Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 30
  2. Negative: 14 out of 30
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    60
    This is essentially a by-the-numbers revenge film with some attempts at deeper characterization. The difference between this film and, say, "Batman Begins" is that Bruce Wayne, upon finding the tormentors of his youth, never tried to kill and eat them.
  2. 58
    It's a handsome film, but the pace is continually gummy and the set-ups stiff and artificial. Most crucially, nothing in it vanquishes the sensation that we're being sold something superfluous -- like a service contract for a carton of eggs.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    This upmarket slasher is a well-produced but slow-moving thriller that never quite roars to life.
  4. 50
    Most of the movie makes too much sense and is no fun at
  5. What Hannibal Rising is, mostly, is a hoot.
  6. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    50
    This comically fastidious telling of the Hannibal Lecter origin story completes the extreme makeover of grindhouse fare that "The Silence of the Lambs" started 15 years ago. Meaning: Respectable audiences who wouldn't be caught dead at a (sniff!) horror movie still want severed heads; they just want the bloody meal served on Royal Dalton china.
  7. Thomas Harris adapted his own bestseller and Peter Webber, who previously directed "Girl with a Pearl Earring," had the unenviable task of trying to give this glop, which is too gruesome to be campy, a high gloss. It should be called Man With a Severed Head.
  8. 42
    Director Peter Webber can't do much about what's missing from the story: a soul or a sense of purpose.
  9. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    40
    Gong Li is welcome as Hannibal's Japanese aunt-in-law/mentor, Gaspard Ulliel isn't a bad young Lecter and Webber's direction is intermittently classy -- but this is a footnote rather than a film.
  10. The movie streamlines much of Harris's book. It's a shame, because it results in the movie's fundamental flaw -- the one-dimensionality of Hannibal.
  11. 40
    Ulliel, the meek missing soldier in "A Very Long Engagement," makes such a tedious Lecter that this quickly becomes a chore, though Dominic West ("The Wire") is good as a French detective on the madman's trail.
  12. Hannibal Rising is basically a Steven Seagal vigilante movie with a hero who eats the people he kills. At least it's ecofriendly.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 85 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 31
  2. Negative: 13 out of 31
  1. ChristopherW.
    May 30, 2007
    3
    High production values and evocative imagery and photography aside, this film should never have been made. The entire captivating Hannibal High production values and evocative imagery and photography aside, this film should never have been made. The entire captivating Hannibal mythos is replaced by ennui and routine. It's just another gory slasher exploitation flick, nothing else. If you love gory slasher exploitation flicks, be my guest. Have at it! All others stay clear! Full Review »
  2. Sep 29, 2011
    4
    I thought about watching the whole Hannibal franchise. After watching "Hannibal Rising", I realized I should watch a different movie franchiseI thought about watching the whole Hannibal franchise. After watching "Hannibal Rising", I realized I should watch a different movie franchise that is NOT Hannibal. Full Review »
  3. SergioJ.
    Jun 1, 2007
    10
    I don't understand why this movie received very terrilbe reviews. It was one of the best recent movies I have viewed. Ive never seen the I don't understand why this movie received very terrilbe reviews. It was one of the best recent movies I have viewed. Ive never seen the other two in the Lecter series but this sure is good. Full Review »