The Woman in Black Reviews

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May 23, 2018
This movie felt like warmed over goodness, rather than something fresh and spicy.
August 22, 2012
A thin movie on every level, not particularly frightening, and a disappointing use of all the talent involved. ... No points for Gryffindor.
May 10, 2012
If you're looking for nail-biting horror and suspense, this isn't the ticket. But it is a nicely filmed atmospheric study in the Gothic. Mostly, "The Woman in Black" shows that Radcliffe will have no problem shedding his Potter image.
March 4, 2012
Mopey, po-faced rubbish.
February 19, 2012
... offering nothing new and little that is frightening or unsettling...
February 17, 2012
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February 16, 2012
There's a lifeless vacuum at the heart of this ghost story. Radcliffe be thy name.
February 13, 2012
Director James Watkins conjures a spooky atmosphere (a long overnight sequence in the house is like 'The Evil Dead,' done straight), but relies too much on loud noises and other 'Boo!' effects
February 11, 2012
Many stupid things have been said in movies, horror movies in particular. But 'I think I'll work through the night' from 'The Woman in Black' has got to be near the top of the list.
February 10, 2012
Director James Watkins piles on the old-fashioned Hammer Horror atmosphere, all fog and mist and shadows, but a few jump-out-of-your-seat startles and a running motif about children doing something very terribly unnatural don't add up to much.
February 10, 2012
Back and forth. Back and forth. There's not much plot for Daniel Radcliffe, so he tip-toes around looking for scares that don't add up.
February 10, 2012
Radcliffe's failings are highlighted by lively performances from Hinds and Janet McTeer, the latter playing Daily's deranged wife.
February 9, 2012
The story has worked in performance before. As a stage play it has run and run. As a movie it plods and plods.
February 9, 2012
Some effective scares, but this is haunted house horror by numbers.
Top Critic
February 8, 2012
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.
February 6, 2012
The repetitive cheap thrills tend to suffocate the more intriguing mystery at the core of the story.
February 5, 2012
This is a limp, lifeless horror movie with no scares dressed up as a "Art House" movie.
February 5, 2012
There's a difference between being scared and being startled ... It's too bad that director James Watkins fills The Woman in Black with far more of the latter and too little of the former.
February 5, 2012
If only the denouement wasn't so forgone, didn't revel in familiarity while also telegraphing its scares like a second-rate John Carpenter B-movie.
February 5, 2012
Radcliffe's only acting challenge is to look always scared.
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