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Now in theaters! The Monk follows the rise and fall of Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan, A Dangerous Method), a Capuchin Monk in 17th century Madrid. Abandoned as a baby on the steps of a monastery and raised in strict Capuchin fashion, Ambrosio has become the most famous preacher in the country. Large crowds from near and far come to hear his mesmerizing sermons and he has earned the admiration of all. Convinced of his virtue and righteousness, Brother Ambrosio thinks he is immune to temptation until obscure events start terrorizing the monastery. Could they be connected to the unexpected arrival of Valerio (Déborah François, Unmade Beds, The Child), a masked apprentice monk, or to Ambrosio’s confused attraction to a woman who openly admires him? Adapted from Matthew Gregory Lewis’ cult classic Gothic novel, The Monk explores seduction, secrets and dark deceits as Ambrosio gradually falls into depravity and sin.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 35
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: What repulsed Coleridge in the novel clearly amuses the French director Dominik Moll in his diverting if somewhat thin adaptation.
Rotten: A work whose elegant atmospherics ultimately overwhelm the story, even with the terrific Vincent Cassel in the title role.
Fresh: The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power.
Fresh: "The Monk" is, first and foremost, a classy B-movie, keen to offer Gothic atmosphere, nudity, and mild shocks.
Truly horrible gothic crap. Boring, what a waste of one of the best actors in the business. But, i mean, tragic mess.
All I can think of with the negative reviews is that they either commented without seeing the movie or the were anti religion. This was a thoughtful, well paced film regarding how the devil targets all of us, regardless of how much we intend to the the right thing. And the more we intend to do right, the more he targets us. I guess some folks were expecting the whole film to be a slam against the catholic church and it ended up being about the frailty of of men and how simple and easy it is for evil to creep into our lives like a friendly and helpful stranger,never announching that there is a price to pay for that "help" but alway expecting payment. Great movie for people of any faith.
Faith, pride, rise & fall..
Some reviews below are unnecessarily harsh: First, you have to understand - and love - the mysterious medieval context to appreciate the movie. Second, great picture and soundtracks all throughout. Moreover, the struggle the monk goes through is a very real one - flesh and pride against self. There is even some good preaching! What happens at the of the movie is quite shocking, yet still emotional. It’s an outstanding balance and storytelling of faith, pride, rise and fall. There is a lot of subtle, yet clever, lessons to take away - as long as you comprehend the deeper messages the movie tries to convey.