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Ten years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, ten years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Europe, pursuing his own interests and savoring the scents and essences of an unguarded world. But, Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still haunts her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, as well, and is obsessed with revenge. Verger was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and though hideously disfigured,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The weight-watchers script sensibly dispenses with several characters to serve a brew that's enjoyably spicy but low on substance."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Simply a fat slab of sadism."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Thoroughly distasteful. Not for kids."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The near-impossible taks and insurmountable problems have been handled by Scott in a proficient if unexciting way. Aware that he can't possibly meet viewers' expectations, Scott has made a different film, more florid, baroque, and tongue-in-cheek."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Pork chops get even!"
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, StaciWilson.com
"Hannibal Lecter is the ostensible cannibal of this franchise, but the real cannibals are his creators. I wouldn't be surprised if the next time, they have him endorsing his favorite Chianti."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Hopkins, who is electrifying in almost anything he does, reprises the mastery he brought to Silence of the Lambs. Even in a movie as patchworky as this, he's always compelling."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Doesn't work as its own individual, self-contained cinematic entity."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Scott's elegant, shadowy atmosphere and deliberate pacing make the film a delightfully spooky experience."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hannibal doesn't grip the audience with the macabre wit and pervasive sense of impending evil of its predecessor"
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Hannibal definitely grabs at the emotions, but not the one it's after. You come in hoping to have the wits scared out of you and leave with your temper barely in check."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"It is not bad on its own terms, and it is certainly engrossing, but it comes nowhere near the power and sordid glory of the original."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"A dark and complexly entertaining ride, highly generous to multiple viewings."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"There are moments of a good movie buried amongst this over the top thriller. But these moments are all too rare."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"Where the book kept you wondering and marvelling at the intricacies of the human mind and heart, the film has a sour, smart-alecky conclusion which highlights (what else?) the gore."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
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