Black Death

2011

Black Death

Critics Consensus

Black Death delivers the fire and brimstone violence its subject matter warrants, while posing some interesting questions of faith and religion.

71%

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Total Count: 65

49%

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User Ratings: 19,671
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The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his band of mercenary soldiers to the marshland, but Osmund has other motives for leaving his monastery. Their journey to the village and events that unfold take them into the heart of darkness and to horrors that will put Osmund's faith in himself and his love for God to the ultimate test. -- (C) Magnolia Releasing

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All Critics (65) | Top Critics (14)

  • "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.

    Mar 12, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Slams Christians against pagans with little love for either.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Mar 11, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Smith effectively recreates the chaos of the medieval era, where the educated and ignorant alike make life-and-death decisions based on superstition.

    Mar 10, 2011 | Rating: B+

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
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Audience Reviews for Black Death

  • Jun 29, 2016
    Bleak, intelligent and highly thought-provoking, this unfairly neglected blend of medieval drama and horror should have gotten a lot more attention than it did. Full review on filmotrope. com
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2016
    A very gritty well told story that starts off good but soon loses its way and gets very religous and can be allot to take in at times, Sean Bean was great even though it looked like he came straight from filming Lord Of The Rings, Overall it's a good film just didn't know how to end it without it getting weird.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2013
    Solid movie, which though creepy, dark, and disturbing, is strangely uplifting at times. Really, this film is like a set of emotional peaks and valleys.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2013
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