The Raven (2012)

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Critic 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.

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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
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R
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$16,000,000.00
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Cast

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

All Critics (130) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Denver Post
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Director James McTeigue has no feel for humor or terror, making what could have been a witty pastiche into another cheesy slice-and-dice horror flick.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' "

Full Review… | April 27, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Raven

½

Clunky, and overwrought, in spite of a wonderful cast. The movie didn't really flow all that well, and the premise was short on substance. I usually like John Cusack, but I did not relate to his interpretation of Poe...not at all.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

I've seen lots of TV adaptations of this one as a kid. I wasn't disappointed to see the same plot again since years had passed. The story wasn't perfect, but it was executed alright. Adding the Edgar Allen Poe character wasn't effective enough, though. And I reckon that shortening its length by ~20 minutes would have helped. A drag at times, overall it wasn't so painful to sit through. The casting was not a problem for me. In fact, it only made it only made it better. The leading actors did justice to their characters. Check it out for yourself & see how far it disappoints you. 4.5/10

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

I see what they were going for I just didn't care all that much about the journey. The film was too dark half of the time causing me to strain my eyes just trying to make out what was going on. The characters were all pretty one note. It's a plain jane whodunnit that doesn't do anything original with all the potential it has just by being a period thriller featuring Poe.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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