Orion Pictures Corporation | Release Date: February 13, 1991 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
85
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Universal acclaim based on 19 Critic Reviews
Positive:
17
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100
San Francisco ChronicleJudy Stone
The interplay between Starling and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power. [14 February 1991, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
100
A movie with this kind of haunting power comes along only once every decade or so. [20 February 1991, Life, p.11D]
100
Hopkins' insinuating performance puts him right up there with the screen's great bogymen. [13 February 1991, Calendar, p.F-1}
90
All sorts of macabre things have gone on, and are still going on just offscreen, in Jonahan Demme's swift, witty new suspence thriller.[14 February 1991]
70
Demme's pacing is tight throughout, marred only by some low-angle close-ups of the cannibal that are right out of old Vincent Price thrillers. [Feb 18, 1991]
50
Billed as one of the most frightening, depraved films ever made. Would that it were so. Instead, this is a case of much ado about nothing. [15 February 1991, Friday, p.C]