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The Monk

The Monk (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 13

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

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 5

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

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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

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

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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What repulsed Coleridge in the novel clearly amuses the French director Dominik Moll in his diverting if somewhat thin adaptation.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: 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.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is a fascinating character study about spirituality and religious responsibility that smartly doesn't take its more melodramatic elements very seriously.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

I confess: I fast-forwarded through most of it.

March 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies
Yahoo! Movies

Dominik Moll never addresses Matthew Gregory Lewis's original groundbreaking ideas in The Monk, nor does he rework the material for a contemporary audience.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Not to be mistaken for a serious treatment of religious fervor or clerical corruption, "The Monk" is instead a knowingly over-the-top bit of gothic nuttiness.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

It's garish and crazy (and in French), so it's probably not for everyone. But I can't imagine anyone getting bored.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Moll's careful direction ensures a balance of the supernatural and the temporal - Ambrosio could either be seen as a victim of demonic forces within his own monastery or the sole architect of his moral downfall.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Vincent Cassel does his utmost to make his character intense and compelling, but negligible character development means he fails to hold our interest.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

All talk, no action, The Monk looks good but is weighed down by the Catholic guilt it's trying to critique.

May 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Studded with lovely painterly images, but ends up feeling cramped and stagey.

April 30, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

The movie broods like nobody's business, setting us up for a temptingly black slab of cassocks-off ecclesiastical depravity.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.
February 26, 2013
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    1. Ambrosio: Instead of fleeing punishment, you should yearn for it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (38 days ago)
    1. Ambrosio: Each sinner sins in his own measure. God condemns them all.
    – Submitted by Frances H (38 days ago)
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