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The Woman in Black Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
February 26, 2012
The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 8, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
February 7, 2012
'The Woman in Black' is old-fashioned, ornate, imposing, occasionally creaky - and possessed of more than a few enjoyably nasty surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 5, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 3, 2012
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.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
February 3, 2012
The Woman in Black is your standard-issue ghost story, gussied up in period garb to make it look like a prestige picture.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 3, 2012
None of it's new, but it's fun particularly because - like those Hammer films of yore - it peoples its great sets with solid actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 3, 2012
A hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film in which being under 10 years old is not a good thing.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 3, 2012
There's little that's new, revealing or stylish about this basic-black horror story, but if you've got a Goth sensibility, it might suit you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 3, 2012
A disappointing post-Potter debut from Radcliffe, barely breathing in this musty, creaky chiller.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 3, 2012
Though Radcliffe occasionally seems too stiffly callow to be completely convincing in this grown-up role, the movie is a proficient thriller with a potential appeal beyond the star's fan-girl audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 3, 2012
A creaky haunted-house story that's strong on creepy atmosphere but woefully deficient in the scare department.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 3, 2012
Watkins knows how to make a body jump out of its skin, even if he does use the face-reflected-in-the-mirror/window trick once too often. At the same time, the film is kind of, well, silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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William Goss
Film.com
February 3, 2012
If this is what disposable modern horror is going to look like, I'll take the classical frights of The Woman in Black over the herky-jerky hokum of The Devil Inside any day.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 2, 2012
The Woman in Black is a tasteful, old-school frightener, emphasizing suspense and foreboding over blood and guts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2012
This is an effective genre exercise, if not an especially inspired one.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
February 2, 2012
If the story is laid out none too subtly, its straightforward purity is, finally, its greatest strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 2, 2012
A skillful haunted-house film that will soon evaporate from your memory like the ghostly specter of its title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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February 2, 2012
The director uses time-honored techniques to keep you on edge, every one of which graced Hammer films of yore. But happily for the picture, there's a reason they're time-honored.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2012
The Woman in Black is a welcome addition to the old canon; renouncing innovation, embracing anachronism, it's almost The Artist of ghost movies.
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 2, 2012
The landscape is dire, the architecture is haunted, children disappear by the dozens and antique toys inexplicably spark to life. That Mr. Radcliffe doesn't is part of the problem.
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
February 2, 2012
About as scary as the haunted house your big cousins made in the basement...
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 2, 2012
The director, James Watkins, appears to have studied other movies' bumps in the night and accepted the real estate and clammy skin loaned to him by the Hammer studios, which, not incidentally, receive a production credit.
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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 2, 2012
The Woman in Black doesn't break new ground, but in its suggestions of fine film ghost stories, it works you over with riveting restraint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 2, 2012
An old-fashioned, tastefully constrained supernatural thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dana Stevens
Slate
February 2, 2012
All I know is, when I had to walk down a dark hallway at home the night I came back from seeing it? Reader, I ran.
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 2, 2012
What begins as something akin to Robert Wise's The Haunting becomes something more like James Wan's recent Insidious, which makes The Woman in Black a multi-generational horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 2, 2012
Schooled in the art of the quiet boo, Mr. Watkins fills the film with squeaking doors and floorboards, pools of black, long silences and an assortment of moldering toys.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 2, 2012
Though Radcliffe is our eyes and ears, he rarely speaks. It's not easy to carry an entire film in which your job is primarily to react, but he handles the task with impressive confidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
February 2, 2012
[It] pushes all the right scary-movie buttons while creating a marvelously creepy atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 2, 2012
Just about the only trick the movie doesn't resort to is The Screaming Cat That Jumps Out of Nowhere, although there is a pesky crow fond of cawing suddenly in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2012
The film, a handsome nerve-jangler co-produced under the storied Hammer horror banner, amps up the scares without turning them into something completely stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 2, 2012
A reminder that often what scares us most isn't the gruesome or the gory, but the sounds in a dark house that we can't explain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
February 2, 2012
The appeal of a good ol' ghost story is strong, and the simplicity of "The Woman in Black" suits the tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
February 2, 2012
Without Radcliffe at the center looking scared out of his wits, The Woman In Black would seem even slighter than it already does.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2012
Not since young Hutter arrived at Orlok's castle in "Nosferatu" has a journey to a dreaded house been more fearsome than the one in "The Woman in Black."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
January 25, 2012
Fittingly for the first film shot in England in 35 years to bear the Hammer banner, The Woman in Black competently resurrects that hoariest of horror-movie conceits, the haunted house.