The Woman in Black Reviews

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February 26, 2012
The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.
February 10, 2012
It all works reasonably well but the film lacks real punch.
February 9, 2012
[A] busy, bustling ghost story that at times appears less indebted to the Susan Hill bestseller than the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland.
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 7, 2012
'The Woman in Black' is old-fashioned, ornate, imposing, occasionally creaky - and possessed of more than a few enjoyably nasty surprises.
February 5, 2012
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.
February 3, 2012
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.
February 3, 2012
The Woman in Black is your standard-issue ghost story, gussied up in period garb to make it look like a prestige picture.
February 3, 2012
None of it's new, but it's fun particularly because - like those Hammer films of yore - it peoples its great sets with solid actors.
February 3, 2012
A hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film in which being under 10 years old is not a good thing.
February 3, 2012
There's little that's new, revealing or stylish about this basic-black horror story, but if you've got a Goth sensibility, it might suit you.
February 3, 2012
A disappointing post-Potter debut from Radcliffe, barely breathing in this musty, creaky chiller.
February 3, 2012
Though Radcliffe occasionally seems too stiffly callow to be completely convincing in this grown-up role, the movie is a proficient thriller with a potential appeal beyond the star's fan-girl audience.
February 3, 2012
A creaky haunted-house story that's strong on creepy atmosphere but woefully deficient in the scare department.
February 3, 2012
Watkins knows how to make a body jump out of its skin, even if he does use the face-reflected-in-the-mirror/window trick once too often. At the same time, the film is kind of, well, silly.
February 3, 2012
If this is what disposable modern horror is going to look like, I'll take the classical frights of The Woman in Black over the herky-jerky hokum of The Devil Inside any day.
February 2, 2012
The Woman in Black is a tasteful, old-school frightener, emphasizing suspense and foreboding over blood and guts.
February 2, 2012
The frights don't exceed PG-13, and the color never brightens much past gray.
February 2, 2012
This is an effective genre exercise, if not an especially inspired one.
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