Black Death Reviews

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.
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?
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.
March 31, 2011
There are bright spots in this dark-ages movie
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.
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.
March 11, 2011
Commendable in not going overboard in facile plague SFX for its first half. However, the end is rushed and mortally deadened by badly written dialogue.
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.
Top Critic
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.
March 8, 2011
Religion and morality are both found wanting in this medieval horror-drama devoid of good guys.
July 6, 2010
It's a solemn affair, atmospherically staged on German locations, that aims for but does not achieve the Seventh Seal of approval.
July 6, 2010
Black Death is a nasty, brutish film that is far too long.
June 14, 2010
There are echoes of The Wicker Man in this supernatural tale but the storytelling is clunky and disjointed and Smith's fondness for tipsy, hand-held camerawork becomes extremely annoying.
June 11, 2010
There are some interesting ideas at play here and some well-timed twists, but it's not remotely scary at any point.
June 10, 2010
Dario Poloni's script pays tribute to Werner Herzog's Aguirre, Wrath Of God, and British cult films such as The Wicker Man, but fails to bind the ingredients into anything like a plausible or satisfactory narrative.
June 9, 2010
Having set his characters adrift in a world gone-to-hell, Smith proceeds to leave them (and us) hanging. The result is a brave, serious-minded but odd film that promises more than it delivers.
June 9, 2010
An encouraging set-up soon descends into a grubby muddle, leaving you wishing you were just rewatching The Name Of The Rose instead.