The Tall Man
The Tall Man (2012)

In an isolated, slowly dying mining town, children are vanishing without a trace - abducted, the townsfolk whisper, by a mysterious entity known locally as "The Tall Man." Town nurse Julia Denning (Jessica Biel) seems… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 25, 2012
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

"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.

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Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

"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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.

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Anton Bitel
Sight and Sound

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Not a horror movie. Definitely an original. I think that it bothered me that they played it up so well the first half of the film as something really horrifying… More
Manu Gino
Fear Takes a New Shape Average Movie! The First half of the movie is really enjoyable as it's a complete thriller about a town, a woman, missing children… More
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"I thought it was going to be good little scary flick, it wasn't. BUT, it was a decent thriller. The film has you thinking one thing and then flips… More
Carlos Magalh„es
An outrageous and painfully despicable garbage that has no understanding of pacing and presents one of the most morally disgusting pseudo-sociological messages… More
Greg S
A decaying mining town blames a plague of child abductions on a legendary figure called "the Tall Man." Starts out as a formula horror movie, but an… More
Dann Michalski
The dark suspense thriller The Tall Man is an interesting and atmospheric film. The story follows a rash of kidnappings in a small mining town that spurs an… More