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The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose) Reviews

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January 2, 2018
The film looks very nice and succeeds in creating an eerie atmosphere. Sean Connery delivers a good performance. However, it's impossible to translate Umberto Eco's amazing novel into a 2 hour movie, so it might be unfair to critizise the film for falling flat when it comes to its story.
November 30, 2017

Im not sure of the way the film was received around 30 years ago, but now, the film stands strong as a profound and intriguing tale that makes even the most bizarre and unexpected of places, a monestery, the perfect location for a murder mystery filled with themes that are surely hard to replicate in a modern film with such class.
November 16, 2017
The Name of the Rose has a weaker structure and slow pace, but memorable characters and a well told, intriguing story. It is a historical mystery that works mostly thanks to very strong acting across the board, great cinematography and particularly phenomenal sets that recreate the atmosphere and the mood of the medieval period remarkably well.
September 29, 2017
good medevil thriller done in an unusal setting
November 27, 2016
While Connery and Slater provide our eyes (and brains) to look into a world where power corrupts and mankind is in a state of physical and mental reduction, the film drags at a snail's pace with a climax that doesn't quite reach a satisfying payoff.
Otherwise, the film is well shot and it does create an atmosphere that is discomforting while emphasizing the harshest realities of the Middle Ages.
Worthy enough to see once.
November 21, 2016
Really awesome, literary and thought provoking movie with good acting and cinematography.
September 16, 2016
Another film were Sean Connery delivers a solid performance
August 17, 2016
Impeccable feature based on the novel with the same name, written by the Italian mastermind Umberto Eco. Set in the 12th century northern Italy, it's convertion to movie, is overall a giant challange. Though the surroundings and custumes/looks are truthfully geniune. The storyline do not either move, takenly apart from the original novel, and yet manages to keep the vision fully alive.
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.
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