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Ridley Scott

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About the Movie

Based on the best selling novel by Thomas Harris, "Hannibal" continues the story begun in "The Silence of the Lambs." Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is now at large in Italy, pursuing his own interests, savoring the scents, the essences of the unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter – 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 although hideously disfigured, he survived. In order to draw Dr. Lecter into the open, Verger uses Clarice Starling as bait.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 165
  • Fresh: 64
  • Rotten: 101
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Silly though handsomely staged. – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Hannibal won't even be a footnote when the year's best movies are grabbing the ink in December. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Very likely the worst film of this year and quite possibly the next. – Charles Taylor,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: There are disgusting movies that are worth seeing -- Silence of the Lambs, for one -- and others that are merely disgusting. Then there's Hannibal, which exists in its own category. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

not like the first one

'Hannibal' is nothing like 'Silence of the Lambs'. That's the first thing to remember: 'Hannibal' is not a suspense film and is, in my opinion, only for those fans who wish to see more of the characters. With that out of the way, 'Hannibal' is an intriguing, good-looking and probably slightly unnecessary follow-up to 'Silence'. Clarice Starling (later, 'ex Special Agent' Starling) finds herself back on Hannibal's case - and back in his thoughts. Someone new is out to kill Hannibal, now a free man living in disguise, and the FBI (at least, certain persons in it) are out to use Clarice as its scapegoat. The plot, however, is nowhere near as taut as in 'Silence' and the very film style suggests that this film is a departure from its predecesser. The music is different, the tone is different, there are new writers and directors, and, most notably to a casual viewer, a new Clarice. If you're looking for another psychological thriller, 'Red Dragon' is the way to go. If you just want more of Dr. Lecter - and don't mind that the film is covering completely new territory - then 'Hannibal' is a must-see.

great movie

i remember first watching this movie, its really good but itunes needs to get all the movies!

Decent Sequel

But overall doesn't rank up to the multi- Acadamy Award Winning original. I've seen all 4 hannibal (excluding Michael Mann's movie) movies this was actually very well made. After all it's actually directed by Ridley Scott who directed very well made movies such as Gladiator, American Gangster & Alien all of which I've seen. Gladiator ranks to be his best movie ever. Still a good movie with a mind blowing performance by Julian Moore and Anthony Hopkins.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2001

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