The Tall Man
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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 skeptical...until her young David disappears in the middle of night. Frantic to rescue the boy, Julia lives every parent's darkest nightmare in this twisting, shock-around-each-corner thriller from acclaimed director Pascal Laugier called The Tall Man. -- (C) Image

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

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"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
""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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"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."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"... can't decide if it wants to be 'High Tension,' 'Jeepers Creepers' or 'The Piped Piper of Hamelin' ... results are arty, jumbled and, ho-hum, Sunday School preachy."
‑ Glenn Lovell, CinemaDope
"Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The result is tedious instead of suspenseful."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
""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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Sight and Sound
"Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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