The underlying story lacks the fascination of Silence of the Lambs.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Hannibal isn't a terrible movie, but it is a disappointment, and more than a small step down from the level of its predecessor.
There are moments of a good movie buried amongst this over the top thriller. But these moments are all too rare.
| Original Score: 1/4
The following recipe for Hannibal can be found in the reheated leftovers chapter of 'The Hollywood Blockbuster Cookbook.'
An indifferently plotted, often banal police procedural that would never win a sizable audience without its pedigree.
| Original Score: 5/10
Like liver and brains, a little bit of Hannibal Lecter goes a long way. Put too much on your plate, and it's going to seem bland after a few bites.
| Original Score: C+
The ending screenwriters David Mamet and Steven Zaillian give us is ridiculous and shows they didn't read the book.
The movie lives on borrowed time, and for all the gorgeous scenery, the devilish wit, and the fine performances, the true power of its story has already come and gone.
| Original Score: C
Like all [Scott's] films, Hannibal is distinctively photographed. But it's dramatically inert.
| Original Score: 2/5
Thoroughly distasteful. Not for kids.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Hamlet of Freddy Krueger movies.
Unlike Silence and Manhunter before it, there's nothing intelligent about Hannibal.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Silence of the Lambs" could terrify. "Hannibal" only disgusts.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
You walk out of Hannibal a bit shocked and dazed, but ultimately unsatisfied. It's as if Scott served you an appetizer and a dessert, but forgot the entree.
Leaving the viewer looking for seconds.
As pointless an exercise in bloodletting.
Hannibal has atmosphere, intellectualism and an impressive pedigree, but doesn't delve into its characters enough to do justice to its predecessor.
Promises go unfulfilled in favor of providing stylish thrills
Hannibal is a schizophrenic movie: on the one hand ... glossy and attractive, on the other, gruesome and difficult to watch.
| Original Score: 3/5