Black Death
Black Death (2011)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: March 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
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69%
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49%



Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Black Death delivers the fire and brimstone violence its subject matter warrants, while posing some interesting questions of faith and religion.

Ian Buckwalter
NPR

"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.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Abby Olcese
Scene-Stealers.com

Black Death definitely isn't a rollicking, bloody good time, but it is a haunting study in the capacity for cruelty in people when they're scared, and the lingering effects that cruelty can have.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Matt Joseph
We Got This Covered

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Slams Christians against pagans with little love for either.

Noel Murray
AV Club

Smith effectively recreates the chaos of the medieval era, where the educated and ignorant alike make life-and-death decisions based on superstition.

Will Leitch
Deadspin

Acts as if no one ever thought to make a movie about the bubonic plague before.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I think I expected more from this movie. It was not bad. It was decent enough but nothing super exciting.
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Carlos Magalh„es
Bleak, intelligent and highly thought-provoking, this unfairly neglected blend of medieval drama and horror should have gotten a lot more attention than it did.… More
Jens S.
A bleak, gritty and dark take on the middle ages during the time of the Plague. As a group of Christian Knights and mercenaries set out to investigate a village… More
Phil Hubbs
Totally bleak and very realistic, this historical story set in the time of the bubonic plague which really is quite depressing. The plot is of course religious… More
Kevin M. Williams
Medieval England, and church officials wonder if the plague sweeping the land is a punishment from God. Also there is word of a village in the marshlands where… More