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Black Death Reviews

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March 12, 2011
"Going medieval" on your enemies isn't just a figure of speech in Christopher Smith's stylish spatter-horror exercise, which uses desperation-fueled religious fervor to interrogate the intersection of fear and faith.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 11, 2011
There's something here for just about everyone, or at least for everyone who looks back fondly on the similarly themed Wicker Man from 1973.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 11, 2011
Slams Christians against pagans with little love for either.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 11, 2011
Though deadly serious, Christopher Smith's European-made bubonic- plague melodrama provides good value with lots of blood and guts, as well as a solid cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
Early on "Black Death" falls victim to its own sluggish sickness, its narrative drive proving no match for the aggressively rotted pallor, dour acting and tiresomely handheld you-are-there aesthetics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 10, 2011
Smith effectively recreates the chaos of the medieval era, where the educated and ignorant alike make life-and-death decisions based on superstition.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 9, 2011
Smith keeps the fog, mist and rain machines working overtime, but to such little purpose that Black Death often looks like outtakes from Fiddler on the Roof.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 9, 2011
When your bubonic-plague movie manages to avoid the specter of Monty Python's Flying Circus ("Bring out'cha dead!"), it's definitely doing something right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 8, 2011
Religion and morality are both found wanting in this medieval horror-drama devoid of good guys.
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
March 8, 2011
The movie's real coup is in how it repeatedly shifts our allegiance from Christians to pagans, interrogating the unfathomably still-popular notion that barbarism is best countered with more of the same.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 9, 2010
This is bracing, often brutal stuff, set in a world where, as Ulric says, 'God has slipped over the horizon.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5