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The Raven (2012)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 128
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 99

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.


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 20

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.



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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


Mystery & Suspense

Ben Livingston, Hannah Shakespeare

Oct 9, 2012


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Basically a well-researched but formulaic mystery centered on one of those nyah-nyah serial killers we've seen a thousand times.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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It lingers intolerably on some inessential scenes, rushes through others, and fails to provide any motivation either for Poe's devoted (albeit fictional) love, or the film's archvillain.

April 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source:
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The subject matter screams out for cleverness and depth, the sort of mind-bending twists and satisfying darkness that Poe himself would love. It finds them only in small doses.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Director James McTeigue has no feel for humor or terror, making what could have been a witty pastiche into another cheesy slice-and-dice horror flick.

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' "

April 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (11)
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A crudely written and wholly uninspired thriller that's unlikely to win anyone over to the horror master's oeuvre.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

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

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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.

February 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A bizarre mishmash of historical elements and subpar on-screen drama capped off with an underwhelming but serviceable performance from John Cusack

September 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

It's silly, has plot holes big enough to drive a truck through and is little more than a gothic version of Law & Order, yet it has a macabre charm that will keep you interested for the film's duration.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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Despite Cuasck's occasional missteps as the writer, "The Raven" is an entertaining thriller.

September 10, 2012 Full Review Source:

Entertaining and fun to be sure, despite it's goofy premise. But it's not nearly as chilling as reading Poe's stories for yourself.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

A formulaic murder mystery and a blasé, unenlightening look at the life of Edgar Allan Poe that could really have used an imp of the perverse.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

For mystery lovers, there isn't much to do except watch the story play out. A distinct shortage of suspects could mean guessing the killer's identity won't be much of a challenge for fans of the genre.

May 30, 2012 Full Review Source: CNNRadio

Cusack is miscast as Poe

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Comment (1)
Movie Habit

... one of the most moronically stupid screenplays since the advent of talking pictures ...

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The only real imagination in the whole film comes late--in the rather terrifically designed end titles.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

John Cusack is very much miscast here. He was about as believable as Matthew Broderick would be as Abraham Lincoln.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Directed with no mystery or imagination...

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

If you take it as agreeably macabre nonsense, yes, you might enjoy it. If you're going to have a conniption fit over every historical inaccuracy, however, give it a pass.

May 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Comments (5)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An infuriating mix of amateurish writing and flowery antique speech; of sublime romance and hopeless pedantry; of atmospheric melancholy and risible smugness

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

The maniac on the loose i less Jack the Ripper than a literarily inclined nobody, and not even a butler, to boot.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Did Nicolas Cage finally say "no" to a cheesy role? It looks like John Cusack got to this one first.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

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.
March 17, 2014

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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
May 21, 2013

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.
February 17, 2013

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three stars
February 10, 2013
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    1. Edgar Allen Poe: The only thing he's ever killed is a bottle of brandy.
    – Submitted by Michael F (18 months ago)
    1. Edgar Allan Poe: Take this kiss upon the brow!
    – Submitted by Ann B (18 months ago)
    1. Edgar Allan Poe: Quoth the raven 'Nevermore'.
    – Submitted by Clark K (18 months ago)
    1. Edgar Allan Poe: I will gladly give my life for hers, Mr. Fields.
    – Submitted by Jayathra L (21 months ago)
    1. Colonel Hamilton: If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.
    – Submitted by Kristian C (23 months ago)
    1. Edgar Allan Poe: Somebody better call his Momma!
    – Submitted by Bryan K (23 months ago)
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