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Black Death Reviews

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 8/10

July 24, 2013
Will Leitch
Deadspin

Acts as if no one ever thought to make a movie about the bubonic plague before.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C

February 2, 2012
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Bean owns this movie.

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 27, 2012
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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 Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 60/100

January 2, 2012
Matthew Sorrento
IdentityTheory

A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen.

Full Review Source: IdentityTheory | Original Score: 4/10

December 18, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What could be more cheerful than a graphic bubonic plague picture?

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 18, 2011
James Luxford
The National

Smith's excellent, tension-building style is complemented by powerful performances from broadsword specialist Bean and Redmayne

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2011
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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 Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 6.5/10

June 21, 2011
Grae Drake
Movies.com

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2011
Dave White
Movies.com

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 Source: Movies.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2011
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

There are bright spots in this dark-ages movie

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 31, 2011
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.8/10

March 29, 2011
Brian Juergens
CampBlood.org

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 Source: CampBlood.org | Original Score: 5/10

March 18, 2011
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Built on the fascinating premise that God is actually kind of an asshole

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 15, 2011
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

A tedious road trip movie early on turns into a more interesting battle of wills in the second half. Worth a viewing.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

March 15, 2011
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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 Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 4.521/10

March 12, 2011
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
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"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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 7/10

March 12, 2011
Rob Vaux
Mania.com

It derives horrified fascination from its audience without ever smirking or looking down on us.

Full Review Source: Mania.com | Original Score: B+

March 11, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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There's something here for just about everyone, or at least for everyone who looks back fondly on the similarly themed Wicker Man from 1973.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

March 11, 2011
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