The Name of the Rose (Der Name der Rose)
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Adapted from Umberto Eco's best-selling novel, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose is a 14th century murder-mystery thriller starring Sean Connery as a Sherlock Holmes-esque Franciscan monk called William of Baskerville. When a murder occurs at a secluded Benedictine Abbey, William is called in to investigate. As he and his apprentice, Adson von Melk (Christian Slater), delve deeper and deeper into the case, more dead bodies begin to turn up. Eventually, Bernardo Gui, an inquisitor played by F. Murray Abraham gets involved, but he may not have the best intentions. Sean… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For labyrinth-lovers...a thoughtful and entertaining murder mystery predicated on intellectual debate. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"the window dressing is not enough to buoy the principle acting"
‑ Aaron Lazenby,
"A well-played medieval murder mystery, featuring a lot of good-looking men with really bad haircuts."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"It's really a decent exploitation film disguised as a proper art film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A spiritual thriller that holds up thanks to its rich themes and great acting"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Marvelous adaptation of a complex Umberto Eco novel. Christian Slater's first feature role."
‑ Michael Drakulich, Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
"A great mystery until the end. Connery and Abraham throw sparks each time they meet."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"How you accept an English monk with a Scottish accent and the mind of a Sherlock Holmes is the question."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"This real monastery looks as if it were designed by the artist M. C. Escher."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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