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The Woman in Black (2012)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 Filmsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for thematic material and violence/disturbing images)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Susan R. Hill, Jane Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2012
Box Office: $54.3M
CBS Films - Official Site


Daniel Radcliffe
as Arthur Kipps
Ciarán Hinds
as Samuel Daily
Janet McTeer
as Mrs. Daily
Liz White
as Jennet Humfrye
David Burke
as PC Collins
Sophie Stuckey
as Stella Kipps
Roger Allam
as Bentley
Misha Handley
as Joseph Kipps
Lucy May Barker
as Nursemaid
Indira Ainger
as Little Girl on Train
Andy Robb
as Doctor
Mary Stockley
as Mrs. Fisher
Alexia Osborne
as Victoria Hardy
Alfie Field
as Tom Hardy
Harmon Ellisa
as Fisher Girl
William Tobin
as Charlie Hardy
as Fisher Girl
Victor McGuire
as Gerald Hardy
Cathy Sara
as Mrs. Jerome
Tim McMullan
as Mr. Jerome
Alisa Khazanova
as Mrs. Drablow
Ashley Foster
as Nathaniel Drablow
Aoife Doherty
as Lucy Jerome
Sidney Johnston
as Nicholas Daily
Emma Shorey Molly
as Fisher Girl
Molly Harmon
as Fisher Girl
Ellisa Walker-Reid
as Fisher Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Woman in Black

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (41)

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

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

The balance between edge-of-vision shadows and DanRad's screen-centre face puts the care into scares.

Full Review… | October 27, 2014
Total Film

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.

Full Review… | September 25, 2013

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.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Woman in Black

This is a CBS film, and a Hammer Film production. That should already tell you everything you need to know about the quality of this supposedly gothic horror film. The effects are horrible in this film, whether it's the obvious green screen driving scenes, the bad after effects fog in the beginning, or the ghostly effects, which look atrocious. There is no logic in this film whatsoever. There's a terrible secret in a small English town, and when solicitor Kipps (Radcliffe) goes there, his actual presence could threaten lives. Does anyone tell him the terrible secret and save people's lives? No, because....? Then there's the scenes when Kipps is in this old, haunted mansion doing paperwork, and he repeatedly does stupid things. He sees a face in the window, and he goes to that window. He sees a creepy image at the front door from the upstairs window, and then opens the door. Every character is idiotic in their choices. There's no backstory except for the one that Kipps unearths in the house. We don't learn about the family's relationship, who Jennet really is or what she wants in the afterlife, and nothing gets answered. There's no logic, and there's no answers. There's constant jump scares, which is the only element of the film that's actually scary. These jump scares are never well done either, because most of them don't even include the ghostly presence of the woman in black. There's literally a jump scare every two minutes in this film, and you're always aware they are going to occur. The ending, in the midst of a lack of logic, also makes no sense and simply ends without explanation. This entire film is one big let-down, and if it doesn't endlessly frustrate you, then you must be a saint.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams

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.

Nikhil N.
Nikhil Nandu

Super Reviewer

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