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...

Great show!

By cruiser man
Tells the beginning of Hannibal, and why he was "that way"...

Hannibal Setting

By BigAus
It's aweful. Don't bother going. Very predictable, no imagination....

Better than others but not the best

By 4Pike
Easily said that "Silence" is by far the best of all the films, but "Rising" does hold its own. Decent narrative development but the characters were a bit thinner than expected. All in all, worth...

Not Rising at all!!

By dannye1048
I'm usually a much kinder person to movies and theatre, but there was very little to be kind about with this film. First: The writing was aweful! Lines like "He's no longer that boy. . .. he's a...

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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By dollynmd
Within the first 15 minutes of the movie, both my husband &I looked at each other & put our thumbs down, we knew we were in for another lousy sequel to Silence of the Lambs. There was too much...

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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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