The Tall Man Reviews

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August 31, 2012
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.
August 31, 2012
Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.
August 31, 2012
"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.
August 30, 2012
"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.
August 30, 2012
The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.
August 30, 2012
It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.
July 30, 2019
Half-baked and dismally executed.
July 2, 2019
The Tall Man's twists and turns make for a fun time, but its attempts at provocation fail miserably. Laugier's ambitions are commendable, but they just don't succeed.
February 4, 2016
A colossal waste of time built around tricking us with illogical plot twists, and a convoluted hard to follow narrative.
July 17, 2013
There's plenty to like about it in hindsight once it's all laid out, but it isn't enough to lift this mystery-thriller out of the realm of the mundane.
July 11, 2013
Laugier's design is clear enough that you may find yourself going back to reinterpret early scenes in the film, then arguing about its deeper implications.
February 4, 2013
The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files.
November 15, 2012
for all this thriller's tautness, its true horror emerges from the uncomfortable ethical questions that it poses - and leaves us to answer for ourselves in the dark.
October 5, 2012
The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory.
October 4, 2012
Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction.
September 15, 2012
Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud.
September 8, 2012
... can't decide if it wants to be 'High Tension,' 'Jeepers Creepers' or 'The Piped Piper of Hamelin' ... results are arty, jumbled and, ho-hum, Sunday School preachy.
September 7, 2012
The result is tedious instead of suspenseful.
September 4, 2012
Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise.
September 2, 2012
Leaving behind any trace of her eye-candy image, Jessica Biel delivers the performance of her career in 'The Tall Man.'
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