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...

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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...


By frankenfish666
It was utterly amazing, very good plotline, you actually feel sorry for Hannibal and wonderful acting on Gaspard Ulliel's part plus he is very handsome. Not cringeworthy gore but enough to show whats...

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By ZWhit
Not a must see. This can wait until rental....

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By hannibal_freak
Hannibal Rising was better than Hannibal (sequel to Silence of the Lambs). I thought the movie filled in a lot of blanks. I liked the story. By the way, it helps if you have an understanding of...

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By LadyChatterly
Overall this was quite well done and entertaining for those of us who are Hannibal Lechter groupies :-) However, having read the book before seeing the movie, I do believe the childhood information...

Raising Hannibal?

By idigemup
Definitely worth seeing. 2 hours flew by, leaving me wanting more. Although this was not quite the roller coaster Silence was, it was still better than subsequent attempts to capture the magic. ...

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

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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 Bloody prequel traces serial killer's origins.
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