Black Death Reviews

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered
July 24, 2013
In Black Death, Christopher Smith effectively creates a creepy and unsettling atmosphere with great production values. He shows lots of potential as a director and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does next.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Acts as if no one ever thought to make a movie about the bubonic plague before.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 2, 2012
It shows the worst things that people do to each other in the name of religion. This could have been more of a thought-provoking film, but it turns into a gore porn display.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 27, 2012
Bean owns this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 2, 2012
An entertaining, if by-the-numbers, entry to the sword-and-shield genre, Black Death features lots of blood, disease, and the seemingly requisite Sean Bean.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
Matthew Sorrento
December 18, 2011
A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 18, 2011
What could be more cheerful than a graphic bubonic plague picture?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Nordine
Reverse Shot
October 25, 2011
Smith isn't presenting a peace offering so much as a reminder of the ease with which we slip into violence.
James Luxford
The National
August 30, 2011
Smith's excellent, tension-building style is complemented by powerful performances from broadsword specialist Bean and Redmayne
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Fibbs
June 21, 2011
Black Death is the feel bad movie of the year, a film with an unrelentingly bleak view of humankind's barbaric nature and the notion that, no matter what your creed, violence only ever begets more violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Grae Drake
April 29, 2011
This movie had a lot of potential, but missed the mark for me, which is almost worse than a film being a complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
This film bathes in bloody, brutal ambiguity, intelligently casting both Christians and pagans as murderous creeps in a way that looks back objectively at 14th century ignorance while shining an ugly, knowing light on contemporary religious arrogance, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 31, 2011
There are bright spots in this dark-ages movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
March 29, 2011
There's no glory for Black Death's mercenaries at the end of their journey, but for the audience there's a fascinating take on religion and morality that also features some pretty decent swordplay-and really, how much more can a movie offer?
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
Brian Juergens
March 18, 2011
Sean Bean completists and fans of neck-beards will no doubt enjoy, but overall Black Death an atmospheric but ultimately unaffecting exercise in medieval misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 15, 2011
Built on the fascinating premise that God is actually kind of an asshole
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 15, 2011
A tedious road trip movie early on turns into a more interesting battle of wills in the second half. Worth a viewing.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 12, 2011
Atmospheric and initially intriguing, but often meandering and ultimately forgettable. It's deficient in enough scares, thrills and palpable tension to keep you thoroughly captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.521/10
Top Critic
March 12, 2011
"Going medieval" on your enemies isn't just a figure of speech in Christopher Smith's stylish spatter-horror exercise, which uses desperation-fueled religious fervor to interrogate the intersection of fear and faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rob Vaux
March 11, 2011
It derives horrified fascination from its audience without ever smirking or looking down on us.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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