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Super Reviewer
½ July 14, 2016
Perfectly adequate Sherlockian monk film.
½ July 11, 2016
Watched this on 11/7/16
A film that remains sharp as an effective commentry on the religious madness of the medieval ages and it is equally intelligent, thrilling plus you also get Sean Connery in the middle of it all. Christian Slater chews the scenary for most of the time. It is tense, but not in the way most thrillers are, it is tense because of the society in which it occurs and the film leaves nothing unturned while trying to portray it on screen. Annaud directs effectively and the cinematography is an advantage.
½ May 24, 2016
This was a good movie, but not one to be watched more than once. Think of it as Sherlock Holmes as a monk in medieval Europe. I learned a lot about the historical period from the movie, and the various monastic orders from my friend who had read the book the movie is based on. Sean Connery and Ron Perlman did a great job in their acting roles.
½ April 30, 2016
A fantastic religious murder mystery, that follows intelligent reasoning to solve gruesome crimes in an age without reason.
Super Reviewer
February 22, 2016
Jean-Jacques Annaud's provocative, fascinating medieval murder mystery which is brilliantly adapted from the late great Umberto Eco's best-selling novel. Sir Sean Connery delivers a masterful performance as the wily Brother William of Baskerville, a Franciscan noncomformist Monk of great intellect and dignity, Connery lends his commanding presence and his great voice to this compelling role which is one of the finest performances of his legendary career, he along with his novice Adso, played by young Christian Slater in a impressive performance, arrive at the secluded mountain top 14th century Benedictine Abbey for a religious conference, but soon after a series of mysterious murders begin, where all the victims have blackened fingers and blackened tongues, many of the monks fear it is the work of the devil or the coming of the apocalypse. Aldo is approaching his sexual and intellectual awakening, he is the narrator of the film who expresses bafflement at the deadly mystery at the ancient Abbey, and is at awe of Brother William's deductive powers. Brother William who has a great penchant for sleuthing is asked to investigate these strange killings, but nothing is what it seems to be. Astute direction by Jecques Annud who does an amazing job of transporting us back to a primitive dark time in the world, where fear and primal emotions rule. This moody epic thriller was actual filmed at a 12th century monastery. There are tremendous supporting performances by F. Murray Abraham, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., the late William Hickey, Michael Lonsdale, Ron Perlman, and the beautiful Valentina Vargas, who has a very memorable sexual seduction scene with Christain Slater that is very hot indeed. Magnificent cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli and a haunting score by the late great James Horner. An atmospheric and engrossing motion picture. Highly Recommended
January 4, 2016
great classic movie,
and a wonderful great actor
November 2, 2015
This has a charming intellect to it that was refreshing to see. However, this movie did have it's pacing problems. At least we get a great performance from Sean Connery, who is by far the saving grace of the film.
½ July 24, 2015
An interesting Murder-Mystery film taking place in the 14th Century where Sean Connery and Christian Slater attempt to solve the sudden deaths of each monk as the days go by. And an unlikable antagonist played well by F. Murray Abraham gives the potential to steal the show.
June 12, 2015
Tan Fascinante como la novela, todo un clasico que no cansa revisar y disfrutar una y otra vez.
June 9, 2015
Saw this as a child and it left an impression. Made me understand that there was a past and I was lucky to not live through it. Anyway, this is a solid film, meandering but also intelligent and moving.
April 23, 2015
"How peaceful life would be without love, Adso, how safe, how tranquil, and how dull."
½ April 15, 2015
In all aspects a classic among classic thriller. Film making at it's best in all departments. A masterpiece. Portraits of leading characters will resonate whenever we see another movie with contrasts.
January 15, 2015
pretty old movie, still very relavant in the current state of affairs...
why they fear laughter? -whether it is pk or cartoons ?
"coz...laughter kills fear.And without fear, there can be no faith.
and without fear of the devil,there is no more need of God !"
- that is what the crazy so called "apostles of god" belives !
December 8, 2014
A series of dark and mysterious deaths , set in an ecclesiastical castle achieves a medieval atmosphere .
December 8, 2014
A strong, quality entry into the medieval period set movies, with more than a touch of exploitation fun added into the mix to spice things up a little. Sean Connery is on decent form as one of the very few likeable characters, while a very young looking Christian Slater is fine as the apprentice monk. The best aspect by far though is the bleak, cold, and impressive looking setting which incorporates an actual Italian fortress, and some of the location work and cinematography is very good. Above all else this is a murder mystery, and because of the setting it makes for a quite unique and interesting watch. And despite the pace overall being a touch too slack, this is still a fine, slightly obscure watch.
½ September 9, 2014
An interesting enough murder mystery that doesn't quite take off in terms of an edge of your seat plot. Where this movie pleases is in its almost art house like feeling.
½ August 9, 2014
A brilliant, poignant tale of the import of knowledge and the power of repression. As a medieval thriller, The Name of the Rose is absolutely first rate, and should appeal to all mystery film buffs, whether they've read Eco's book or not. Connery convinces in his cassock and, though the themes will not capture everyone's interest, this is a refreshing, inventive whodunit. Connery and Slater both do admirable jobs here as detectives in the mold of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, although Slater seems to play his character in an almost constant state of confusion. F. Murray Abraham, meanwhile, is second-billed in what amounts to little more than a cameo as the grand Inquisitor, who's called in as the deaths pile up and the monastery hosts an important theological conference. Ron Pearlman is phenomenal in early career turn as manic hunchback. Annaud is also sly enough to keep the grip of belief front and centre, keenly creating one of the most original whodunits of recent years out of one of those so-called "unfilmmable" books. Annaud does not shy away from extreme gore, horror makeup and a vivid sex scene between Slater and Valentina Vargas. The whodunit is also well-constructed, engaging and, better yet, makes complete sense.

VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)
½ May 16, 2014
A bit hard going in parts but worth it, Good who done it
April 26, 2014
Sean Connery plays a Franciscan monk who favours reason over blind faith, called to investigate mysterious deaths at a secluded abbey. Then 15yr old Christian Slater is his young apprentice, impressionable, but learning at his master's side. This is a dark film, based on Eco's novel, a thriller/murder mystery set sort of like a much darker Cadfael. Look for Ron Perlman in a small role, and F. Murray Abraham as the nemesis of Connery's William. The whole thing was shot at an actual monastery at Eberbach, Germany.
This film marked a sort of late career revival for Connery, as he won the Best Actor at the British Academy Awards for his role. Interesting, worth a watch.
February 8, 2014
When I was little, I watched this movie over and over. Just watched it again and I really like it, but wonder how I could like it so much as a kid. It's pretty dark and horrible. I still love mysteries, period movies and everything about organized religion still makes me completely frustrated. Maybe I was the same back then.
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