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Black Death Reviews

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June 23, 2017
Black Death definitely isn't a rollicking, bloody good time, but it is a haunting study in the capacity for cruelty in people when they're scared, and the lingering effects that cruelty can have.
July 24, 2013
In Black Death, Christopher Smith effectively creates a creepy and unsettling atmosphere with great production values. He shows lots of potential as a director and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does next.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 22, 2013
Acts as if no one ever thought to make a movie about the bubonic plague before.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 2, 2012
It shows the worst things that people do to each other in the name of religion. This could have been more of a thought-provoking film, but it turns into a gore porn display.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 27, 2012
Bean owns this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 2, 2012
An entertaining, if by-the-numbers, entry to the sword-and-shield genre, Black Death features lots of blood, disease, and the seemingly requisite Sean Bean.
Full Review | Original Score: 60/100
December 18, 2011
A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 18, 2011
What could be more cheerful than a graphic bubonic plague picture?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 25, 2011
Smith isn't presenting a peace offering so much as a reminder of the ease with which we slip into violence.
August 30, 2011
Smith's excellent, tension-building style is complemented by powerful performances from broadsword specialist Bean and Redmayne
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 21, 2011
Black Death is the feel bad movie of the year, a film with an unrelentingly bleak view of humankind's barbaric nature and the notion that, no matter what your creed, violence only ever begets more violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
April 29, 2011
This movie had a lot of potential, but missed the mark for me, which is almost worse than a film being a complete waste of time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2011
This film bathes in bloody, brutal ambiguity, intelligently casting both Christians and pagans as murderous creeps in a way that looks back objectively at 14th century ignorance while shining an ugly, knowing light on contemporary religious arrogance, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 31, 2011
There are bright spots in this dark-ages movie
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2011
There's no glory for Black Death's mercenaries at the end of their journey, but for the audience there's a fascinating take on religion and morality that also features some pretty decent swordplay-and really, how much more can a movie offer?
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
March 25, 2011
By not rushing things, by keeping things moving at their own measured pace, Smith gives Poloni's screenplay a chance to breathe and evolve in a way it might not have been able to otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
Sean Bean completists and fans of neck-beards will no doubt enjoy, but overall Black Death an atmospheric but ultimately unaffecting exercise in medieval misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 15, 2011
Built on the fascinating premise that God is actually kind of an asshole
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 15, 2011
A tedious road trip movie early on turns into a more interesting battle of wills in the second half. Worth a viewing.
March 12, 2011
Atmospheric and initially intriguing, but often meandering and ultimately forgettable. It's deficient in enough scares, thrills and palpable tension to keep you thoroughly captivated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.521/10
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