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The Monk Reviews

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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 8, 2013
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013
Siobhan Synnot

If you were hoping for a return to form for director Dominik Moll, your prayer has not been answered.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 23, 2012
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

A dull B-movie with ideas above its station.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

April 25, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Yahoo! Movies

March 26, 2013
Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
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Adaptation of gothic classic pleases the eye but ultimately disappoints.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 4, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

March 7, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

A rather dull offering - tasteful horror for the carriage trade.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

April 28, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 7, 2013
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

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 Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 7, 2013

This is London

The movie, though beautifully lit and full of atmosphere, fails to ignite, even when Geraldine Chaplin as a nasty mother superior is on screen.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2012


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

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

May 2, 2012
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

September 18, 2012
Tara Brady
Irish Times

If it weren't for The Cabin in the Woods we'd call it the most disappointing denouement of the year.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 27, 2012
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 5, 2013
Paul M. Bradshaw
Little White Lies

The kind of film that works its magic after you leave the cinema.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

April 26, 2012
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Monk" is, first and foremost, a classy B-movie, keen to offer Gothic atmosphere, nudity, and mild shocks.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 7, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 7, 2013
Anton Bitel

A strange morality drama with its own unique mood, The Monk comes defrocked of its own shock, demanding that viewers bring their own Satan.

Full Review Source: MovieScope

April 27, 2012
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