Hannibal Rising Synopsis
The story of Hannibal Lecter's formative years in the aftermath of World War II.
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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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The story's beginning is in a rush to get to the the killings, which get more and more disgusting.
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TV Guide

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

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

By Lawrence Toppman
Errors in logic will delight the attentive.
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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...
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Chicago Tribune

A sort-of combination of "Lambs," "Batman Begins" and "The Joy of Cooking," Hannibal Rising ostensibly dramatizes the atrocities that...
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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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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...
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so good

By glxy
so great...


By nfgrockerdude
The movie is, by the title, the rise of Hannibal Lecter. This movie shows how he came to be a serial killer and where he got his taste for human flesh. I was really looking towards the film because...


By LecterFan1
I must say i was terrified to watch this movie, fearing it would destroy the series i love so much. My mistake as i finally watched it and freakin' LOVED it. The actor play Lecter was AMAZING in...

Hannibal Rising

By Aleux
I loved this movie , it isn't as well-rounded as silence of the lambs , red dragon , or hannibal , but is well worth seeing . I simply adore Gaspard's facial expressions and emotions while preforming...

Maybe the best of the series!

By punishertristanfox
Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie and you are a fan of the Hannibal series you must see it! I certainly was as skeptical as anyone as to how they would handle the back story of one of the...

Hannibal Rising the movie vs. the book

By christimovies
I was really worried when I heard that they were going to make a movie based on the book. I expected it to be messed up severly. I was pleasantly surprised. The storyline stayed true to the book...

hannibal rising

By tam chau
Absolute must see. One of the best movie I have seen in awhile. The characters are very strong. The acting is superb. Much better than the last Hannibal movie (Red Dragon)....

Sequel still falls short

By mlnwright
So we get the backstory on Hannibal Lecter's childhood and young adult years. What we don't get is a screenplay and cast that meets the standard set by Silence of the Lambs. Perhaps this is an unfair...

Sort of Creepy

By mylena76
It was a so - so movie, a bit over the top, but worth watching....

Loved It!

By jeffericka4themovies
I loved the story of Hannibal. Getting the background and the twists and turns of his childhood up to adulthood was interesting. I have seen all of the other movies but have never read the books. ...

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Rated R | For strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Bloody prequel traces serial killer's origins.
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