The Tall Man

2012

The Tall Man (2012)

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In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace - abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man." Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems skeptical...until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier called The Tall Man. -- (C) Image

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If you're a parent who ever, for one cold-sweat second, lost sight of your child at a playground - "The Tall Man" will tap into your darkest fears. And then make them even darker.

Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.

Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

"The Tall Man" spits out enough scares and twists to maintain our interest, but the film's psycho-sociological layer is almost as cheesy and unconvincing as its low-rent action scenes.

Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"The Tall Man" opens like a ghost story and closes with its feet firmly in the real world. Until then, Pascal Laugier's chilly little thriller manhandles our sympathies and gladdens our eyes in almost equal measure.

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.

Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: B
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An outrageous and painfully despicable piece of garbage that has no understanding of pacing and offers one of the most morally disgusting pseudo-sociological messages ever committed to celluloid - which leads me to think that Laugier is just as repulsive as his work. (Zero stars)

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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One of those rare cinematic treats wherein the work is so bad one desires to reach out and flail the offenders as badly as one felt oneself assailed. I'm going with the director/writer as the major perpetrator of this assault on one's innocence, although the film's star seems suspiciously culpable as well. A vomiting in your face that begs Biblical vengeance, steer far clear of this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Not a horror movie. Definitely an original. I think that it bothered me that they played it up so well the first half of the film as something really horrifying happening, then it turns out not to be the case. Points for originality, I guess...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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"I thought it was going to be good little scary flick, it wasn't. BUT, it was a decent thriller. The film has you thinking one thing and then flips the script and goes another way. I won't lie, I was surprised by the twist. But after the twist was revealed everything from there on was easy enough to figure out. Still a movie worth seeing at least once. The acting wasn't too bad. I like Jessica Biel. I thought she did well with her part."

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