Dominik Moll never addresses Matthew Gregory Lewis's original groundbreaking ideas in The Monk, nor does he rework the material for a contemporary audience.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If you were hoping for a return to form for director Dominik Moll, your prayer has not been answered.
| Original Score: 2/5
A dull B-movie with ideas above its station.
I confess: I fast-forwarded through most of it.
Adaptation of gothic classic pleases the eye but ultimately disappoints.
Not bad for a robe-ripper along the lines of The Thorn Birds, but Diary of a Country Priest it ain't.
A rather dull offering - tasteful horror for the carriage trade.
A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Vincent Cassel does his utmost to make his character intense and compelling, but negligible character development means he fails to hold our interest.
If only director Dominik Moll (who has clearly studied his Luis Buñuel) had not staged this bitter psychological horror story at half speed.
The movie, though beautifully lit and full of atmosphere, fails to ignite, even when Geraldine Chaplin as a nasty mother superior is on screen.
All talk, no action, The Monk looks good but is weighed down by the Catholic guilt it's trying to critique.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
If it weren't for The Cabin in the Woods we'd call it the most disappointing denouement of the year.
| Original Score: 3/5
The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.
The kind of film that works its magic after you leave the cinema.
"The Monk" is, first and foremost, a classy B-movie, keen to offer Gothic atmosphere, nudity, and mild shocks.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's garish and crazy (and in French), so it's probably not for everyone. But I can't imagine anyone getting bored.
A strange morality drama with its own unique mood, The Monk comes defrocked of its own shock, demanding that viewers bring their own Satan.