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Black Death

11roundup-black-thumbstandard Sean Bean stars in this historically rooted horror-thriller as Ulric, a church-appointed knight in the age of the Bubonic Plague's first wave who's tasked with investigating rumors of a woman (Carice van Houten) who can bring the dead back to life. A young monk (Eddie Redmayne) named Osmund is aiding Ulric on his quest to root out the necromancer -- and to determine whether or not she has ties to Satan.
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Netflix Rating: 3.3
NYT Critics' Pick
As it turns out, no one is without sin in “Black Death," a grungy, cynical little number from the British director Christopher Smith. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 73%
Critics' score: 73   Audience score: 50   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

"Going medieval" on your enemies isn't just a figure of speech in Christopher Smith's stylish spatter-horror exercise, which uses desperation-fueled religious fervor to interrogate the intersection of fear and faith. full review

Slams Christians against pagans with little love for either. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

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. full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Early on "Black Death" falls victim to its own sluggish sickness, its narrative drive proving no match for the aggressively rotted pallor, dour acting and tiresomely handheld you-are-there aesthetics. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

Smith keeps the fog, mist and rain machines working overtime, but to such little purpose that Black Death often looks like outtakes from Fiddler on the Roof. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

Religion and morality are both found wanting in this medieval horror-drama devoid of good guys. full review

Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

The movie's real coup is in how it repeatedly shifts our allegiance from Christians to pagans, interrogating the unfathomably still-popular notion that barbarism is best countered with more of the same. full review

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice
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