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The Raven Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
September 27, 2012
A bizarre mishmash of historical elements and subpar on-screen drama capped off with an underwhelming but serviceable performance from John Cusack
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
September 10, 2012
Despite Cuasck's occasional missteps as the writer, "The Raven" is an entertaining thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
August 22, 2012
A formulaic murder mystery and a blasé, unenlightening look at the life of Edgar Allan Poe that could really have used an imp of the perverse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Tyler Chase
Paste Magazine
May 3, 2012
Despite the best atmospheric clichés the filmmakers could conjure (lanterns, fog, sewers), there isn't much suspense because you don't care much for the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/10
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
We really should end with some contrived reference to a Poe story. No burial would be premature enough. Will that do?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
April 27, 2012
EMILLLLLLLLYYYYYYY!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
April 30, 2012
Let's just be sure that from now on we let poor Edgar rest in peace until we have a really good reason to disturb him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 5, 2012
The inherently likeable Cusack fares surprisingly well in one of his darkest roles, but The Raven's clever premise is totally undermined by James McTeigue's tactless, bumbling direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
March 19, 2012
It's shot in the mix-mastered style of the recent Sherlock Holmes TV series, but you'd still need to be pretty weak and weary to sit through this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
April 27, 2012
It's truly a shame that both the director and the screenwriters end up squandering what was an interesting concept and a handful of great performances
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 27, 2012
...this might be appropriate for an evening at home on Blu-ray.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 15, 2012
[Poe] probably deserved better than this movie which turns his heritage into a sub Se7en-style serial killer thriller blended with a bit of Scream for not-so-good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk
February 12, 2013
The Raven is a movie with its wings clipped; a murder mystery that feels strangely subdued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2012
"The Raven," a feverish costume thriller, attempts to explain Poe's death by cobbling together spare parts from thrillers about serial killers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 25, 2012
The Raven looks great and is well-paced, but a lack of a compelling resolution makes it an anemic effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 26, 2012
Quoth the raven: "Eh."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
March 8, 2012
McTeigue's film inhabits a middle ground of being too morose for a crowd-pleaser in the style of Sherlock Holmes yet not dark enough for those wanting a seriously disturbing serial killer pic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
March 8, 2012
Cusack is fine as Poe but let down by a routine script that doesn't conjure up a character of great intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 27, 2012
Poe, not Conan Doyle? Cusack, not Downey? No wit, no fun, no engaging derring do? Beg pardon, Watson, we've stumbled into some foggy crime detective clone, 40 years too early. Best to move along ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
April 25, 2012
The director who stitched The Raven together has no idea how to frame or compose a scene, let alone 'grow' a film organically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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