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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Hannah Shakespeare, Ben Livingston
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2012
Box Office: $16.0M
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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
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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

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