Reviews

Feb 26, 2012
The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.
Feb 10, 2012
It all works reasonably well but the film lacks real punch.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 9, 2012
Director James Watkins expertly uses shadows and empty spaces to create a percolating sense of dread, and he waits until the last possible moment before allowing his audience the catharsis of a shock.
Feb 9, 2012
Some effective scares, but this is haunted house horror by numbers.
Feb 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.
Feb 7, 2012
'The Woman in Black' is old-fashioned, ornate, imposing, occasionally creaky - and possessed of more than a few enjoyably nasty surprises.
Feb 5, 2012
Check behind the doors. Switch on all the lights. You won't be sleeping soundly for a while.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 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.
Feb 3, 2012
As ghost stories go, this one isn't bad, but the filmmakers take an awfully long time getting to the actual plot, content to spend the first half of the movie doling out "boo!" moments...more than I've ever experienced in one motion picture!
Feb 3, 2012
It's silly and spelled out, but the fun house aspect remains.
Feb 3, 2012
A hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film in which being under 10 years old is not a good thing.
Feb 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.
Feb 3, 2012
The best ghost stories, from The Uninvited to The Sixth Sense, play to the heart, if not always to the head. The Woman in Black is at its best when playing to the nerves.
Feb 3, 2012
A disappointing post-Potter debut from Radcliffe, barely breathing in this musty, creaky chiller.