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The Tall Man (2012)



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Movie Info

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace - abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man." Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical...until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier called The Tall Man. -- (C) Imagemore
Rating: R (for violence and terror, and for language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Pascal Laugier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 25, 2012
Image Entertainment - Official Site


Jessica Biel
as Julia Denning
William B. Davis
as Sheriff Chestnut
Colleen Wheeler
as Mrs. Johnson
Eve Harlow
as Christine
Ferne Downey
as Mrs. Parker Leigh
John Mann
as Douglas
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Critic Reviews for The Tall Man

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

If you're a parent who ever, for one cold-sweat second, lost sight of your child at a playground - "The Tall Man" will tap into your darkest fears. And then make them even darker.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

"The Tall Man" spits out enough scares and twists to maintain our interest, but the film's psycho-sociological layer is almost as cheesy and unconvincing as its low-rent action scenes.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

"The Tall Man" opens like a ghost story and closes with its feet firmly in the real world. Until then, Pascal Laugier's chilly little thriller manhandles our sympathies and gladdens our eyes in almost equal measure.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Tall Man

One of those rare cinematic treats wherein the work is so bad one desires to reach out and flail the offenders as badly as one felt oneself assailed. I'm going with the director/writer as the major perpetrator of this assault on one's innocence, although the film's star seems suspiciously culpable as well. A vomiting in your face that begs Biblical vengeance, steer far clear of this.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An outrageous and painfully despicable piece of garbage that has no understanding of pacing and has one of the most morally disgusting pseudo-sociological messages ever committed to celluloid - which leads me to think that Laugier is just as repulsive as his work. (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Not a horror movie. Definitely an original. I think that it bothered me that they played it up so well the first half of the film as something really horrifying happening, then it turns out not to be the case. Points for originality, I guess...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The Tall Man Quotes

Julia Denning: So you believe it too?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Lieutenant Dodd: Won't be long before the next one goes.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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