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While superbly acted and stylishly filmed, Hannibal lacks the character interaction between the two leads which made the first movie so engrossing. Read critic reviews

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Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) escaped from custody. The doctor is now at large in Europe. Mason Verger (Gary Oldman) remembers Lecter too, and is obsessed with revenge. Verger was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and though horribly disfigured, has survived. Verger realizes that to draw the doctor into the open, he must use someone as bait: Clarice Starling (Julianne Moore).

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Anthony Hopkins
Dr. Hannibal Lecter
Julianne Moore
Clarice Starling
Gary Oldman
Mason Verger
Ray Liotta
Paul Krendler
Zeljko Ivanek
Dr. Cordell Doemling
Hazelle Goodman
Evelda Drumgo
David Andrews
FBI Agent Pearsall
Thomas Harris
Writer (Novel)
Dino De Laurentiis
Executive Producer
Klaus Badelt
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Hans Zimmer
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John Mathieson
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Pietro Scalia
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  • Jun 10, 2020
    Certainly the weakest of the Anthony Hopkins Hannibal movies. Having read the books before I watched the movies, that actually does sort of track, as the first two books were better than the third. Even so, I actually think Hannibal does the worst job of adapting the source material too. Looks pretty good and there's quite the cast list (although I don't think many of them are exactly giving career-defining performances here), Julianne Moore is fine as Clarice Starling (although not as good as Jodie Foster), and the story isn't bad, but if I'm being honest, I typically give this one a skip whenever I'm revisiting the Lecter mythos.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2015
    Though way behind The Silence of the Lambs in terms of quality, Hannibal still surely is something. Thanks to Anthony Hopkins' flawless portrayal of Hannibal Lecter. Also, Julianne Moore did a pretty good job but I'd rather it was Jodie Foster. I'm sure I've seen this film before as I remember a handful of scenes but it was good seeing it again.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 13, 2012
    Hannibal Lecter: On a similar note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.  "Break The Silence" This initially sounds like an amazing movie. Hannibal is another Hannibal Lector film with Ridley Scott at the helm, Hopkins as Hannibal, and Julianne Moore as Clarice. Gary Oldman even appears, more or less, as the only surviving victim of Lector's. It's not to say that I didn't get a fair amount of enjoyment from Scott's Hannibal, but I was unsatisfied nonetheless. I didn't necessarily expect a masterpiece, but I did expect a movie better than this one.  Hannibal seemed incredibly goofy at times, while staying with the atmospheric seriousness of The Silence of the Lambs for the most part. Hans Zimmer delivers a great little score to bring out the tension that a movie with Lector in it deserves. That's one reason why I have a hard time totally dismissing this film. There was a relative amount of tension all the way through. It wasn't to the degree of Silence, but it was there.  In this Hannibal tale, Hannibal is living in Italy as Clarice deals with problems after a drug raid goes haywire. Also Hannibal's only surviving victim has a plan up his sleeves if he can ever get at him. The FBI decides to put Clarice back on the Lector case. The plot was a little messy in this film and things mostly felt either rushed or entirely too slow.  I realize I'm not talking this movie up much, but it at least deserves a look for Hopkins as Lector again. His performance isn't his Oscar winning one from Silence, but it's still good. Had he had a slightly less obvious, more subtle, and smarter script to work with; who knows what we'd be saying about Hopkins as it pertains to this movie. Too bad that isn't the case.  As it is this was worthwhile film for me. I still enjoyed it despite its many, many faults and the fact that Ridley Scott didn't deliver what was expected. I can pretty much guarantee you will be disappointed in the outcome of this movie if you have seen Silence. If you haven't seen Silence, go watch it. That's a priority. Hannibal is just a shock hungry film that holds on to just enough of the originals formula to be a minor recommendation.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2012
    Its really difficult to decide whether this is good or not. Personally, it was okay. Although it doesn't feature Jodie Foster reprising her role,Julianne Moore takes her place and portrays a different, but unique Clarice Starling. The violence does almost top 'Silence of the Lambs', but some of it seem reckless. Anthony Hopkins does return as his creepy and cannibalistic role. Its worth a look, but don't expect it to have the same scares and iconic moments from the 1991 masterpiece
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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