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75
Hannibal Rising isn't a classic, but it's entertaining and a surprisingly fitting addition to the franchise.
63
New York Daily News
This strikes me as the final nail in the franchise's coffin. I can't name an actor who could have made young Lecter as interesting as the older one, but Ulliel does not come close.
63
It's a handsomely mounted but poky thriller undone by a fatally miscast lead.
63
Premiere
The story's beginning is in a rush to get to the the killings, which get more and more disgusting.
50
Philadelphia Inquirer
What Hannibal Rising is, mostly, is a hoot.
38
For better and worse, the movie is more attractive and competently assembled than its schlock peers. That's refreshing, but it hardly excuses the appalling lack of suspense, intermittent tastelessness, or shockingly low camp quotient.
38
Charlotte Observer
Errors in logic will delight the attentive.
25
Hannibal Rising reduces this great creature of the pop imagination to a Eurotrash Boy Scout throwing a homicidal snit fit.
25
Chicago Tribune
A sort-of combination of "Lambs," "Batman Begins" and "The Joy of Cooking," Hannibal Rising ostensibly dramatizes the atrocities that turned Hannibal Lecter from loving child to serial killer. But this film is larded up with so many food references that I'm undecided whether this story belongs in a film compendium or a recipe file.
25
Miami Herald
For the first time in the film series, Harris wrote the screenplay himself, which means the movie is practically identical to the book. In other words, they both stink.
20
The Hollywood Reporter
It's all quite a mess, with awkward performances, worse dialogue and a painfully protracted running time conspiring against any chance of enjoyment, even in a so-bad-it's-good guilty pleasure way.

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