The Raven
The Raven (2012)

The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death - in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Poe's… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 9, 2012
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thinly scripted, unevenly acted, and overall preposterous, The Raven disgraces the legacy of Edgar Allen Poe with a rote murder mystery that's more silly than scary.

Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Basically a well-researched but formulaic mystery centered on one of those nyah-nyah serial killers we've seen a thousand times.

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John Wenzel
Denver Post

The subject matter screams out for cleverness and depth, the sort of mind-bending twists and satisfying darkness that Poe himself would love. It finds them only in small doses.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

A crudely written and wholly uninspired thriller that's unlikely to win anyone over to the horror master's oeuvre.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It lingers intolerably on some inessential scenes, rushes through others, and fails to provide any motivation either for Poe's devoted (albeit fictional) love, or the film's archvillain.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director James McTeigue has no feel for humor or terror, making what could have been a witty pastiche into another cheesy slice-and-dice horror flick.

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Ali Gray
TheShiznit.co.uk

The Raven is a movie with its wings clipped; a murder mystery that feels strangely subdued.

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Eric D. Snider
Film.com

Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure.

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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com

It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' "

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Tim Grierson
Deadspin

The problem is that "The Raven" is all surface. The movie is nothing but its fun idea, without much development or ingenuity

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Clunky, and overwrought, in spite of a wonderful cast. The movie didn't really flow all that well, and the premise was short on substance. I usually like… More
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three stars
familiar stranger
I've seen lots of TV adaptations of this one as a kid. I wasn't disappointed to see the same plot again since years had passed. The story wasn't… More
Bruce Bruce
Whats to say other then Outstanding. John Cusack best role and movie to date. 5 stars
Jason Spencer
I see what they were going for I just didn't care all that much about the journey. The film was too dark half of the time causing me to strain my eyes just… More
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"I'm not going to lie. I love John Cusack. He's has been a favorite of mine as long as I have been watching his films. But I was disappointed… More