75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Hannibal Rising isn't a classic, but it's entertaining and a surprisingly fitting addition to the franchise.
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63

Premiere

The story's beginning is in a rush to get to the the killings, which get more and more disgusting.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
It's a handsomely mounted but poky thriller undone by a fatally miscast lead.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
This strikes me as the final nail in the franchise's coffin. I can't name an actor who could have made young Lecter as interesting as the older one, but Ulliel does not come close.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What Hannibal Rising is, mostly, is a hoot.
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38

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Errors in logic will delight the attentive.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
For better and worse, the movie is more attractive and competently assembled than its schlock peers. That's refreshing, but it hardly excuses the appalling lack of suspense, intermittent tastelessness, or shockingly low camp quotient.
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25

Chicago Tribune

A sort-of combination of "Lambs," "Batman Begins" and "The Joy of Cooking," Hannibal Rising ostensibly dramatizes the atrocities that turned Hannibal Lecter from loving child to serial killer. But this film is larded up with so many food references that I'm undecided whether this story belongs in a film compendium or a recipe file.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Hannibal Rising reduces this great creature of the pop imagination to a Eurotrash Boy Scout throwing a homicidal snit fit.
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20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
It's all quite a mess, with awkward performances, worse dialogue and a painfully protracted running time conspiring against any chance of enjoyment, even in a so-bad-it's-good guilty pleasure way.
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35 out of 100
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