The Raven Reviews

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April 28, 2012
Basically a well-researched but formulaic mystery centered on one of those nyah-nyah serial killers we've seen a thousand times.
April 28, 2012
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.
April 27, 2012
Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure.
April 27, 2012
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.
April 27, 2012
It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' "
April 27, 2012
For a good hour or so, The Raven is gruesome, ludicrous fun. Then it's just ludicrous.
February 28, 2019
John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe is immensely watchable, but the story is downgraded to a bog-standard thriller.
February 21, 2019
There's no reason to see The Raven. It's an unoriginal plot that you've seen a hundred times before. The performances are lackluster and the direction is uninspired.
February 2, 2019
The Raven, however, is very serious, and the dissonance between its dramatic intentions, its events and its execution generates something of a mess.
December 19, 2018
Audiences new to Edgar Allan Poe's work will comes away from McTeigue's trite thriller with little understanding of the man himself, the times he lived him, or his hugely influential canon.
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