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Hannibal (2001)



Critic Consensus: While superbly acted and stylishly filmed, Hannibal lacks the character interaction between the two leads which made the first movie so engrossing.

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Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Europe, pursuing his own interests and savoring the scents and essences of an unguarded world. But, Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still haunts her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, as well, and is obsessed with revenge. Verger was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and though hideously disfigured, has survived to rule a vast financial empire. Verger soon realizes that in order to draw the doctor out into the open, he must use someone Lecter cannot resist as bait: Clarice Starling.

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Anthony Hopkins
as Hannibal Lecter
Julianne Moore
as Clarice Starling
Gary Oldman
as Mason Verger
Ray Liotta
as Paul Krendler
Zeljko Ivanek
as Dr. Cordell Doemling
Giancarlo Giannini
as Rinaldo Pazzi
Hazelle Goodman
as Evelda Drumgo
David Andrews
as Clint Pearsall
Francesca Neri
as Allegra Pazzi
Francis Guinan
as FBI Director Noonan
James Opher
as FBI Agent Eldridge
Marco Greco
as Tommaso
Robert Rietti
as Sogliato
Terry Serpico
as Officer Bolton
Boyd Kestner
as Special Agent Burke
Peter Shaw
as Special Agent Brigham
Kent Linville
as FBI Mail Boy
Don R. McManus
as Asst. Mayor Benny Holcombe
Harold Ginn
as Larkin Wayne
Ted Koch
as BATF Agent Sneed
Aaron Craig Geller
as `Il Mostro' Detective
Andrea Piedimonte
as Agent Benetti
Ian Iwataki
as Young Boy in Plane
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Critic Reviews for Hannibal

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (44)

Hannibal doesn't seem to be about anything but its own swank decadence. Hopkins, with his reedy voice and effete airs, is still quite delicious in the part that won him an Oscar. But 10 years later, Lecter has become more camp than terrifying.

March 6, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

No tension, no rhythm and no sense of purpose ... unless you count helping "Faces of Death" fans feel more evolved.

February 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The story line of Hannibal is far less interesting than Silence of the Lambs and lacks the emotional subtlety of its predecessor. However, Hannibal is visually and aurally sumptuous, powered by Hans Zimmer's lovely score and brimming with flashy imagery.

January 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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.

September 26, 2002

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.

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hannibal

It is a pity that the psychological complexity of the previous film gives place to a bloated and not so engaging cat-and-mouse game that lacks the chemistry between the two characters and has a rather frustrating ending, being only worth it because of Lecter.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Minding his own business over in Florence, Italy, Dr. Lector soon finds his own fame intrusive to the type of quiet lifestyle he wishes. Hopkins obviously loves his doctor but is not really given enough to work with (lacking the presence of Buffalo Bill) other than a curious but very interesting relationship with Starling. Julianne Moore (despite my love affair with J. Foster) does well as our brave FBI agent. G. Oldman joins the cast for mere shock value.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Hannibal Lecter: On a similar note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.  "Break The Silence" This initially sounds like an amazing movie. Hannibal is another Hannibal Lector film with Ridley Scott at the helm, Hopkins as Hannibal, and Julianne Moore as Clarice. Gary Oldman even appears, more or less, as the only surviving victim of Lector's. It's not to say that I didn't get a fair amount of enjoyment from Scott's Hannibal, but I was unsatisfied nonetheless. I didn't necessarily expect a masterpiece, but I did expect a movie better than this one.  Hannibal seemed incredibly goofy at times, while staying with the atmospheric seriousness of The Silence of the Lambs for the most part. Hans Zimmer delivers a great little score to bring out the tension that a movie with Lector in it deserves. That's one reason why I have a hard time totally dismissing this film. There was a relative amount of tension all the way through. It wasn't to the degree of Silence, but it was there.  In this Hannibal tale, Hannibal is living in Italy as Clarice deals with problems after a drug raid goes haywire. Also Hannibal's only surviving victim has a plan up his sleeves if he can ever get at him. The FBI decides to put Clarice back on the Lector case. The plot was a little messy in this film and things mostly felt either rushed or entirely too slow.  I realize I'm not talking this movie up much, but it at least deserves a look for Hopkins as Lector again. His performance isn't his Oscar winning one from Silence, but it's still good. Had he had a slightly less obvious, more subtle, and smarter script to work with; who knows what we'd be saying about Hopkins as it pertains to this movie. Too bad that isn't the case.  As it is this was worthwhile film for me. I still enjoyed it despite its many, many faults and the fact that Ridley Scott didn't deliver what was expected. I can pretty much guarantee you will be disappointed in the outcome of this movie if you have seen Silence. If you haven't seen Silence, go watch it. That's a priority. Hannibal is just a shock hungry film that holds on to just enough of the originals formula to be a minor recommendation.

Melvin White
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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