Hannibal

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  • Summary: Hannibal continues the story begun in "The Silence of the Lambs." Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Moore) interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is nowHannibal continues the story begun in "The Silence of the Lambs." Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling (Moore) interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Italy, gloriously at liberty in an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter -- his cold voice still haunts her dreams. (Universal Pictures) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
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    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    A banquet of creepy, gory or grotesque incidents is on display in Hannibal. but this superior sequel has romance in its dark heart.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    The continuing saga of one of contemporary literature and cinema's most fascinating villains, as played once again with exquisite taste and riveting force by Anthony Hopkins.
  3. Much of the action is as ponderous as it is predictable. Lector fans will get their fill, but be warned that the menu contains at least two scenes with over-the-top excesses that Hannibal himself might not want to swallow.
  4. Though the movie is clearly meant to work on its own, the relationship between Starling and Lecter plays best if you're familiar with "Lambs."
  5. Even by its own dark standards, the movie's conclusion is as dramatically dissatisfying as it is disturbing.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Hopkins' Hannibal is no longer mysterious, Clarice is no longer vulnerable, and the overextended Florence scenes dash any hopes of early momentum, even if Giancarlo Giannini is perfect as the cop.
  7. 0
    Hannibal, which is very likely the worst film of this year and quite possibly the next, achieves what no movie I can recall ever even attempting: It somehow manages to be both repugnant and boring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 43
  2. Negative: 1 out of 43
  1. Jan 4, 2011
    10
    Hopkins portrayal of Lecter was not like it's predecessor (Silence of the Lambs)...Making Hannibal feel more like a pompous old geezer with aHopkins portrayal of Lecter was not like it's predecessor (Silence of the Lambs)...Making Hannibal feel more like a pompous old geezer with a taste for hedonism and human flesh. Expand
  2. May 24, 2011
    10
    Make sure you finish your popcorn early when viewing Hannibal for the first time. While most of this film is based on suspense, there isMake sure you finish your popcorn early when viewing Hannibal for the first time. While most of this film is based on suspense, there is certainly plenty of gruesome horror by the end. Anthony Hopkins revisits his infamous role of Hannibal Lector in this disturbing sequel to Silence of the Lambs. Julianne Moore revises Jody Fosterâ Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    9
    "Hannibal" isn't as good as "Manhunter" or "The Silence of the Lambs", but it's still just as dark, shocking and intense as its predecessors."Hannibal" isn't as good as "Manhunter" or "The Silence of the Lambs", but it's still just as dark, shocking and intense as its predecessors. It's highly underrated, and I recommend it if you enjoy the other Hannibal films. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2013
    7
    The thing about Hannibal is that it was a good movie, but there was something just off about it. Anthony Hopkins was simply amazing as he isThe thing about Hannibal is that it was a good movie, but there was something just off about it. Anthony Hopkins was simply amazing as he is in most everything he does. The rest of the cast was equally as good, but the story was a bit odd. Out of the four Lecter movies, this is the one that doesn't really fit. I didn't like the whole overseas aspect, although the manhunt was good. Clarice Starling was a completely different character and it had nothing to do with that fact that another woman was playing her. Juliana Moore did a great job, but Starling, wasn't the same Starling we came to love in Silence of The Lambs. Overall I liked the movie and it had some great parts to it, especially the end, but my feeling is that something just wasn't right about it. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2014
    6
    Yes, we are undoubtedly missing Jodie Foster; nevertheless, Anthony Hopkins in his definitive role is back and just as brilliant. JulianneYes, we are undoubtedly missing Jodie Foster; nevertheless, Anthony Hopkins in his definitive role is back and just as brilliant. Julianne Moore takes her turn as Agent Starling and does a fine job of it. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2012
    6
    I like more if jodie foster was in this movie , julianne played Clarice badly and wasnt likeable like in the first movie , I understand thatI like more if jodie foster was in this movie , julianne played Clarice badly and wasnt likeable like in the first movie , I understand that Foster dropped out, but they shouldn't have made it without. Moore sucked at this role. Expand
  7. Oct 3, 2014
    4
    While Anthony Hopkins once again puts on a stellar performance, "Hannibal" unfortunately lacks the general character interaction that made theWhile Anthony Hopkins once again puts on a stellar performance, "Hannibal" unfortunately lacks the general character interaction that made the first film so good, and seems to focus solely on being more graphic. Expand

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