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Curious filmgoers looking to get better acquainted with the silver screen's most notorious cannibalistic serial killer are sure to get their fair share of shocks and thrills as director Peter Webber teams with author Thomas Harris to explore the early life of well-read psychopath Hannibal Lecter. Based on author Harris' gruesome novel of the same name, Hannibal Rising travels back in time to World War II-era Lithuania, where an impressionable, well-to-do young boy named Hannibal (Gaspard Ulliel) was forced to watch helplessly as his family was massacred and his young sister suffered a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thomas Harris is now hoodwinked by his creation's faux pedigree. He's scripted him a ridiculously Eurotrashy upbringing, one so silly, it'll remind you of Dr. Evil's memory-tripping: "Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons...""
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"What this nasty, brutish movie left me feeling was ashamed to be American. First of all: As a folk archetype, a supervillain for our times, this is the best we can come up with? A vaguely Eurotrash schoolboy who eats people's cheeks?"
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Over twenty years after "Hannibal the Cannibal" made his film debut in Manhunter, the Dr. Lecter saga peters out with this misguided sequel."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"There are some pretty sadistic torture scenes for the gore hounds -- but ultimately this pointless prequel is about as thrilling as a wet towel."
‑ Gareth Shaw, thelondonpaper
"A ponderous, uninspired portrait of a serial-killer-in-the-making with Webber missing every opportunity to build suspense and deliver chills."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Hannibal Rising is basically a Steven Seagal vigilante movie with a hero who eats the people he kills. At least it's ecofriendly."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Tilting his elegantly aquiline features downward while hoisting one eyebrow over a dark orb, curling his lips with Grinchian deliberation, he seems to be determined to kill people on the strength of his cologne alone."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Un intento forzado por seguir explotando el personaje de Hannibal Lecter, vistosamente filmado y producido pero sin otra excusa argumental que intentar explicar lo inexplicable."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"The material knows it is a prequel, and acknowledges such with tactics that consist of taking viewers from beginning to end in the most straightforward way possible..."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"Uma ótima fotografia em serviço de um roteiro ridículo que se torna ainda mais patético em função do péssimo protagonista."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"In the finest tradition of TV newsmagazines, Hannibal Lecter's penchant for serial murder turns out to be the result of a traumatic childhood."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"If they were going to show how he got to be the brilliant, charming, exquisitely cultured, uh, vicious cannibal psychopath -- couldn't they have come up with something more interesting?"
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"o Webber mazi me ton aytokanibalisti Thomas Harris frontizoyn na makelepsoyn enan ap' toys pio eikonikoys haraktires tis mythologias toy tromoy toy aiona mas, kai na ton ypobibasoyn se enan akomi fonia mias opoiasdipote tyhaias slasher tainias, me proshim"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Hannibal Rising isn't much more than appetizer."
‑ Scott Collura, IGN Movies
"An origins movie that follows the serial killer's early years. As you might expect, those years didn't involve much time in a sandbox, unless of course Hannibal's spade was used as an instrument of death."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
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