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Le moine (The Monk) Reviews

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Tina Hassannia
Slant Magazine
March 8, 2013
Dominik Moll never addresses Matthew Gregory Lewis's original groundbreaking ideas in The Monk, nor does he rework the material for a contemporary audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 7, 2013
By the end, "The Monk" has revealed itself to be a too- predictable potboiler, served piping hot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Siobhan Synnot
April 23, 2012
If you were hoping for a return to form for director Dominik Moll, your prayer has not been answered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
April 25, 2012
A dull B-movie with ideas above its station.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Yahoo! Movies
March 26, 2013
I confess: I fast-forwarded through most of it.
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Bernard Besserglik
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2013
Adaptation of gothic classic pleases the eye but ultimately disappoints.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2013
Not bad for a robe-ripper along the lines of The Thorn Birds, but Diary of a Country Priest it ain't.
Philip French
Observer (UK)
April 28, 2012
A rather dull offering - tasteful horror for the carriage trade.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
March 7, 2013
A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
May 3, 2012
Vincent Cassel does his utmost to make his character intense and compelling, but negligible character development means he fails to hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 7, 2013
If only director Dominik Moll (who has clearly studied his Luis Bu˝uel) had not staged this bitter psychological horror story at half speed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

London Evening Standard
April 27, 2012
The movie, though beautifully lit and full of atmosphere, fails to ignite, even when Geraldine Chaplin as a nasty mother superior is on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 2, 2012
All talk, no action, The Monk looks good but is weighed down by the Catholic guilt it's trying to critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire
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
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
March 5, 2013
The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.
Paul M. Bradshaw
Little White Lies
April 26, 2012
The kind of film that works its magic after you leave the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
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.
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