“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
Ridley Scott ... casts a grisly fairy tale spell.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Silly though handsomely staged.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
Hannibal won't even be a footnote when the year's best movies are grabbing the ink in December.
Mike Clark - USA Today
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.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
A good movie of its type.
Jay Carr - Boston Globe
Not nearly as sardonic as it means to be, Hannibal seems inanely pleased with itself.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Not 'as good' as its predecessor. But the general public will find it more entertaining.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Too half-baked for even a guy like Lecter to swallow.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
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.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
The underlying story lacks the fascination of Silence of the Lambs.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Both spectacular and disappointing.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
Hannibal is weak kin to its Oscar-winning forebear.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
It fails to create the deeply threatening vacuum that is the original's claim to enduring fame and resonance.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
Ultimately more shallow and crass at its heart than its predecessor, Hannibal is nevertheless tantalizing, engrossing and occasionally startling.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
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.
Jonathan Foreman - New York Post
Meandering, emotionally empty and thoroughly unsavory, it's not so much shocking as shockingly bad.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
Bears many of the wounds of the book's confusion.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
More complicated, more outrageous, less controlled in every way.
Robert Horton - Film.com
Moira MacDonald - Film.com
Hannibal definitely grabs at the emotions, but not the one it's after. You come in hoping to have the wits scared out of you and leave with your temper barely in check.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Very likely the worst film of this year and quite possibly the next.
Charles Taylor - Salon.com
Simply a fat slab of sadism.
David Edelstein - Slate
Hannibal isn't a terrible movie, but it is a disappointment, and more than a small step down from the level of its predecessor.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
An indifferently plotted, often banal police procedural that would never win a sizable audience without its pedigree.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Corrosive and haunting.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Riveting suspense spiced with diabolical laughs and garnished with a sprig of kinky romance add up to the tastiest dish around.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Thoroughly distasteful. Not for kids.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Doesn't work as its own individual, self-contained cinematic entity.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
A dark and complexly entertaining ride, highly generous to multiple viewings.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The near-impossible taks and insurmountable problems have been handled by Scott in a proficient if unexciting way. Aware that he can't possibly meet viewers' expectations, Scott has made a different film, more florid, baroque, and tongue-in-cheek.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Scott's elegant, shadowy atmosphere and deliberate pacing make the film a delightfully spooky experience.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
There are moments of a good movie buried amongst this over the top thriller. But these moments are all too rare.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Pork chops get even!
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
Hannibal doesn't grip the audience with the macabre wit and pervasive sense of impending evil of its predecessor
Judith Egerton - Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
Where the book kept you wondering and marvelling at the intricacies of the human mind and heart, the film has a sour, smart-alecky conclusion which highlights (what else?) the gore.
Jim Shelby - Palo Alto Weekly
There are several interludes here that rival anything found in Silence for pure adrenaline...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Perhaps Scott should have rented out Se7en before he yelled 'action' - the best horror is often what you don't see.
Harry Guerin - RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
Director Scott has used his considerable talent to dress up this film into an artful, visually impressive affair.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
Minus all the mystique of Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal has a few interesting scenes, but fails in equal portion.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Hannibal is not quite what I'd call a 'good' movie, but it could so easily have been worse in countless ways that I'm more than satisfied by the way it turned out.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Hannibal is a beautiful mess. Take your joys when you can because the well is often dry.
David Poland - Hot Button
Matthew Bond - Daily Mail [UK]
More character study than thriller, it can stand on its own merits. It's probably not exactly what you wanted, but it just might be enough.
Ron Wells - Film Threat
Fails to live up to the original: gorier, flashier, funnier, even -- but nowhere near as exciting.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
No wonder lesser minds hate this movie: it's radically different from Silence -- a bloody, suspense-driven, darkly comedic love story between good and evil, a florid, grandiose thriller manifesto on why polar extremes need each other to survive.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Memo to Hollywood: If a little is good, more is not necessarily better.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
For all its blockbuster build-up, beneath the glitter Hannibal is just a big old barfbag full of stupid, steaming Hollywood spew.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Oh, what a letdown! It's hard to believe how disappointing this film is.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Features gruesome scenes that go too far, even for a horror movie. And I missed Jodie Foster!
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Ridley Scott has taken the claustrophobic feeling of SOTL and made a big boring un-scary horror movie.
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
An amusing ride with the doctor is all you really get out of Hannibal, and not much else.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Silence of the Lambs" could terrify. "Hannibal" only disgusts.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
One of the greatest sequels in cinematic history.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
a bewildering collage of solid performances, moody visuals, horror movie hokum and gallows humor that ultimately threatens to undermine the whole project.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
At its supreme best, Hannibal is a voyage into the depths of existential horror.
Francesca Dinglasan - Boxoffice Magazine
Es un filme bastante bien logrado en todos sentidos sin llegar a lo excelso.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Lecter continua a ser uma figura fascinante...
