Black Death Reviews

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November 6, 2019
Black Death's Europe is one of dirt, blood, violence and mist.
May 7, 2019
A savage, genuine reflection of the Middle Ages, allowing for maximum nastiness and a few excitingly bloody moments.
February 16, 2019
Black Death has all the makings of a cult film -- if it gets an enduring following, it will be well-earned.
November 27, 2017
I'll wager grown-ups will be duly horrified by it. Not because of the gore -- although it does have a fair amount of that -- but because it takes you on a real journey into the heart of darkness, and you might not like what you find there.
June 24, 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.
June 22, 2013
Acts as if no one ever thought to make a movie about the bubonic plague before.
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.
January 27, 2012
Bean owns this movie.
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.
December 18, 2011
A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen.
November 18, 2011
What could be more cheerful than a graphic bubonic plague picture?
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
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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2011
There are bright spots in this dark-ages movie
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?
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.
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