The Woman in Black


The Woman in Black

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Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills -- although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to more modern, high-stakes horror.



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A young lawyer (Radcliffe) travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorner woman is terrorizing the locals. -- (C) CBS Films

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Daniel Radcliffe
as Arthur Kipps
Ciarán Hinds
as Samuel Daily
Janet McTeer
as Mrs. Daily
Liz White
as Jennet Humfrye
David Burke
as PC Collins
Sophie Stuckey
as Stella Kipps
Roger Allam
as Bentley
Misha Handley
as Joseph Kipps
Lucy May Barker
as Nursemaid
Indira Ainger
as Little Girl on Train
Andy Robb
as Doctor
Mary Stockley
as Mrs. Fisher
Alexia Osborne
as Victoria Hardy
Harmon Ellisa
as Fisher Girl
Alfie Field
as Tom Hardy
as Fisher Girl
William Tobin
as Charlie Hardy
Victor McGuire
as Gerald Hardy
Cathy Sara
as Mrs. Jerome
Tim McMullan
as Mr. Jerome
Alisa Khazanova
as Mrs. Drablow
Ashley Foster
as Nathaniel Drablow
Aoife Doherty
as Lucy Jerome
Sidney Johnston
as Nicholas Daily
Emma Shorey Molly
as Fisher Girl
Molly Harmon
as Fisher Girl
Ellisa Walker-Reid
as Fisher Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Woman in Black

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  • The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.

    Feb 26, 2012 | Full Review…
  • [A] busy, bustling ghost story that at times appears less indebted to the Susan Hill bestseller than the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland.

    Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Top Critic
  • It takes quite a time before the pieces of a poisonous puzzle appear, and when they do, they don't always fall into place with clarity.

    Feb 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • 'The Woman in Black' is old-fashioned, ornate, imposing, occasionally creaky - and possessed of more than a few enjoyably nasty surprises.

    Feb 7, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The star's job description is that he be able to react convincingly to a variety of supernatural events and to endure being covered in mud. He has difficulty with neither.

    Feb 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Haunted house movies basically live and die by their atmospherics and by the consequences to those poor mortals who come too close to the premises, and The Woman in Black delivers on both counts.

    Feb 3, 2012 | Full Review…

    Alonso Duralde

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Woman in Black

Really didn't expect to like this, but I did. Really creepy once it gets going and I loved the ending.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Nicely old-fashioned, beautifully shot and with quite a few goosebump inducing scenes. Only the ending falls a bit short.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

This is a CBS film, and a Hammer Film production. That should already tell you everything you need to know about the quality of this supposedly gothic horror film. The effects are horrible in this film, whether it's the obvious green screen driving scenes, the bad after effects fog in the beginning, or the ghostly effects, which look atrocious. There is no logic in this film whatsoever. There's a terrible secret in a small English town, and when solicitor Kipps (Radcliffe) goes there, his actual presence could threaten lives. Does anyone tell him the terrible secret and save people's lives? No, because....? Then there's the scenes when Kipps is in this old, haunted mansion doing paperwork, and he repeatedly does stupid things. He sees a face in the window, and he goes to that window. He sees a creepy image at the front door from the upstairs window, and then opens the door. Every character is idiotic in their choices. There's no backstory except for the one that Kipps unearths in the house. We don't learn about the family's relationship, who Jennet really is or what she wants in the afterlife, and nothing gets answered. There's no logic, and there's no answers. There's constant jump scares, which is the only element of the film that's actually scary. These jump scares are never well done either, because most of them don't even include the ghostly presence of the woman in black. There's literally a jump scare every two minutes in this film, and you're always aware they are going to occur. The ending, in the midst of a lack of logic, also makes no sense and simply ends without explanation. This entire film is one big let-down, and if it doesn't endlessly frustrate you, then you must be a saint.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Daniel Radcliffe, channeling Peter Cushing, visits a moldy old house away out on the moors. There's a secret tragedy there, disgruntled locals, and terrible outcomes in this poetic return of the Hammer films of old. If you enjoy your ghost stories, chasing shadows, and enjoy them sad and melancholic, creepy and foreboding, this is just the ticket, the best I've seen in this genre since The Others. While not replete with a scare-a-second like a thrill park ride perhaps this does fully embrace the "it was a dark and stormy night" aesthetic that so invigorates.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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