The Raven

2012

The Raven

Critics Consensus

Thinly scripted, unevenly acted, and overall preposterous, The Raven disgraces the legacy of Edgar Allen Poe with a rote murder mystery that's more silly than scary.

22%

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Total Count: 138

46%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 102,548
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The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death - in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe's darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer's mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe's brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe's love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target. Intrepid Pictures' The Raven also stars Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. -- (C) Relativity

Cast

Luke Evans
as Inspector Emmit Fields
John Cusack
as Edgar Allan Poe
Brendan Gleeson
as Colonel Hamilton
Alice Eve
as Emily
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
as John Cantrell
Jimmy Yuill
as Captain Elderidge
Pam Ferris
as Mrs. Bradley
Adrian Rawlins
as Doc Clements
Aidan Feore
as Stage Manager
Michael Cronin
as Old Gentleman
Michael Poole
as Professor
Michael Shannon
as Dr. Morgan
Charity Wakefield
as Field's Maid
John Warnaby
as Griswold
Matt Slack
as Sailor
Ian Virgo
as Fire Marshall
Michael Fourticq
as Bookseller
Jasmina Ilic
as Older Tenement Woman (Dead)
Teodora Uveric
as Young Tenement Woman (Dead)
Kristof Farkas
as Wretching Student
Luka Nijatovic
as Small Boy
Jozsef Talas
as Sherry Merchant
Matt Devere
as Hamilton's Security Guard
Sergej Trifunovic
as Salty Sailor
Milos Djuricic
as Porter - Paris
Michael Kelly
as Party Reveler
Bojan Peric
as Officer at Precinct
Ana Sofrenovic
as Lady Macbeth
Steve Agnew
as Doctor in "Macbeth"
Malina Nikolic
as Gentlewoman in "Macbeth"
Miklos Kapacsy
as Headline Man 1
Andrew Hefler
as Headline Man 2
Pierre Jaurin
as French Officer
Tamara Krcunovic
as Doc Clements' Maid
Jason Ryan
as Crew Member
Antal Publik
as Cardinal
Laszlo Kontal
as Breathless Tenement Man
Mark Phelan
as Barfly 1
Adam Foldi
as Church Secretary
Dejan Cubrilov
as Maurice Robichaux
Máté Haumann
as Uniformed Guard
Péter Fancsikai
as Young Man Skeleton
Sava Rapic
as Servant
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Critic Reviews for The Raven

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (108)

  • Basically a well-researched but formulaic mystery centered on one of those nyah-nyah serial killers we've seen a thousand times.

    Apr 28, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • It lingers intolerably on some inessential scenes, rushes through others, and fails to provide any motivation either for Poe's devoted (albeit fictional) love, or the film's archvillain.

    Apr 28, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure.

    Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • The subject matter screams out for cleverness and depth, the sort of mind-bending twists and satisfying darkness that Poe himself would love. It finds them only in small doses.

    Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' "

    Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: 3.5 | Full Review…
  • For a good hour or so, The Raven is gruesome, ludicrous fun. Then it's just ludicrous.

    Apr 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for The Raven

  • Apr 27, 2015
    A lot better than I thought it would be. Though the first half hour or so isn't particularly entertaining, I ended up being interested soon after. I have to say, Cusack is a very good Poe. Worth checking out if you're looking for something different.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2013
    In "The Raven," it turns out that Edgar Allan Poe(John Cusack) has more important things to worry about in Baltimore in 1849 than his writer's block, not being able to buy a drink in a bar, and the threats from the father(Brendan Gleeson) of his girlfriend Emily(Alice Eve). That's because there is a murderer on the loose. Since Frank Pembleton is not yet on the police force, Inspector Fields(Luke Evans) is on the case, discerning some parallels between the gruesome deaths and Poe's work. And that's only the beginning... Unlike "The Following," "The Raven" certainly knows its Poe, if not its Jules Verne. Nor is it that badly staged. But I am sad to say that maybe for the first time that John Cusack gave a performance that was not only bad, but one that took the movie down with it; when in fact it required somebody who could chew on the scenery raw, like say Nicolas Cage. Luke Evans does what he can but Brendan Gleeson is somehow left with little to do. Plus, the derivative story does not make any kind of sense with its cliched damsel in distress.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2013
    This was such a convoluted movie. A convoluted movie that I really wanted to like, but its plot contrivances are simply too much for one to really enjoy the movie. I thought there was something here with John Cusack being a narcissistic, antagonizing drunkard and insulting everyone. But, quickly, they remove this from the equation to thrust him into the series of murders inspired by his works. There's just no real inspiration to the storytelling and it's like no real effort is made into making sure that it makes SOME sort of sense. Of course, they're also going for a stylish, gothic look more than actually telling an intelligent or gripping story. I mean I suppose tying the murders to Poe's stories makes it more interesting to some, but all it does is make you want to read the original stories more than it gets you invested in the story this movie is trying to tell. The movie is, at least, nice to look at and that, probably, more than anything else makes the movie FEEL better than it actually is. That visual polish simply isn't enough for me though. The thing about this movie is that, even with its silly contrivances, it is a movie that is easy to get into. I can see many more people enjoying this film much more than I did, and that's completely fine. I just felt that the story was WAY too generic and predictable for it to be any good. It is slightly below average, so you could do much worse than this film.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2013
    This was supposedly a thriller directed by James McTeigue and based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare... but, really, didn't thrilled me much! Nor John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and Luke Evans could do anything for me . The story is set in 1849, and it is another (I'm getting sick of them) fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life. The plot is the poet's pursue of a serial killer whose murders mirror those in Poe's stories, and after watching what the writers and the director had to offer I will have one suggestion only: stick to the real life of famous people - that way at least you have a shot... this way, no wonder, the film barely made back its budget. Some visual effects were noticeable, as was the musical score by Lucas Vidal, and I liked the perfectly chosen locations in Belgrade and Budapest where the movie was filmed... but everything else, from various twists and turns of the plot to the performances could be described as flat and dull! I would not write too much about it, but at the end I could not see the purpose of making this movie - you have an outstanding poet and from his life and his poetry you take few verses in some insignificant scene and spoil the rest of the film with fictional chase of a kidnapper?! Why? He had a colourful life and he was a colourful character but all I could see in this movie were shades of boring grey!
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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