He is so.
Was this review helpful? How is this helpful, you may ask? Finally he is seduced by her, at least to the extent that his egomania allows.
Also, the character of Jack Crawford is completely mishandled in the movie due to a lack of attention to the sacrifices he has made for the job and how that highlights Starlings own. The strange machinations of Buffalo Bill. Never after that, for good reason, does Hannibal become trusted, though he is always entertaining to have around.
Agent Clarice is scared, she fears for her life, she doesn't know if she will survive, but she fights the big, bad Goliath killer. Lecter is touched when he learns that Clarice lost both her parents at an early age, was shipped off to relatives, was essentially an unloved orphan.
Remember that agent Sterling asked Dr. Fourth in the intercutting between the exteriors of the wrong house in Calumet City and the interiors of the right one in Belvedere, Ohio. Anthony Hopkins is absolutely haunting as Hannibal Lecter, and he pulls the roll off very well.
They have no choice.