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The Woman in Black Reviews

Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

February 26, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

February 8, 2012
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 7, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 5, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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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.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

February 3, 2012
Adam Graham
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

February 3, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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A hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film in which being under 10 years old is not a good thing.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 3, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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A disappointing post-Potter debut from Radcliffe, barely breathing in this musty, creaky chiller.

Full Review Source: Newsday

February 3, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A creaky haunted-house story that's strong on creepy atmosphere but woefully deficient in the scare department.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

February 3, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The Woman in Black is a tasteful, old-school frightener, emphasizing suspense and foreboding over blood and guts.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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The frights don't exceed PG-13, and the color never brightens much past gray.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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This is an effective genre exercise, if not an especially inspired one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 2, 2012
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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If the story is laid out none too subtly, its straightforward purity is, finally, its greatest strength.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 2, 2012
Tom Horgen
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A skillful haunted-house film that will soon evaporate from your memory like the ghostly specter of its title.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2012
Bob Mondello
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 2, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The Woman in Black is a welcome addition to the old canon; renouncing innovation, embracing anachronism, it's almost The Artist of ghost movies.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 2, 2012
John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 2, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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About as scary as the haunted house your big cousins made in the basement...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 2, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2012
Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D+

February 2, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2012
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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An old-fashioned, tastefully constrained supernatural thriller...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

February 2, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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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.

Full Review Source: Slate

February 2, 2012
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2012
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 2, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2012
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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One or two moments of genuinely unsettling horror fail to keep this 95-minute ghost story alive and moving.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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[It] pushes all the right scary-movie buttons while creating a marvelously creepy atmosphere.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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The appeal of a good ol' ghost story is strong, and the simplicity of "The Woman in Black" suits the tradition.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

February 2, 2012
Leslie Felperin
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2012
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