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Hannibal Rising

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bloody prequel traces serial killer's origins.

Movie R 2007 117 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+

Not as bad as I thought it would be….

Ok so let’s start with, this is a horror movie. So if you think death or gore would bother your child then they should not watch. I actually think Silence of the Lambs was worse. There are lots of decapitated heads. There are 3 scenes that show someone being killed. A decapitation (from a distance), one of the slaves is shot in the head, and knife through the head vertically. Mom and Dad also die on screen but it wasn’t personal, they faded away slowly from combat wounds. There is sexual tension between Hannibal and his aunt but only results in a kiss and is never really discussed, so I would say it was irrelevant. Also “sex-slaves” are only shown in cages and there is no nudity at any point in the film. In the summary it said one of the slaves bathes the villain, but she’s actually only shaving his chest while he is in the tub. I did not feel there was excessive foul language. It comes down to each individual child and what you think they can handle mentally and emotionally. I watched with my 14yro and she didn’t think it was too bad either. I probably wouldn’t have wanted her to see it at
age 18+

Life for a life. God give life but the wicked take away life.

Wicked begets wicked. Wickeds shall pay for crimes committed.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

The deaths are grotesque and the blood splatty, but Hannibal the movie doesn't demonstrate the cultural sophistication that Hannibal the character will later develop. (If Silence of the Lambs is any indication, that is.) Here, he's a bitter, anxious boy-man, a medical student who prepares cadavers for other students' autopsies -- discovering as he does so not only his pleasure in such activities, but also his gift. He is a grandly self-absorbed killer. When at last Murasaki begs him to stop, he cannot. His reason always: "They ate my sister." It's a terrible refrain and leads to a revolting psychosis. You can't help but miss Anthony Hopkins, whose sly wit alleviated at least some of Hannibal's thudding brutality.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 9, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: May 29, 2007
  • Cast: Gaspard Ulliel , Gong Li , Rhys Ifans
  • Director: Peter Webber
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 117 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong grisly violent content and some language/sexual references.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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