Adapted from the gothic novel by Matthew G. Lewis, The Monk tells the tragic story of Brother Ambrosio in Catholic Spain during the 17th century. Abandoned at birth and left at the doors of the Capucins convent, Ambrosio becomes a devout monk admired for his faith and purity, but the arrival of a mysterious new pupil will shake his convictions and lead his down a path of sin. [Diaphana Films]… Expand









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Director: ,
Release date: Mar 8, 2013
MPAA rating: R
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Runtime: 1 hr. 41 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    An eccentric period melodrama with horror-flick overtones. Occasionally incoherent but never dull, the movie brims with weird imagery. more

  • 70
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    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. ...

  • 70
    Village Voice - by
    The finale, in which godly rites are juxtaposed against the vilest of sins, builds to an unholy power. more

  • 60
    Total Film - by Matt Glasby
    Director Dominik Moll makes some odd style choices – like Looney Tunes-style ‘iris wipes’ – and it’s a while before Cassel fully embraces his dark side, yet his customary charisma is what seals The Monk’s redemption. more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    It is not a story of great depth or passion, but there are intriguing and unsettling moments on its well-crafted surface. more

  • 50
    Los Angeles Times - by Sheri Linden
    Moll's restraint gives way to a tastefully overwrought checklist of Gothic imagery. In the cloistered shadows and the harsh Castilian sun, the visuals are handsome, even as the movie threatens to tip into parody. more

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Manohla Dargis
    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. ...

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Bernard Besserglik
    Ultimately the movie disappoints, falling between two stools and failing to convince either as spectacle or as a fable about religious obsession. more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Wahida K.

    Can someone please tell me what this Movie actually was all about? Honestly I really didnt catch a thing. Was it a drama? A Horror? A Moral thing? Oh well I didnt bother to go on watching after 30 minutes.