The Monk Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
March 29, 2013
This is a fascinating character study about spirituality and religious responsibility that smartly doesn't take its more melodramatic elements very seriously.
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
March 26, 2013
I confess: I fast-forwarded through most of it.
Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
March 8, 2013
Dominik Moll never addresses Matthew Gregory Lewis's original groundbreaking ideas in The Monk, nor does he rework the material for a contemporary audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 7, 2013
What repulsed Coleridge in the novel clearly amuses the French director Dominik Moll in his diverting if somewhat thin adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 7, 2013
By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 7, 2013
If only director Dominik Moll (who has clearly studied his Luis Bu˝uel) had not staged this bitter psychological horror story at half speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
March 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 7, 2013
A beautiful-looking film that portends disaster. And disaster arrives, eventually. It just takes its time getting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2013
Not bad for a robe-ripper along the lines of The Thorn Birds, but Diary of a Country Priest it ain't.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 7, 2013
It's garish and crazy (and in French), so it's probably not for everyone. But I can't imagine anyone getting bored.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
March 7, 2013
"The Monk" is, first and foremost, a classy B-movie, keen to offer Gothic atmosphere, nudity, and mild shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
March 5, 2013
There's always room for another adaptation of Matthew Lewis's 1795 scandal-igniting ur-Gothic novel, and this lavish French turn positively seethes with the strain of Christian sex-dread and debauchery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 5, 2013
The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.
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Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2013
Adaptation of gothic classic pleases the eye but ultimately disappoints.
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire
September 18, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 3, 2012
Vincent Cassel does his utmost to make his character intense and compelling, but negligible character development means he fails to hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
May 2, 2012
All talk, no action, The Monk looks good but is weighed down by the Catholic guilt it's trying to critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Osmond
SFX Magazine
April 30, 2012
Studded with lovely painterly images, but ends up feeling cramped and stagey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 28, 2012
The movie broods like nobody's business, setting us up for a temptingly black slab of cassocks-off ecclesiastical depravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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