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The Raven (2012)



Critic Consensus: Thinly scripted, unevenly acted, and overall preposterous, The Raven disgraces the legacy of Edgar Allen Poe with a rote murder mystery that's more silly than scary.

Movie Info

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death - in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe's darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer's mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe's brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe's love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target. Intrepid Pictures' The Raven also stars Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. -- (C) Relativitymore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Hannah Shakespeare, Ben Livingston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2012
Box Office: $16.0M
Relativity Media - Official Site


Luke Evans
as Inspector Emmit Fiel...
John Cusack
as Edgar Allan Poe
Brendan Gleeson
as Colonel Hamilton
Alice Eve
as Emily
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
as John Cantrell
Jimmy Yuill
as Captain Elderidge
Pam Ferris
as Mrs. Bradley
Adrian Rawlins
as Doc Clements
Aidan Feore
as Stage Manager
Michael Cronin
as Old Gentleman
Michael Poole
as Professor
Michael Shannon
as Dr. Morgan
Charity Wakefield
as Field's Maid
John Warnaby
as Griswold
Matt Slack
as Sailor
Ian Virgo
as Fire Marshall
Michael Fourticq
as Bookseller
Jasmina Ilic
as Older Tenement Woman...
Teodora Uveric
as Young Tenement Woman...
Kristof Farkas
as Wretching Student
Luka Nijatovic
as Small Boy
Jozsef Talas
as Sherry Merchant
Matt Devere
as Hamilton's Security ...
Sergej Trifunovic
as Salty Sailor
Milos Djuricic
as Porter - Paris
Michael Kelly
as Party Reveler
Bojan Peric
as Officer at Precinct
Ana Sofrenovic
as Lady Macbeth
Steve Agnew
as Doctor in "Macbeth"
Malina Nikolic
as Gentlewoman in "Macb...
Miklos Kapacsy
as Headline Man 1
Andrew Hefler
as Headline Man 2
Pierre Jaurin
as French Officer
Tamara Krcunovic
as Doc Clements' Maid
Jason Ryan
as Crew Member
Antal Publik
as Cardinal
Laszlo Kontal
as Breathless Tenement ...
Mark Phelan
as Barfly 1
Adam Foldi
as Church Secretary
Dejan Cubrilov
as Maurice Robichaux
Máté Haumann
as Uniformed Guard
Péter Fancsikai
as Young Man Skeleton
Sava Rapic
as Servant
Mike Kelly
as Party Reveler
Luka Mijatovic
as Small Boy
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Critic Reviews for The Raven

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (28)

CSI: Nevermore.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

A crudely written and wholly uninspired thriller that's unlikely to win anyone over to the horror master's oeuvre.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
Georgia Straight

The Raven is a movie with its wings clipped; a murder mystery that feels strangely subdued.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013

The problem is that "The Raven" is all surface. The movie is nothing but its fun idea, without much development or ingenuity

Full Review… | February 12, 2013

Even though this film has more than its share of dark, gruesome elements, there is also enough of a sense of playfulness in it to help make it entertaining.

Full Review… | February 1, 2013
Laramie Movie Scope

I'd say that nine bucks is probably also the current going rate for Livingston & Shakespeare's next script.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for The Raven


Clunky, and overwrought, in spite of a wonderful cast. The movie didn't really flow all that well, and the premise was short on substance. I usually like John Cusack, but I did not relate to his interpretation of Poe...not at all.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I've seen lots of TV adaptations of this one as a kid. I wasn't disappointed to see the same plot again since years had passed. The story wasn't perfect, but it was executed alright. Adding the Edgar Allen Poe character wasn't effective enough, though. And I reckon that shortening its length by ~20 minutes would have helped. A drag at times, overall it wasn't so painful to sit through. The casting was not a problem for me. In fact, it only made it only made it better. The leading actors did justice to their characters. Check it out for yourself & see how far it disappoints you. 4.5/10

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

I see what they were going for I just didn't care all that much about the journey. The film was too dark half of the time causing me to strain my eyes just trying to make out what was going on. The characters were all pretty one note.
It's a plain jane whodunnit that doesn't do anything original with all the potential it has just by being a period thriller featuring Poe.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

The Raven Quotes

Edgar Allen Poe: The only thing he's ever killed is a bottle of brandy.
– Submitted by Michael F (3 years ago)
Edgar Allan Poe: Take this kiss upon the brow!
– Submitted by Ann B (3 years ago)
Edgar Allan Poe: Quoth the raven 'Nevermore'.
– Submitted by Clark K (3 years ago)
Edgar Allan Poe: I will gladly give my life for hers, Mr. Fields.
– Submitted by Jayathra L (3 years ago)

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