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Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2007
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 26, 2002
Hannibal Lecter is the ostensible cannibal of this franchise, but the real cannibals are his creators. I wouldn't be surprised if the next time, they have him endorsing his favorite Chianti.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Hannibal definitely grabs at the emotions, but not the one it's after. You come in hoping to have the wits scared out of you and leave with your temper barely in check.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ebert & Roeper
February 15, 2001
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February 12, 2001
Simply a fat slab of sadism.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 9, 2001
Hopkins, who is electrifying in almost anything he does, reprises the mastery he brought to Silence of the Lambs. Even in a movie as patchworky as this, he's always compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 9, 2001
It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 9, 2001
Hannibal won't even be a footnote when the year's best movies are grabbing the ink in December.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 9, 2001
Bears many of the wounds of the book's confusion.
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 9, 2001
Isn't in the same class as the original, but as sequels go, it's no Porky's 2, either.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 9, 2001
There are disgusting movies that are worth seeing -- Silence of the Lambs, for one -- and others that are merely disgusting. Then there's Hannibal, which exists in its own category.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
February 9, 2001
Very likely the worst film of this year and quite possibly the next.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
February 9, 2001
Meandering, emotionally empty and thoroughly unsavory, it's not so much shocking as shockingly bad.
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 9, 2001
Not as good as you hoped, better than you feared.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 9, 2001
Silly though handsomely staged.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
February 9, 2001
Of the three films made from Thomas Harris' novels featuring the murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Ridley Scott's Hannibal is the least compelling or frightening.
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Liz Braun
Toronto Sun
February 9, 2001
If you regard Hannibal as a sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs, the only possible result is disappointment.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 9, 2001
Unsatisfying.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
February 9, 2001
It fails to create the deeply threatening vacuum that is the original's claim to enduring fame and resonance.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2001
The underlying story lacks the fascination of Silence of the Lambs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 9, 2001
Not only disgraces its predecessor, it abuses its audience -- first by boring it brainless, then by feeding it gore and calling it gourmet.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 9, 2001
A full-bore freak show, with the emphasis on bore.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 9, 2001
Hannibal is weak kin to its Oscar-winning forebear.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 9, 2001
It's best to just enjoy Hannibal for what it is: A decadent, elegant waltz about evil's seductive bloom.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
February 9, 2001
A good movie of its type.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
February 8, 2001
Hannibal is Godfather III-level slumming.
| Original Score: 50/100
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2001
A disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Film.com
February 8, 2001
Handsomely photographed.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
February 8, 2001
More complicated, more outrageous, less controlled in every way.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 2001
Ridley Scott ... casts a grisly fairy tale spell.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
February 8, 2001
Too half-baked for even a guy like Lecter to swallow.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 8, 2001
Not 'as good' as its predecessor. But the general public will find it more entertaining.
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February 8, 2001
If it hadn't been the sequel to one of the best films of its kind, Hannibal probably wouldn't rate a blue-plate special for America's cinematic appetite.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 8, 2001
Both spectacular and disappointing.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 8, 2001
Anthony Hopkins returns in silken, menacing form in the role that earned him an Oscar.
| Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 7, 2001
Not nearly as sardonic as it means to be, Hannibal seems inanely pleased with itself.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 7, 2001
Hannibal isn't a terrible movie, but it is a disappointment, and more than a small step down from the level of its predecessor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 6, 2001
Riveting suspense spiced with diabolical laughs and garnished with a sprig of kinky romance add up to the tastiest dish around.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 5, 2001
Corrosive and haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 5, 2001
Ultimately more shallow and crass at its heart than its predecessor, Hannibal is nevertheless tantalizing, engrossing and occasionally startling.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 5, 2001
An indifferently plotted, often banal police procedural that would never win a sizable audience without its pedigree.