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The Tall Man (2012)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 8,199


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) Image

R (for violence and terror, and for language)
Mystery & Suspense , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Pascal Laugier
In Theaters:
Sep 25, 2012
Image Entertainment - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Tall Man

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (13) | DVD (2)

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

There's plenty to like about it in hindsight once it's all laid out, but it isn't enough to lift this mystery-thriller out of the realm of the mundane.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013

The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

for all this thriller's tautness, its true horror emerges from the uncomfortable ethical questions that it poses - and leaves us to answer for ourselves in the dark.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Sight and Sound

The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012

Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

... can't decide if it wants to be 'High Tension,' 'Jeepers Creepers' or 'The Piped Piper of Hamelin' ... results are arty, jumbled and, ho-hum, Sunday School preachy.

Full Review… | September 8, 2012

The result is tedious instead of suspenseful.

Full Review… | September 7, 2012

Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012
Hollywood & Fine

Leaving behind any trace of her eye-candy image, Jessica Biel delivers the performance of her career in 'The Tall Man.'

Full Review… | September 2, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises.

Full Review… | September 1, 2012

What begins as an intriguing Stephen King riff devolves into a Lifetime Original, effectively burning off the potential of the complex misdirection.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012

Child abductions plague a rural Washington State town, but the more pressing affliction in Pascal Laugier's film is the absence of chills, logic and coherence

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Boxoffice Magazine

Pascal Laugier's film illustrates the problem of class mobility with a dark, troubling premise that holds a harsh light up to our own assumptions and expectations.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Tall Man

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

"I thought it was going to be good little scary flick, it wasn't. BUT, it was a decent thriller. The film has you thinking one thing and then flips the script and goes another way. I won't lie, I was surprised by the twist. But after the twist was revealed everything from there on was easy enough to figure out. Still a movie worth seeing at least once. The acting wasn't too bad. I like Jessica Biel. I thought she did well with her part."


Super Reviewer


A decaying mining town blames a plague of child abductions on a legendary figure called "the Tall Man." Starts out as a formula horror movie, but an unexpected revelation in the middle of the film changes things completely; the twist itself is interesting, but unfortunately neither of the two very different movies on either side of it are anything special.

Greg S

Super Reviewer


Fear Takes a New Shape

Average Movie! The First half of the movie is really enjoyable as it's a complete thriller about a town, a woman, missing children and tall man. But once the shocking revelation was made after 50 min the movie becomes more of a social message than a thriller till the end. This doesn't goes in favor of the movie because maybe it's the biggest cover up in the town we still want some chilling running from the evil. Jessica Biel is great and perfect for her role but the twist they have in the movie only works if the woman is as strong as Jessica Biel. On the whole, it's a good thriller in first half and an okay movie in the second part.

This film is about a legend that has been started by the town folk of Cold Rock. Since the children in the town have been going missing, people have said it's an entity known as 'The Tall Man' who has been taking them. Julia Denning ('Jessica Biel' ) is the local nurse whose husband died years earlier. She is soon personally involved as her child is taken. She tries to track down where the child is taken, but finds that there's more to what's happening than she knew. The towns-folk start to turn on her and the truth comes out. But there's still more to the story, who is 'The Tall Man'? And what is the truth behind the disappearances?

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

The Tall Man Quotes

Julia Denning: So you believe it too?
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Lieutenant Dodd: Won't be long before the next one goes.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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