Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
July 26, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Name of the Rose

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
130 minutes
performer
F. Murray Abraham, Sean Connery, Christian Slater
director
Jean-Jacques Annaud
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

Long before Tom Hanks ran around the Louvre spouting crackpot theories about Renaissance painters and Vatican assassins, Sean Connery was solving religious riddles in the far better thriller The Name of the Rose (1986, R, 2 hrs., 11 mins.), out on Blu-ray. Connery’s brainiac monk and his teen sidekick (what’s up, Christian Slater!) sleuth out a string of grisly murders at a remote 14th-century abbey. The film’s packed with messages in invisible ink, secret staircases, and corpses in cauldrons of pig’s blood. And since ? Connery’s bald as a cue ball, that means no distracting Hanksian haircuts! B+

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