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  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Horror film buffs like to giggle as much as scream but there're no giggles here. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Though deadly serious, Christopher Smith's European-made bubonic- plague melodrama provides good value with lots of blood and guts, as well as a solid cast. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    With unexpected supernatural restraint, the movie approaches a religious parable; am I being unfair in wishing it had a touch more apocalyptic hysteria to it? show more

  • 40
    Empire

    An encouraging set-up soon descends into a grubby muddle, leaving you wishing you were just rewatching "The Name Of The Rose" instead. show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Black Death embraces its horror roots with ample bloodshed, at which point the silly costumes and anachronistic dialogue no longer seem so absurd. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Here, excessive piety and rampant paganism are equally malevolent forces, the film's baleful view of human nature mirrored in Sebastian Edschmid's swampy photography. As is emphasized in a nicely consistent coda, the Lord's side and the right side are not necessarily one and the same. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    Screenwriter Dario Poloni and director Christopher Smith provide enough sword-and-sorcery hoo-ha to please the "Lord of the Rings" demographic, but the movie's real coup is in how it repeatedly shifts our allegiance from Christians to pagans. show more

  • 70
    Leslie Felperin Variety

    While managing to deliver enough suspense and bloodletting to appease gore fans, steadily improving helmer Christopher Smith ("Severance") and screenwriter Dario Poloni smuggle in a merciless critique of religious delusion. show more

  • 83
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Black Death bears some similarities to a zombie movie in the way the plague inevitably overtakes the populace, and it also has one foot in the "creepy community" genre, alongside films like "The Wicker Man" and "Two Thousand Maniacs!" show more

  • 75
    Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor

    A moderately creepy, often garishly violent action horror film frontloaded with heretics, Christians, mercenaries, witches, witch-burners, and necromancers. There's something here for just about everyone. show more

  • May 18, 2011 pimuseta
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    Surprisingly good film. Worth the watch.

  • March 19, 2011 BigPapi1950
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    IT LOOKS LIKE THIS MOVIE WAS WELL THOUGH OUT.THE ACTORS WERE GREAT, THE SETTING IN MID EVIL TIMES WAS INTERRESTING,I WOLD TELL MY FRIENDS TO SEE THE MOVIE.

  • March 18, 2011 Jjesse285
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    From the look of **************** like some and one of the books that I have read back in the early 70s in high school, the story line fits the time period.

  • March 12, 2011 ETANYC
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    Engaging, well directed medieval flick with strong performances, a genuinely chilling atmosphere and an unusually thoughtful script.

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