Hopkins, who is electrifying in almost anything he does, reprises the mastery he brought to Silence of the Lambs. Even in a movie as patchworky as this, he's always compelling.
Hannibal Lecter is the ostensible cannibal of this franchise, but the real cannibals are his creators. I wouldn't be surprised if the next time, they have him endorsing his favorite Chianti.
Of the three films made from Thomas Harris' novels featuring the murderous psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Ridley Scott's Hannibal is the least compelling or frightening.