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The Woman in Black (2012)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 174
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 60

Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills -- although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to more modern, high-stakes horror.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 14

Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills -- although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to more modern, high-stakes horror.



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A young lawyer (Radcliffe) travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorner woman is terrorizing the locals. -- (C) CBS Films


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Susan R. Hill, Jane Goldman

May 22, 2012


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October 12, 2012:
Tom Harper Helming Woman in Black Sequel
Harper's officially returning to follow up his Daniel Radcliffe horror movie.
April 2, 2012:
Hammer Greenlights Woman in Black Sequel
"The Woman in Black: Angels of Death" will continue the story.


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All Critics (176) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (60) | DVD (4)

The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.

February 26, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It takes quite a time before the pieces of a poisonous puzzle appear, and when they do, they don't always fall into place with clarity.

February 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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'The Woman in Black' is old-fashioned, ornate, imposing, occasionally creaky - and possessed of more than a few enjoyably nasty surprises.

February 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The star's job description is that he be able to react convincingly to a variety of supernatural events and to endure being covered in mud. He has difficulty with neither.

February 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Haunted house movies basically live and die by their atmospherics and by the consequences to those poor mortals who come too close to the premises, and The Woman in Black delivers on both counts.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TheWrap
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The Woman in Black is your standard-issue ghost story, gussied up in period garb to make it look like a prestige picture.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (8)
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Scene after endless scene of Radcliffe roaming the hallways of a spooky gothic house seeking the source of creepy noises and phantasmic movements is not compelling enough for a two-hour film.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source:

The Woman in Black successfully plumbs the atmospheric vibe of The Haunting but is even more disturbing because all its bad stuff happens to little kids.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Whether or not The Woman in Black provides those chills is entirely up to whatever particular type of creep-out sends shivers down your spine.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A thin movie on every level, not particularly frightening, and a disappointing use of all the talent involved. ... No points for Gryffindor.

August 22, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

A gothic horror tale that studiously avoids any modern gimmicks in favour of classically themed motifs, with a neat twist to Hammer its point home.

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

The Woman in Black is not the best ghost story ever made, but it is one of the purest and most effective to hit cinemas in quite a long time. That in itself makes this a film worth cherishing, goose bumps and all.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

It is a work that transcends the genre whilst not skimping on any of the skin-crawling thrills that the premise promises to deliver.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space

Radcliffe holds it together with a virtually wordless, but still expressive performance.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: MovieFIX

Packed with atmosphere, this old-fashioned but deftly told ghost story delivers ample chills and thrills.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

It's a good clean, very British romp - the kind of horror movie you could take your mum to. As long as you're not hoping to be scared to death, you'll have a great time, too.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Radcliff, in his first adult role since the Harry Potter franchise concluded, does an excellent job holding the film together, grief pouring from his expressive features.

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If you're looking for nail-biting horror and suspense, this isn't the ticket. But it is a nicely filmed atmospheric study in the Gothic. Mostly, "The Woman in Black" shows that Radcliffe will have no problem shedding his Potter image.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comments (4)
Movie Metropolis

The Woman in Black feels like a simpler and more intimate horror of yesteryear.It's well produced, acted and written and for fans of vintage horror, you'll definitely be entertained.

April 26, 2012 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Splendidly delivers the old-school, hocus-pocus goods, reminding us that sometimes a bone-chilling movie scare can be frightfully, fitfully fun.

March 24, 2012 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

The bottom line on The Woman in Black is that it is a very spooky movie. Old-fashioned and old school, it makes a convincing case for life after death and, for Radcliffe, life after Harry Potter.

March 23, 2012 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The filmmakers understand the simple power of ghosts, and they deliver a tense and chilling spook-fest.

March 9, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Mopey, po-faced rubbish.

March 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Ultra Culture | Comments (10)
Ultra Culture

A boa notícia é que Radcliffe faz um trabalho eficiente em um longa que compreende que os arrepios duram mais que os sustos; a má é que o roteiro problemático compromete bastante o resultado final.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The Woman In Black is not a bad deal for those who are easily scared or/and haven't seen many ghost movies. It's well acted, nicely photographed, the story makes sense, and the conclusion will be satisfactory to most.

February 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Woman in Black

Daniel Radcliffe, channeling Peter Cushing, visits a moldy old house away out on the moors. There's a secret tragedy there, disgruntled locals, and terrible outcomes in this poetic return of the Hammer films of old. If you enjoy your ghost stories, chasing shadows, and enjoy them sad and melancholic, creepy and foreboding, this is just the ticket, the best I've seen in this genre since The Others. While not replete with a scare-a-second like a thrill park ride perhaps this does fully embrace the "it was a dark and stormy night" aesthetic that so invigorates.
April 25, 2014

Super Reviewer

This movie understands fear. Radcliffe proves that he can stand alone as a brilliant actor. This movie is so good at inspiring moments of pure terror as Radcliffe paces down the hall and the camera zooms in all too perfectly. Dread and anticipation and horror are all present in this classic horror movie. It ends very abruptly but the movie remains charming. I have yet to come across a horror movie that I will remember and be afraid of years later, but The Woman In Black, although not all too scary, is impossible to forget.
May 11, 2013
Nikhil N.
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"The Woman in Black" boasts a solid performance by Daniel Radcliffe, but fresh out of the "Harry Potter" series, it is definitely hard to adapt to his new style of acting, although it has yet to be shown that is range of acting is broad. As a lawyer travels away from his some to a village where he finds an abandoned house, he investigates as he finds out the death of many of the villagers from the past, and how they might be tormenting the children of the town. Although this horror film plays it safe, keeping it in the same location for pretty much the duration of the film, it is a well-told horror story that is filled with quite a few genuinely terrifying moments. "The Woman in Black" is well directed and well-acted. Definitely worth the time, especially if you are a horror fan. It's interesting, albeit simple
January 30, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A lawyer and single parent still grieving the loss of his wife is sent to a country mansion supposedly haunted by a woman who causes the local children to commit suicide. Daniel Radcliffe's first foray into a world beyond Hogwart's is a Gothic ghost story in the tradition of Hammer Horror which takes the now familiar ingredients of J Horror and transposes them to Victorian England. Radcliffe actually makes the transition quite well and the spectre of Potter is soon forgotten as he gives a suitably haunted performance within some nicely atmospheric locations. The biggest problem is that the usual gimmicks of unseen faces at windows, midnight exhumations and occupant free rocking chairs have all been seen so often before it all seems so familiar that there are no surprises at all for such a jaded cinema goer as I; particularly considering the pseudo happy ending that seemed completely lacking in any satisfying resolution to the story. I'm sure it provides enough shocks and frights for those of an age who have grown up with young Dan however, and it's well made enough to be considered as a reasonable diversion to fans of a good old fashioned ghost story.
January 4, 2013
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    1. Mr. Daily: Don't go chasing shadows Aurther...
    – Submitted by Niamh A (2 years ago)
    1. Jennet: Never forgive. Never forgive. Never forgive...
    – Submitted by Amber C (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Daily: She makes us, she makes us do it. She makes us! They took her boy away so now she takes us.
    – Submitted by Jo Anna C (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Daily: He wants to draw a picture for you now.
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    1. Mr. Daily: I believe even the most rational of minds can play tricks in the dark.
    – Submitted by Alex D (2 years ago)
    1. Joseph Kipps: Daddy, who's that lady?
    2. Arthur Kipps: That's your mum.
    – Submitted by Shayla J (2 years ago)
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