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All Critics (23)
| Top Critics (2)
| Fresh (17)
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| DVD (4)
Umberto Eco seems unduly dismissive of a film that had to excise his postmodern trappings and scholarly sidebars. But it hasn't just been stripped down to a tawdry whodunit. Here, albeit in a streamlined way, the whydunit matters as much, if not more.
...a misbegotten adaptation that rarely manages to justify its very existence.
For labyrinth-lovers...a thoughtful and entertaining murder mystery predicated on intellectual debate. [Blu-ray]
It's really a decent exploitation film disguised as a proper art film.
A great mystery until the end. Connery and Abraham throw sparks each time they meet.
the window dressing is not enough to buoy the principle acting
A spiritual thriller that holds up thanks to its rich themes and great acting
How you accept an English monk with a Scottish accent and the mind of a Sherlock Holmes is the question.
A well-played medieval murder mystery, featuring a lot of good-looking men with really bad haircuts.
Marvelous adaptation of a complex Umberto Eco novel. Christian Slater's first feature role.
This real monastery looks as if it were designed by the artist M. C. Escher.
One of my favorite films of all time! This little-known film features strong performances from Sean Connery, F. Murray Abraham and a strange and unsettling William Hickey. This is probably Christian Slater's first big role, in which there is some momentary full-frontal nudity. I read an article 20 years ago where Slater said he truly regretted exposing himself on film. Well, Mr. Slater -- I don't regret it!
In this adaptation of Umberto Eco's celebrated novel, Franciscan friar Sean Connery investigates a series of bizarre murders in a monastery in the 14th century. Aside from the rather unusual subject matter, this is a unique film in that it does not feature the usual starlets and pretty boy actors populating a glossy Hollywood-ized version of history; it actually looks and feels like a working Medieval abbey. And as such, the monks will win no beauty competitions! Most of them would look perfectly at home adorning the abbey walls with the rest of the gargoyles! This just adds to the already potent atmosphere, and in one of his best roles, Sean Connery commands the screen as well as the able supporting cast including the ever reliable Ron Perlman as the demented hunchback. The story explores the theme of religious intolerance and climate of hysteria in which a reasonable minded man of learning can find it impossible to function within; "justice" is doled out by self-appointed prophets who dare not be opposed on pain of death, and blind faith and superstition replace logic and reason. Let's face it, things haven't changed much over the centuries. Add some wonderfully literary and witty dialogue and fascinating historical insights, and you have a film that works both as an excellent adaptation and a satisfying murder mystery.
Great atmosphere and mood. An inspiration for Fincher's Alien 3.
This extremely atmospheric and engrossing story set in a 14th century monastery in Northern Italy is a murder mystery and commentary on medieval church and inquisition at the same time. It perfectly intertwines these two aspects of the plot, carried by an outstanding Sean Connery and the wonderfully odd faces of the monks he is encountering. Following his investigations of the murders is fun and spooky at the same time, James Horner's score makes sure of the latter. The second half may be a bit simplistic in its depiction of good and bad, but that doesn't lessen the deeply satisfying solution to the mystery.
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