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March 12, 2019
Anthony Hopkins really shines in this role. "Hannibal" is a very unique experience. "The Silence of the Lambs" seemed more energetic, but "Hannibal" is more of an internal experience. Certain moments will be difficult to overlook,and at times this movie is more horrific than the previous. I love Julianne Moore, but her Clarice was written as a much more silent character. "Hannibal" is a fantastic sequel and a really good horror movie, but unfortunately I've watched the masterpiece that is the television series and nothing can compare to its artistry.
½ March 10, 2019
Some parts are too hard to watch
½ March 3, 2019
A great movie, without ´┐ 1/2clich├¬´┐ 1/2┬?!
January 28, 2019
What a disappointment. Bad prosthetics like Jim Carey in the Grinch. A joke from the first 1 min, don't waste 2.2 hrs of your life on this stinker. Jody Foster did the right thing turning this down. Unbelieveable, dumb & crappy, your average high school student could have done a better job on this turd.
January 13, 2019
meeeh. lacks the realism of the first movie. over the top and b-movie quality pig-scene. sorry ridley, i love you ... but this was filmed in a hurry, i guess. moore is a miscast.
October 24, 2018
Stylish sequel to the classic "Silence of the Lambs" that doesn't quite equal it but remains a lot of fun. Anthony Hopkins is perfection, as usual, as the title character, while Julianne Moore ably steps into the role of Clarice Starling. They get plenty of support from the rest of the cast, most notably from Gary Oldman in a strangely unaccredited role as Mason Verger, a villain who is actually creepier than Hannibal. Scott's direction delivers plenty of atmosphere, particularly the first half set in Florence (the perfect city for Hannibal to inhabit) but the story falls apart a bit in the second half, though finally picks in the the macabre dinner scene. Not a classic but an enjoyable (if twisted film) nevertheless.
October 21, 2018
That brain eating part...... Damn, it is genius.
Not the perfect actress.
October 13, 2018
Anthony Hopkins reprises his Oscar-winning role as the notorious Hannibal Lecter, now on the loose in Europe and the target of a manhunt by FBI agent Clarice Starling (here played by Julianne Moore)--as well as by one of his mutilated former victims. While 'Hannibal' turns in some decent performances and action sequences, it severely lacks the chemistry between Clarice and Hannibal which made the first film so enjoyable.
September 26, 2018
Bad story, silly even. Really people? The cast should've revolted at this script. Ray Liotta wasn't very good either in his role but seeing the plot of what he had to work with, I get it. I think he's not bad, Goodfella's was his best. I also read Hopkins regretted doing the sequels.
½ September 3, 2018
So tense that it has you on edge even hours after you have finished watching it. (First viewing - Summer 2006)
½ August 8, 2018
While Jodie Foster is missed in this sequel, it doesn't disappoint.
May 14, 2018
while it doesn't really stand on it's own, and it's fluid direction from Scott stands in contrast to the straight ahead approach of "Lambs" Demme, "Hannibal" grows on you. It's flawed, but it never tries to be anything greater than it is.
April 24, 2018
A beautiful movie, I've seen this movie at least 15 times and it is still enjoyable. The scenes shot in Italy with the architecture and Vergers huge mansion with the long driveway are examples of how visually stunning this movie is.
And one thing I appreciate is the fact that there is a bit of gore.
The plot is great. Bravo to the actors who portrayed the very interesting characters. And top it off with a very satisfying ending. A+
½ March 25, 2018
It's interesting to see a film where the powers-that-be in Hollywood took a look at a film -- "The Silence Of The Lambs" -- upgraded the writing and directing team -- Jonathan Demme for Ridley Scott and both David Mamet and Steven Zaillian for Ted Tally -- for the sequel, and then ultimately ended up with an inferior product; "Hannibal." Honestly, this might've just skirted by the societal stain of being one of the most disappointing sequels of all time. To take a Best Picture winning film that's so highly regarded for being one of the most intense, intriguing, and high-stakes thrillers of all time, and then follow it up with something so sluggishly paced, plain, and languid ought to be thrown more shade. Still, the tone and air of everything present helps give the audience just enough to stay in their seats. Shout-out to some really creepy score work from Hans Zimmer and a really brilliant set of opening credits.
½ February 28, 2018
Whilst not terrible, Julianne Moore is given a thankless task in replacing Jodie Foster and the movie as a whole just seems a lot sillier and less believable. Watchable but not up to the standard of Silence of the Lambs.
February 20, 2018
***
This is a really difficult movie to review. Objectively, Ridley Scott's 'Hannibal' has some huge problems. It's overlong, it drags at points and there are some ridiculous moments thrown in throughout. The biggest issue, however, is the character of Clarice Sterling, played magnificently by Jodie Foster in 'The Silence of the Lambs'. Here, it's not just that Julianne Moore can't match her performance, but the character itself just isn't really the same. You never get a sense of Clarice as a person, and as a result I could never get invested when she was on screen. This stands out in particular, because it was one of, if not THE, defining feature of the previous movie. This, in my opinion, is the movie's biggest downfall.

However, all that being said, there are some terrific aspects to 'Hannibal'. In terms of creating a tone, a mood - an atmosphere - this film succeeds with flying colours. It also manages to set a completely different tone to 'Silence', which was good, as it would have been very easy to try and copy that films success. Scott does make this movie his own, and whether it's Hannibal's scenes at the opera, or his 'dinner party' with Clarice at the end, there are some truly memorable moments littered throughout. Anthony Hopkins, this time featuring much more heavily, also shines. Whilst one feels his role was better suited to that of a supporting character, I truly think Scott and his team did the best they could with this particular plot-line. The film is typically well-made, and you are left with the eerie, lasting impact of what you've watched when the credits role.

So, even despite this movie's blatant flaws, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It may be far from perfect, but you can't deny that it leaves you with a unique, memorable feeling. Impressive and flawed all at once.
½ January 29, 2018
A Disturbing Obsession, Or Love Story? With A Cannibal?? You Gotta Be Pretty Desperate. How'd He Even Escape His Original Capture!? The Music Was Nice, The Company Wasn't, All Too Murky & Morbid.
January 6, 2018
Julianne Moore did poor acting. Totally lacked the intensity and suspense from the first movie.
December 27, 2017
No disrespect to Moore but Foster is a big miss. Surprise decision for Scott to opt for grotesquely staging most scenes when his less is more approach on Alien would have been better.
A poor adaption of the book in the end and a forgettable movie.
December 5, 2017
The same way in which films are rated against the first release, try just judging a film on its own merits, this one is really quite good
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