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
As a straight-up sequel it fails to match the original in any way. As a spectacle...it works a little better.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
So many characters suffer such ghastly things, yet none of it seems to matter much.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
What can you say, but sometimes you try something new and it just doesn't taste right!
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
[Hannibal] has nothing to offer in terms of storytelling or, for the most part, originality.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
An excuse for all types of revolting and offensive gore.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
What really disturbed me was the lack of a satisfying third act.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Like many sequels, it's a slick, well-crafted film ... with no soul.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The weakness of Hannibal is not only its source material (Starling becomes a sniveling victim?!) but also in not reveling in the deliciousness that is Hannibal Lecter.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The movie lives on borrowed time, and for all the gorgeous scenery, the devilish wit, and the fine performances, the true power of its story has already come and gone.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
It's difficult to trace back to the exact moment when this project became not just a bad idea, but a really bad idea.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
It's like a fine gourmet meal that a diner has poured ketchup over for flavoring.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Hannibal announces fairly early on that it isn't going to be a worthy sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, proceeds as acceptable fluff, then plunges as low as possible to turn into an unwholesomely smarmy geek show.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
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.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Well-sustained tension throughout.
Michael Thomson - BBC
It is slick, souless, dull and repulsive -- a truly lethal combination.
Daniel Papkin - Movieline
It's still eating at me.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
...an intriguing, fresh, firm and attractive endeavor that neither tries to borrow nor duplicate the atmosphere of its predecessor.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Shows us that no matter how many right things we do, we'll eventually have to square off with the unappealing side of ourselves.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A loathsome, indefensible work.
Andrew Howe - eFilmCritic.com
Hannibal is a schizophrenic movie: on the one hand ... glossy and attractive, on the other, gruesome and difficult to watch.
Ted Murphy - Baseline.Hollywood.com
Anthony Hopkins plays the grim doctor here with Freddy Krueger relish, only occasionally nailing the speech patterns and attitude from the previous film, and the so-reliable Julianne Moore winds up being a poor surrogate for Foster's pluckiness.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Hannibal should make everyone involved ashamed.
David Forsmark - Credo
There are so many tactical errors in "Hannibal" that it's hard to know where to start.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The only thing scary about HANNIBAL is the fact that it's somehow managed to make $150 million at the box office so far.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
I felt that the film had earned its right to be brutal
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Un principio lento, un final decepcionante y una direccion irregular, hacen de Hannibal la cinta mas decepcionante en lo que va del ano
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Hannibal is arguably the most visually stunning movie in what could be a horror-movie franchise.
Ed Kelleher - Film Journal International
The pile of vomit left by a theater patron as they made a hasty exit was probably the best free publicity Ridley Scott's film could ever have hoped for.
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
it fully achieves neither the gripping, operatic tension of The Silence of the Lambs nor the darkly comedic effect for which the filmmakers were obviously striving.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
The film's success is due almost entirely to the scriptwriting team of David Mamet and Steven Zaillian, who smooth out the rougher edges of Thomas Harris' novel and actually improve the story.
Catharine Tunnacliffe - eye WEEKLY
It walks like Hannibal Lecter. It talks like Hannibal Lecter. But it sure doesn't taste like Hannibal Lecter.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Doesn't get under the skin as much as its predecessor, but still a crowd pleaser.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Promises go unfulfilled in favor of providing stylish thrills
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
... For the most part, the twists and turns... are neither creepy nor fascinating.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Ranging from laughable to just plain boring, Hannibal is toothless to the end.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
I was looking for interesting characters. What I found were caricatures instead, and a very expensive-looking slasher film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Just a geek show with delusions of grandeur.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
- Ebert & Roeper
Take away the blood-'n'-guts and the A-list actors, though, and Hannibal really has little to offer.
Rod Armstrong - Reel.com
Recommendable to fans of character-based 'thrillers' with a touch of the disgusting.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The ending screenwriters David Mamet and Steven Zaillian give us is ridiculous and shows they didn't read the book.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
Foster reportedly passed on the part because she didn't think the high blood level of the screenplay was worth her time. She was so right.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Like all [Scott's] films, Hannibal is distinctively photographed. But it's dramatically inert.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Hannibal doesn't disappoint.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
I didn't hate it, but I can't recommend it.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
Lecter is like an upscale Freddy Krueger, the monster turned into celebrity, romantic icon, and merchandise.
Cynthia Fuchs - Nitrate Online
Unlike Silence and Manhunter before it, there's nothing intelligent about Hannibal.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Hannibal Lecter and his nemesis here, Mason Verger, feel like predictable 'comic book' villains.
