The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files.
| Original Score: B
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.
Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise.
Leaving behind any trace of her eye-candy image, Jessica Biel delivers the performance of her career in 'The Tall Man.'
A spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises.
| Original Score: 6.5/10
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
"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.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 61/100
A sly, strange and subtly engaging horror story that will no doubt leave several viewers angry, confused, or arguing on twitter.
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.
| Original Score: C
The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory.
| Original Score: 5/10
Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud.
| Original Score: 3/10
... 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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The result is tedious instead of suspenseful.
Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.
| Original Score: 2/5
"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.
What begins as an intriguing Stephen King riff devolves into a Lifetime Original, effectively burning off the potential of the complex misdirection.