• Released
  • March 8, 2013
  • R , 1 hr 41 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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The Monk Synopsis
Ambrosio thinks he is above sin until Satan comes up with the ultimate temptation.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

An eccentric period melodrama with horror-flick overtones. Occasionally incoherent but never dull, the movie brims with weird imagery.
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Dominik Moll downplays the overtly scandalous nature of the story, at least for a while, with a leisurely pace heavy on imagery. He’s made...
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70

Village Voice

The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.
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60

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
It is not a story of great depth or passion, but there are intriguing and unsettling moments on its well-crafted surface.
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60

Total Film

Director Dominik Moll makes some odd style choices – like Looney Tunes-style ‘iris wipes’ – and it’s a while before Cassel fully embraces...
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60

Time Out New York

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The sense of old-school piety as lust under inhuman pressure is juicy and polished, if a little earnest about spiritual conflict and too...
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
An austere, cerebral reading of a book which is unfettered, blood-bolstered and wildly sensationalist — Lewis is the father of torture...
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Sheri Linden
Moll's restraint gives way to a tastefully overwrought checklist of Gothic imagery. In the cloistered shadows and the harsh Castilian sun,...
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

Ultimately the movie disappoints, falling between two stools and failing to convince either as spectacle or as a fable about religious...
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38

Slant Magazine

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Dominik Moll never addresses Matthew Gregory Lewis's original groundbreaking ideas in the film, nor does he rework the material for a...
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Rated R | For Brief Graphic Nudity, Violent Images and Some Sexuality