Hannibal Reviews

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May 6, 2019
Scott does justice to The Silence of the Lambs and the character of Hannibal in general, even without a few key pieces, and despite toning Harris's novel down plenty.
May 6, 2019
Part of the appeal of the Hannibal Lecter novels and films is the complexity of the principal character, who is at once a reprehensible murderer and a moral force for justice.
March 6, 2018
Hannibal doesn't seem to be about anything but its own swank decadence. Hopkins, with his reedy voice and effete airs, is still quite delicious in the part that won him an Oscar. But 10 years later, Lecter has become more camp than terrifying.
February 5, 2018
No tension, no rhythm and no sense of purpose ... unless you count helping "Faces of Death" fans feel more evolved.
January 18, 2018
The story line of Hannibal is far less interesting than Silence of the Lambs and lacks the emotional subtlety of its predecessor. However, Hannibal is visually and aurally sumptuous, powered by Hans Zimmer's lovely score and brimming with flashy imagery.
December 15, 2010
Thoroughly distasteful. Not for kids.
February 11, 2009
Doesn't work as its own individual, self-contained cinematic entity.
September 17, 2007
A dark and complexly entertaining ride, highly generous to multiple viewings.
July 14, 2007
April 25, 2007
October 10, 2006
The near-impossible taks and insurmountable problems have been handled by Scott in a proficient if unexciting way. Aware that he can't possibly meet viewers' expectations, Scott has made a different film, more florid, baroque, and tongue-in-cheek.
May 26, 2006
Scott's elegant, shadowy atmosphere and deliberate pacing make the film a delightfully spooky experience.
February 9, 2006
The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance.
September 30, 2005
There are moments of a good movie buried amongst this over the top thriller. But these moments are all too rare.
January 1, 2005
Pork chops get even!
October 31, 2004
June 25, 2004
Hannibal doesn't grip the audience with the macabre wit and pervasive sense of impending evil of its predecessor
May 20, 2003
Where the book kept you wondering and marvelling at the intricacies of the human mind and heart, the film has a sour, smart-alecky conclusion which highlights (what else?) the gore.
March 5, 2003
Perhaps Scott should have rented out Se7en before he yelled 'action' - the best horror is often what you don't see.
February 8, 2003
Director Scott has used his considerable talent to dress up this film into an artful, visually impressive affair.
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