Black Death
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The year is 1348. Europe has fallen under the shadow of the Black Death. As the plague decimates all in its path, fear and superstition are rife. In this apocalyptic environment, the church is losing its grip on the people. There are rumors of a village, hidden in marshland that the plague cannot reach. There is even talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to bring the dead back to life. Ulric (Sean Bean), a fearsome knight, is charged by the church to investigate these rumors. He enlists the guidance of a novice monk, Osmund (Eddie Redmayne) to lead him and his band of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Going medieval" on your enemies isn't just a figure of speech in Christopher Smith's stylish spatter-horror exercise, which uses desperation-fueled religious fervor to interrogate the intersection of fear and faith."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Though deadly serious, Christopher Smith's European-made bubonic- plague melodrama provides good value with lots of blood and guts, as well as a solid cast."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"In Black Death, Christopher Smith effectively creates a creepy and unsettling atmosphere with great production values. He shows lots of potential as a director and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does next."
‑ Matt Joseph, We Got This Covered
"Bean owns this movie."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"What could be more cheerful than a graphic bubonic plague picture?"
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's something here for just about everyone, or at least for everyone who looks back fondly on the similarly themed Wicker Man from 1973."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Early on "Black Death" falls victim to its own sluggish sickness, its narrative drive proving no match for the aggressively rotted pallor, dour acting and tiresomely handheld you-are-there aesthetics."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Acts as if no one ever thought to make a movie about the bubonic plague before."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"An entertaining, if by-the-numbers, entry to the sword-and-shield genre, Black Death features lots of blood, disease, and the seemingly requisite Sean Bean."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Smith isn't presenting a peace offering so much as a reminder of the ease with which we slip into violence."
‑ Michael Nordine, Reverse Shot
"Slams Christians against pagans with little love for either."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Smith effectively recreates the chaos of the medieval era, where the educated and ignorant alike make life-and-death decisions based on superstition."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"It shows the worst things that people do to each other in the name of religion. This could have been more of a thought-provoking film, but it turns into a gore porn display."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A film without the ideas or guts to bring hell to life onscreen."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, IdentityTheory
"Smith's excellent, tension-building style is complemented by powerful performances from broadsword specialist Bean and Redmayne"
‑ James Luxford, The National
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