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The Tall Man Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 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 | Original Score: B
Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound
November 15, 2012
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 4, 2012
Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 4, 2012
Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 2, 2012
Leaving behind any trace of her eye-candy image, Jessica Biel delivers the performance of her career in 'The Tall Man.'
Witney Seibold
September 1, 2012
A spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 31, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 30, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 30, 2012
It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Richard Larson
Slant Magazine
August 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeremy Heilman
July 30, 2012
Almost to the same degree as Laugier's Martyrs, it changes its game midway through and makes audiences radically shift sympathies as its plot develops.
Full Review | Original Score: 61/100
Scott Weinberg
March 13, 2012
A sly, strange and subtly engaging horror story that will no doubt leave several viewers angry, confused, or arguing on twitter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
R. L. Shaffer
October 5, 2012
The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Glenn Lovell
September 8, 2012
... 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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
September 7, 2012
The result is tedious instead of suspenseful.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2012
Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 31, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
August 30, 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 | Original Score: C
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