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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63

Premiere

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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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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...
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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...
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25

Chicago Tribune

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

By glxy
so great...

Dissappointing

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...

Wow

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...

Must see

By Lovinonlyone
I have to say I Love all the Hannibal movies and this movie is what ties all of them together and I have to say the young actor did a splendid job..........

Hanibal Rising...

By agm1550
I really enjoyed the movie. It was a little bloody, but had a very good story line....

REALLY GOOD

By tiffanybryant22
i HAVE NOT SEEN ANY OF THE OTHER HANIBAL MOVIES COMPLEATLY. sO WHEN i SAW IT IT WAS TOTALLY INTENSE. iT MAKES ME WANT TO SEE THE OTHER HANIBAL MOVIES...

Strong grisly violent content

By otz7
that's what it says above. Made for unimaginitive teens to 20 somethings who love to watch gore. Start reading Edgar Allen Poe and experience real horror masterpieces rather then meat cleaver...

Amazing movie

By adam16f
The movie follows the book excellently. Hannibal is played out to the smallest detail, from the grins on his face to the way he acts in front of other people. With the great plot and great actors,...

Hannibal Rising Expectations

By corranthrn
As a Hannibal prequel, I was expecting something awesome, something that would build upon the franchise and backstory of one of the most interesting individuals in "history". What we got instead was...

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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 Iffy for 16+ Bloody prequel traces serial killer's origins.
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