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Hannibal (2001)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 163
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 100

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


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 22

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



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Based on the controversial sequel novel of the same name, Hannibal is the much-anticipated follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Anthony Hopkins returns as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, one of the world's most cunning and feared serial killers, who resurfaces after a decade in hiding to toy with FBI agent Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore). As Starling's career flounders thanks to a drug bust gone wrong, Lecter attempts to elude a greedy Italian police detective (Giancarlo


Mystery & Suspense, Drama


David Mamet, Steven Zaillian

Aug 21, 2001


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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (100) | DVD (42)

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

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Hannibal definitely grabs at the emotions, but not the one it's after. You come in hoping to have the wits scared out of you and leave with your temper barely in check.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Simply a fat slab of sadism.

February 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Slate
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Hopkins, who is electrifying in almost anything he does, reprises the mastery he brought to Silence of the Lambs. Even in a movie as patchworky as this, he's always compelling.

February 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original.

February 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Thoroughly distasteful. Not for kids.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (6)
Common Sense Media

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

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

September 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.

October 10, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Scott's elegant, shadowy atmosphere and deliberate pacing make the film a delightfully spooky experience.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

There are moments of a good movie buried amongst this over the top thriller. But these moments are all too rare.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Pork chops get even!

January 1, 2005 Full Review Source:

Hannibal doesn't grip the audience with the macabre wit and pervasive sense of impending evil of its predecessor

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Where the book kept you wondering and marvelling at the intricacies of the human mind and heart, the film has a sour, smart-alecky conclusion which highlights (what else?) the gore.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Perhaps Scott should have rented out Se7en before he yelled 'action' - the best horror is often what you don't see.

March 5, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Director Scott has used his considerable talent to dress up this film into an artful, visually impressive affair.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Minus all the mystique of Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal has a few interesting scenes, but fails in equal portion.

January 29, 2003
Cinema Sight

Hannibal is not quite what I'd call a 'good' movie, but it could so easily have been worse in countless ways that I'm more than satisfied by the way it turned out.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

Hannibal is a beautiful mess. Take your joys when you can because the well is often dry.

January 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Hot Button
Hot Button

More character study than thriller, it can stand on its own merits. It's probably not exactly what you wanted, but it just might be enough.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Fails to live up to the original: gorier, flashier, funnier, even -- but nowhere near as exciting.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

No wonder lesser minds hate this movie: it's radically different from Silence -- a bloody, suspense-driven, darkly comedic love story between good and evil, a florid, grandiose thriller manifesto on why polar extremes need each other to survive.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

Memo to Hollywood: If a little is good, more is not necessarily better.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

For all its blockbuster build-up, beneath the glitter Hannibal is just a big old barfbag full of stupid, steaming Hollywood spew.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Hannibal

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.
October 13, 2012
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.
September 7, 2012
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

I'm not a huge fan of filmmaker Ridley Scott. Of course, I've thoroughly enjoyed his perfectionist work with the sci-fi genre-but those classics only amount to three films, among the other seventeen he has directed. 2001 must have been the year Scott decided violence was the only valid answer for finishing a film. It was the year he directed BLACK HAWK DOWN, quite possibly one of the most ruthlessly violent and emotionlessly disgusting war movies ever made. That was in December. Let's skim back to February, the month that saw the release of his HANNIBAL. This sequel clearly wasn't just an intention to follow up THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, it's a celebration of the film's tenth anniversary. Unfortunately, it becomes more of a film that takes a rather different route than its unforgettable predecessor. Whereas Jonathan Demme built suspense in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by keeping everything truly horrifying just barely off screen, Ridley Scott wraps no restrictions whatsoever on our vision, leaving the limits at a human face being fed to dogs, the exposure of a human brain, and pretty much everything in between. We feel more repulsed than thrilled, and we begin to wonder why SILENCE is so controversial for "glorifying" serial killers, and this follow-up isn't.

read it all with some fava beans and a nice chianti at
August 6, 2012

Super Reviewer

Its really difficult to decide whether this is good or not. Personally, it was okay. Although it doesn't feature Jodie Foster reprising her role,Julianne Moore takes her place and portrays a different, but unique Clarice Starling. The violence does almost top 'Silence of the Lambs', but some of it seem reckless. Anthony Hopkins does return as his creepy and cannibalistic role. Its worth a look, but don't expect it to have the same scares and iconic moments from the 1991 masterpiece
June 27, 2012
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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    1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I mus't confess you, I'm giving very serious thought to eating your wife.
    – Submitted by Alejandro O (2 years ago)
    1. Mason Verger (uncredited): I have immunity from the Justice Department, and I have immunity from the Risen Jesus. And nobody beats the Riz!
    – Submitted by Joel L (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [in a letter to Clarice] Your job is to craft my doom, so I am not sure how well I should wish you. But I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun. Ta-ta, 'H.'
    – Submitted by Joel L (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Mason Verger doesn't want to kill me any more than I want to kill him. He just wants to see me suffer in some unimaginable way. He is rather twisted, you know.
    – Submitted by Joel L (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Bowels in or bowels out?
    – Submitted by Joel L (2 years ago)
    1. Clarice Starling: This is from the Guinness Book of World Records, congratulating me on being the female FBI Agent who has shot and killed the most people.
    – Submitted by Joel L (2 years ago)
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