Le moine (The Monk) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Le moine (The Monk) Reviews

Page 1 of 2
March 29, 2013
This is a fascinating character study about spirituality and religious responsibility that smartly doesn't take its more melodramatic elements very seriously.
March 7, 2013
What repulsed Coleridge in the novel clearly amuses the French director Dominik Moll in his diverting if somewhat thin adaptation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 7, 2013
Not to be mistaken for a serious treatment of religious fervor or clerical corruption, "The Monk" is instead a knowingly over-the-top bit of gothic nuttiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 7, 2013
A beautiful-looking film that portends disaster. And disaster arrives, eventually. It just takes its time getting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 7, 2013
It's garish and crazy (and in French), so it's probably not for everyone. But I can't imagine anyone getting bored.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 7, 2013
"The Monk" is, first and foremost, a classy B-movie, keen to offer Gothic atmosphere, nudity, and mild shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 5, 2013
There's always room for another adaptation of Matthew Lewis's 1795 scandal-igniting ur-Gothic novel, and this lavish French turn positively seethes with the strain of Christian sex-dread and debauchery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2013
The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.
September 18, 2012
Moll's careful direction ensures a balance of the supernatural and the temporal - Ambrosio could either be seen as a victim of demonic forces within his own monastery or the sole architect of his moral downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2012
Studded with lovely painterly images, but ends up feeling cramped and stagey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 28, 2012
The movie broods like nobody's business, setting us up for a temptingly black slab of cassocks-off ecclesiastical depravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2012
If it weren't for The Cabin in the Woods we'd call it the most disappointing denouement of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2012
A strange morality drama with its own unique mood, The Monk comes defrocked of its own shock, demanding that viewers bring their own Satan.
April 26, 2012
It is not a story of great depth or passion, but there are intriguing and unsettling moments on its well-crafted surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2012
It's a silly film - 1970s soft-porny - but not without a certain ominousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2012
The kind of film that works its magic after you leave the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2012
Cassel is well cast as the virtuous priest and director Dominik Moll resists the temptation to ramp up the action, preferring to keep the devil's work insidious and quietly all-consuming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 25, 2012
Beautifully shot and superbly acted, this is an enjoyably dark Gothic romp, but it ultimately lacks any real emotional substance thanks to an abridged script that strips out both the novel's complexity and its more outlandish excesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 24, 2012
The photography and design are high points, with a night-time religious procession that is very freaky indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2012
It's interesting and unsettling, with a charismatic lead performance, but nowhere near as shocking as it should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Page 1 of 2