The Monk (2013)

The Monk

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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: Dominik Moll, Matthew Lewis, Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Anne-Louise Trividic
In Theaters:
Box Office: $8.4k
Runtime:
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Cast


as Ambrosio

as The Debauchée

as Father Miguel

as Mother Superior

as Sister Agnès

as Brother Andrés
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Critic Reviews for 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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 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.

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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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