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: 22 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  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. Jan 12, 2013
    9
    I like the fact that it was different from it's predecessor because that's what sequels are for, continuing the storyline and not showing theI like the fact that it was different from it's predecessor because that's what sequels are for, continuing the storyline and not showing the same stuff over and over again (like in the butterfly effect 1, 2 and 3). Expand
  3. Sep 15, 2015
    9
    This is such a good movie, whilst my favorite is still Silence Of The Lambs, this film still shines. Gary Oldman is amazing, essentiallyThis is such a good movie, whilst my favorite is still Silence Of The Lambs, this film still shines. Gary Oldman is amazing, essentially playing two roles and on the whole the film is quite disturbing for some viewers and the brain scene is quite uncomfortable to watch, but all in all it is a solid 9 out of 10 Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2012
    6
    After finally getting around to reading the book I was truly excited to see the film adaption of Hannibal. Unfortunately, I was prettyAfter finally getting around to reading the book I was truly excited to see the film adaption of Hannibal. Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed. One of the most intriguing and important features of the book was Lector's background, revealed through multiple flashbacks throughout the story. I see no logical reason for Ridley Scott and the screenwriters to cut out such an integral element. Anthony Hopkins second performance as Lector is just as focused and well-executed has his first, so full credit to him. Gary Oldman plays Mason Verger perfectly, and the rest of the supporting cast are also fine. Julianne Moore however, gave what in my opinion was the weakest and least charismatic performance of the entire cast. She's no substitute for the brilliant Jodie Foster, and it shows. Ridley Scott gives some stylish flair, with some impressive cinematography, but overall the film feels less focused and streamlined than Silence. Expand
  5. Sep 9, 2016
    6
    The brain scene is awful and disgusting. But Anthony Hopkins' terrific performance almost lifts it from the pits of mediocrity. Moore'sThe brain scene is awful and disgusting. But Anthony Hopkins' terrific performance almost lifts it from the pits of mediocrity. Moore's character sketch is very poor though. but her performance is very good. Not as suspenseful as The Silence of the Lambs but has more gruesome violence than it. Also, Oldman is good but is not recognisable. Expand
  6. Aug 30, 2013
    6
    It was not like the first and classic one. It is still watchable though and the fact that Hans Zimmer composed the soundrack of Hannibal makesIt was not like the first and classic one. It is still watchable though and the fact that Hans Zimmer composed the soundrack of Hannibal makes the movie better. Expand
  7. May 29, 2016
    3
    I always thought the Hannibal Lecter films were a bit exaggerated. But this film lacks any of the suspense of 'Silence' (which I also thoughtI always thought the Hannibal Lecter films were a bit exaggerated. But this film lacks any of the suspense of 'Silence' (which I also thought was overplayed) and is unnecessarily gruesome. The death scenes were violent purely for the sake of it, and the acting was bordering on hammy. I can't say much of this film. This is still an overrated film, even thought it already gave others mixed signals. Expand

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