Hannibal Rising
Hannibal Rising (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hannibal Rising reduces the horror icon to a collection of dime-store psychological traits.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

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..."

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Dana Stevens

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?

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Betsy Sherman
Arts Fuse

[Hannibal Rising] is a handsome and involving macabre drama, with a pathos that tempers the horror-movie shocks.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Hannibal Rising is basically a Steven Seagal vigilante movie with a hero who eats the people he kills. At least it's ecofriendly.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Scott Weinberg

The guy's about as intimidating as a mildly irritated kitten, and that certainly doesn't up the creep factor.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

In the finest tradition of TV newsmagazines, Hannibal Lecter's penchant for serial murder turns out to be the result of a traumatic childhood.

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

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?

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Steve Biodrowski

Over twenty years after "Hannibal the Cannibal" made his film debut in Manhunter, the Dr. Lecter saga peters out with this misguided sequel.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Not only an unnecessary prequel but also terribly written: overlong, filled with clichés and ridiculous dialogue, and failing to depict the character's… More
Steven Carrier
It's hard to ignore the fact that "Hannibal Rising" (both the novel and the film) were made with the best of intentions. Shedding light on the… More
Dean King
A well made film with great locations, that explains a little about how Hannibal became to be what he is in The silence of the lambs. However I feel a lot is… More
Alex roy
Let me get this out of the way, I read every Hannibal Lector books by Thomas Harris. I loved them all including the prologue to the Red Dragon, Hannibal Rising.… More
paul sandberg
Harris did the screenplay of his own book, so he has no-one but himself to blame in that regard; however, the blame only partly lies with the script - the… More
Chris Weber
Mostly entertaining, despite the plot being kinda asinine. Gaspard Ulliel does a decent job as the young Hannibal Lecter, and some of the supporting… More