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The Monk


Rated R for some sexuality, brief graphic nudity and violent images.

R In Theaters 03/8/2013 , 101min.
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Village Voice
The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power. Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Dominik Moll downplays the overtly scandalous nature of the story, at least for a while, with a leisurely pace heavy on imagery. He’s made a beautiful-looking film that portends disaster. And disaster arrives, eventually. It just takes its time getting there. Full Review
Kim Newman
An austere, cerebral reading of a book which is unfettered, blood-bolstered and wildly sensationalist — Lewis is the father of torture porn, not a master of subtle chills. It’s interesting and unsettling, with a charismatic lead performance, but nowhere near as shocking as it should be. Full Review
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
Mr. Moll, whose films include “With a Friend Like Harry...,” somewhat heroically manages to keep the story’s manifold twists from becoming knotted, but he’s less adept at setting up the characters and their relationships and especially the depth and significance of their faith. Full Review
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
It is not a story of great depth or passion, but there are intriguing and unsettling moments on its well-crafted surface. Full Review

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