The Woman in Black Reviews

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William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
A thin movie on every level, not particularly frightening, and a disappointing use of all the talent involved. ... No points for Gryffindor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Herman Clay
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Some effective scares, but this is haunted house horror by numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
February 1, 2012
A horror flick stuck in the limbo between cinematic life and death by boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
February 16, 2012
There's a lifeless vacuum at the heart of this ghost story. Radcliffe be thy name.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 4, 2012
Mopey, po-faced rubbish.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
February 5, 2012
There's a difference between being scared and being startled ... It's too bad that director James Watkins fills The Woman in Black with far more of the latter and too little of the former.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 3, 2012
And why would Daniel Radcliffe a.k.a. Harry Potter agree to star in such a dreary slog? The answer's obvious: Voldemort made him do it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
February 2, 2012
One or two moments of genuinely unsettling horror fail to keep this 95-minute ghost story alive and moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
February 2, 2012
The frights don't exceed PG-13, and the color never brightens much past gray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
February 2, 2012
If you're looking to watch Daniel Radcliffe walk around a house and aren't necessarily looking for a deep or scary movie, than maybe this is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 2, 2012
I checked my watch a couple of times - there's a limit to how many times a spooky face at a window can startle us, and this film exceeds it...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
February 2, 2012
If there is a single haunted house or ghost story cliché that goes unexploited in The Woman in Black, I'd be surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 2, 2012
The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 3, 2012
Though it has the elements of an atmospheric chiller, it doesn't use them well enough to actually establish the atmosphere or the chills except in brief, occasional bursts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
February 10, 2012
Back and forth. Back and forth. There's not much plot for Daniel Radcliffe, so he tip-toes around looking for scares that don't add up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
February 3, 2012
Forget the ghostly woman in black. It's the glacial pace that's the killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
February 1, 2012
"What's most troubling is James Watkins' inability to craft a "real" scare...there are two should-be terrifying moments that fall completely flat on its face."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
February 3, 2012
It's a handsomely mounted picture, but empty when it comes to spectral inspiration, leaving Radcliffe to feign interest in the snoozy actions of a supposedly wicked witch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
February 2, 2012
If director James Watkins had kept things quiet and let the visuals speak for themselves, it would have made for a completely different, and far scarier, viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 9, 2012
The story has worked in performance before. As a stage play it has run and run. As a movie it plods and plods.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
June 21, 2012

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