoring the scents and essences of an unguarded world. But, Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still haunts her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, as well, and is obsessed with revenge. Verger was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and though hideously disfigured, has survived to rule a vast financial empire. Verger soon realizes that in order to draw the doctor out into the open, he must use someone Lecter cannot resist as bait: Clarice Starling.more
Rating: R (for stong gruesome violence, some nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: David Mamet, Steven Zaillian
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
Box Office: $163.9M


Anthony Hopkins
as Hannibal Lecter
Julianne Moore
as Clarice Starling
Gary Oldman
as Mason Verger
Ray Liotta
as Paul Krendler
Giancarlo Giannini
as Rinaldo Pazzi
eljko Ivanek
as Dr. Cordell Doemling
Zeljko Ivanek
as Dr. Cordell Doemling
Hazelle Goodman
as Evelda Drumgo
David Andrews
as Clint Pearsall
Francesca Neri
as Allegra Pazzi
Francis Guinan
as FBI Director Noonan
James Opher
as FBI Agent Eldridge
Marco Greco
as Tommaso
Robert Rietti
as Sogliato
Terry Serpico
as Officer Bolton
Boyd Kestner
as Special Agent Burke
Peter Shaw
as Special Agent Brigha...
Kent Linville
as FBI Mail Boy
Don R. McManus
as Asst. Mayor Benny Ho...
Harold Ginn
as Larkin Wayne
Ted Koch
as BATF Agent Sneed
Aaron Craig Geller
as `Il Mostro' Detectiv...
Andrea Piedimonte
as Agent Benetti
Ian Iwataki
as Young Boy in Plane
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Critic Reviews for Hannibal

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (42)

The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Hannibal Lecter is the ostensible cannibal of this franchise, but the real cannibals are his creators. I wouldn't be surprised if the next time, they have him endorsing his favorite Chianti.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Thoroughly distasteful. Not for kids.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

Doesn't work as its own individual, self-contained cinematic entity.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009

A dark and complexly entertaining ride, highly generous to multiple viewings.

Full Review… | September 17, 2007

The near-impossible taks and insurmountable problems have been handled by Scott in a proficient if unexciting way. Aware that he can't possibly meet viewers' expectations, Scott has made a different film, more florid, baroque, and tongue-in-cheek.

Full Review… | October 10, 2006

Audience Reviews for Hannibal

It is a pity that the psychological richness of the previous film gives place to a bloated and not really engaging cat-and-mouse game that lacks that same chemistry between the two characters and has a rather frustrating ending, being only worth it because of Lecter.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Hannibal Lecter: On a similar note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.†

"Break The Silence"

This initially sounds like an amazing movie. Hannibal is another Hannibal Lector film with Ridley Scott at the helm, Hopkins as Hannibal, and Julianne Moore as Clarice. Gary Oldman even appears, more or less, as the only surviving victim of Lector's. It's not to say that I didn't get a fair amount of enjoyment from Scott's Hannibal, but I was unsatisfied nonetheless. I didn't necessarily expect a masterpiece, but I did expect a movie better than this one.†

Hannibal seemed incredibly goofy at times, while staying with the atmospheric seriousness of The Silence of the Lambs for the most part. Hans Zimmer delivers a great little score to bring out the tension that a movie with Lector in it deserves. That's one reason why I have a hard time totally dismissing this film. There was a relative amount of tension all the way through. It wasn't to the degree of Silence, but it was there.†

In this Hannibal tale, Hannibal is living in Italy as Clarice deals with problems after a drug raid goes haywire. Also Hannibal's only surviving victim has a plan up his sleeves if he can ever get at him. The FBI decides to put Clarice back on the Lector case. The plot was a little messy in this film and things mostly felt either rushed or entirely too slow.†

I realize I'm not talking this movie up much, but it at least deserves a look for Hopkins as Lector again. His performance isn't his Oscar winning one from Silence, but it's still good. Had he had a slightly less obvious, more subtle, and smarter script to work with; who knows what we'd be saying about Hopkins as it pertains to this movie. Too bad that isn't the case.†

As it is this was worthwhile film for me. I still enjoyed it despite its many, many faults and the fact that Ridley Scott didn't deliver what was expected. I can pretty much guarantee you will be disappointed in the outcome of this movie if you have seen Silence. If you haven't seen Silence, go watch it. That's a priority. Hannibal is just a shock hungry film that holds on to just enough of the originals formula to be a minor recommendation.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Hannibal Lecter has left the United States and began a new life posing as an art historian in Italy but when a local detective discovers his true identity he returns to old habits. Being a huge Ridley Scott fan I'm probably biased but I prefer this to the over-rated Silence of the Lambs. It reeks atmosphere and has a grand, almost operatic atmosphere that transcends its pulpy origins. I found Hopkins' more restrained and less glib performance more menacing and I also preferred Julianne Moore's Agent Starling with Ray Liotta's "typical sexist male" as the only weak link in an otherwise very well performed and intelligent Gothic horror show.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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