Le moine (The Monk) (2013)

Le moine (The Monk)



Critic Consensus: Visually sharp but only occasionally gripping, The Monk is still watchable thanks in part to Vincent Cassel's charismatic performance.

Movie Info

A supernatural thriller adapted from Matthew G. Lewis' (now cult) 1796 gothic novel, THE MONK traces the corruption of a 16th Century, pious Capuchin Monk. Abandoned at birth at the gates of a Capuchin monastery in Madrid, Brother Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel), raised by the friars, grows up into a preacher admired far and wide for his fervor. Ambrosio is feared for his righteousness and believes he is immune from temptation - until the arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Matthew Lewis, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Dominik Moll, Anne-Louise Trividic
In Theaters:
Box Office: $8.4k
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as Capucin Ambrosio

as Le débauché

as Père Miguel

as L'abbesse

as Soeur Agnès

as Frère Andrés
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Critic Reviews for Le moine (The Monk)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What repulsed Coleridge in the novel clearly amuses the French director Dominik Moll in his diverting if somewhat thin adaptation.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Seattle Times
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If only director Dominik Moll (who has clearly studied his Luis Buñuel) had not staged this bitter psychological horror story at half speed.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A beautiful-looking film that portends disaster. And disaster arrives, eventually. It just takes its time getting there.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Arizona Republic
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Not bad for a robe-ripper along the lines of The Thorn Birds, but Diary of a Country Priest it ain't.

Full Review… | March 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Le moine (The Monk)

Can someone please tell me what this Movie actually was all about? Honestly I really didnt catch a thing. Was it a drama? A Horror? A Moral thing? Oh well I didnt bother to go on watching after 30 minutes.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


In "The Monk," Ambrosio(Vincent Cassel) is dropped off as a baby on the steps of a monastery in Spain. Even as he grows, he shows no signs of wanting to live in the outside world, continuing his studies to the point where he becomes one of the order. Eventually, he comes to lead the order, with people coming from all over to hear his sermons. His duties also include leaving a wayward nun to her unpleasant fate and taking in a young man who wears a mask to hide his scarred features.

Consider the lurid and gothic source material for this adaptation of "The Monk," it is strange that the film makers decided to go for as straight an approach as possible which only results in a flat and unimaginative movie. They might have had the right idea by casting Vincent Cassel in the lead, if you do not consider that he is the last actor imaginable for a character that could best be called holier than thou. That's not to mention the movie's slack pacing, especially as it involves a key subplot being introduced much too early.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Dominik Moll's French film "Le Monde" uses classic art house filmmaking that is a nuanced and haunting vision to the gothic novel featuring a strong performace by Vincent Cassels. If it had been told even more in depth to develop a character study, this might have been a step closer to being a classic.

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