The Tall Man Reviews

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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
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
August 28, 2012
Once you get through the flaming, Bowser's Castle-like gauntlet of the rest of the story's implausibilities, you end up in a different movie than the one on the creepy poster.
John Gholson
Movies.com
March 23, 2012
Laugier's toiling with the seed of a good idea and interesting moral questions, but his own commitment to constructing the first half like a horror film (despite it not really being a horror film) leads to pacing issues as the film progresses.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
August 28, 2012
I like to imagine the pitch meeting for "The Tall Man" as something like this: "It will be like 'Twin Peaks,' only absolutely terrible on every level."
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Nick Schager
Boxoffice Magazine
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 30, 2012
The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
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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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
Glenn Lovell
CinemaDope
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
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
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
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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
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 7, 2012
The result is tedious instead of suspenseful.
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
September 1, 2012
A spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
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
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
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
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.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
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
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.'
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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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