Greg Dean Schmitz - Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Some movies grow on you in time and others recede. The farther I get from Hannibal, the farther I'd like to be.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Isn't in the same class as the original, but as sequels go, it's no Porky's 2, either.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
The moody, dreamlike film by Ridley Scott lacks the impact of Jonathan Demme's Oscar-sweeping Silence of the Lambs, but perverse pleasures abound.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Surprisingly, by mid-film, Hannibal Lecter becomes a bore.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A full-bore freak show, with the emphasis on bore.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
There are disgusting movies that are worth seeing -- Silence of the Lambs, for one -- and others that are merely disgusting. Then there's Hannibal, which exists in its own category.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Not only disgraces its predecessor, it abuses its audience -- first by boring it brainless, then by feeding it gore and calling it gourmet.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
What is the point?
Jay Stone - Ottawa Citizen
We flinch, we cover our eyes. Mostly, we just retch.
Gary Mairs - culturevulture.net
As pointless an exercise in bloodletting.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Alexander Walker - This is London
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Slick, sophisticated and essentially soulless.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Hannibal, highly anticipated, is a choking good film, and to answer the burning question, yes, Julianne Moore manages the osmosis to Clarice Starling seamlessly.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Scott serves up a chilling banquet of stylish, hypnotic thrills that ultimately give way to a no-holds-barred visceral assault.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
Not as good as you hoped, better than you feared.
John Anderson - Newsday
The screenplay also plays to director Scott's worst instincts, as he throws in distracting quick-cut camera work and lets several scenes drag on for too long.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Hannibal is worth taking a bite of, but it's the equivalent of cinematic Chinese food -- two hours later, you'll want something more filling.
George Thomas - Beacon Journal
Like liver and brains, a little bit of Hannibal Lecter goes a long way. Put too much on your plate, and it's going to seem bland after a few bites.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
In 131 minutes, the film goes from stylish to ghoulish to foolish.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It's best to just enjoy Hannibal for what it is: A decadent, elegant waltz about evil's seductive bloom.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The following recipe for Hannibal can be found in the reheated leftovers chapter of 'The Hollywood Blockbuster Cookbook.'
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Not as good as the original, but pretty fine regardless.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
The Hamlet of Freddy Krueger movies.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
There's a good-faith effort here, even if it's not as delectable as Lambs.
- E! Online
Handsomely mounted but disappointing.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Hannibal has atmosphere, intellectualism and an impressive pedigree, but doesn't delve into its characters enough to do justice to its predecessor.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A film that grabs and throttles you as often as it leaves you far away and numb.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Based on an inferior source and, as an adaptation, more dutiful than inspired, it winds up being neither cinematic feast nor famine.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Hannibal, free to indulge his infamous appetite, has eaten himself.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
If you regard Hannibal as a sequel to The Silence Of The Lambs, the only possible result is disappointment.
Liz Braun - Toronto Sun
The lambs may be silent, but Hannibal Lecter is still thp-thp-thping.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Pales in comparison to and will forever reside in the shadow of its far superior predecessor, but is nevertheless better than many other entries in the genre.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Mark Freeman - Critical Eye
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.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Hannibal is more than just a disappointment. It is also a spoiler, possibly weakening the impact of Silence for its fans.
Andy Klein - New Times
Falls far short of creating the mesmerizing menace of its justly celebrated predecessor.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
As his immense popularity suggests, there is something about Lecter that appeals to 'us', there appears to be some level on which 'we' all wish we could be a little more like him.
Todd R. Ramlow - PopMatters
Hannibal is Godfather III-level slumming.
Kevin Maynard - Mr. Showbiz
But [Hopkin's] character -- which the original established as the epitome of pure sociopathic evil -- really has nowhere to go here but soft.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Anthony Hopkins returns in silken, menacing form in the role that earned him an Oscar.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Leaving the viewer looking for seconds.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Lacks the sense of sexy transgression that made the first film a hit.
Dave Kehr - Citysearch
Mildly interesting while mildly tedious.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
There's no actual suspense.
Dave White - IFilm
If it hadn't been the sequel to one of the best films of its kind, Hannibal probably wouldn't rate a blue-plate special for America's cinematic appetite.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The first film was clammy and vile, the new one has more pedantic manipulations.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Hannibal is a really good film, but it's nowhere near as earth-shattering as Lambs.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Instead of seasoning Harris' cannibalistic recipe with a few new, nasty flavors, perhaps Scott and his crew should have followed the example of master chefs everywhere and started from scratch.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
If you've got a strong stomach, you should see this.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A treat for the eyes and ears and, for some, its all too human flavor.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Director Ridley Scott and lead Hopkins have presented us with a buffet worth lingering over.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A figure to be remembered more for his overpowering determination than for his 'bad eating habits,' Hannibal has carved a niche in our brain.
Yazmin Ghonaim - Cinephiles
[Anthony Hopkins] exudes a scary integrity, augmented by director Ridley Scott's penchant for grisly, highly stylized pieces of violence that reach operatic extremes, even though the plot is a bit confusing.
Susan Granger - rec.arts.movies.reviews
You walk out of Hannibal a bit shocked and dazed, but ultimately unsatisfied. It's as if Scott served you an appetizer and a dessert, but forgot the entree.
Bob Bloom - rec.arts.movies.reviews