'The Raven' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
23%
Rotten Tomatoes:   128 reviews
  • Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope
    50
    Even though this film has more than its share of dark, gruesome elements, there is also enough of a sense of playfulness in it to help make it entertaining.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Walter Chaw Film Freak Central
    0
    I'd say that nine bucks is probably also the current going rate for Livingston & Shakespeare's next script.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ben Kendrick ScreenRant
    30
    A bizarre mishmash of historical elements and subpar on-screen drama capped off with an underwhelming but serviceable performance from John Cusack
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kristal Cooper We Got This Covered
    75
    It's silly, has plot holes big enough to drive a truck through and is little more than a gothic version of Law & Order, yet it has a macabre charm that will keep you interested for the film's duration.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Justin Craig FoxNews.com
    50
    Despite Cuasck's occasional missteps as the writer, "The Raven" is an entertaining thriller.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Witney Seibold CraveOnline
    65
    Entertaining and fun to be sure, despite it's goofy premise. But it's not nearly as chilling as reading Poe's stories for yourself.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Bibbiani CraveOnline
    35
    A formulaic murder mystery and a blase, unenlightening look at the life of Edgar Allan Poe that could really have used an imp of the perverse.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Paul Chambers CNNRadio
    59
    For mystery lovers, there isn't much to do except watch the story play out. A distinct shortage of suspects could mean guessing the killer's identity won't be much of a challenge for fans of the genre.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Denerstein Movie Habit
    Cusack is miscast as Poe
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    20
    ... one of the most moronically stupid screenplays since the advent of talking pictures ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Michael Dequina TheMovieReport.com
    50
    The only real imagination in the whole film comes late--in the rather terrifically designed end titles.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Austin Kennedy Sin Magazine
    50
    John Cusack is very much miscast here. He was about as believable as Matthew Broderick would be as Abraham Lincoln.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
    50
    Directed with no mystery or imagination...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
    70
    If you take it as agreeably macabre nonsense, yes, you might enjoy it. If you're going to have a conniption fit over every historical inaccuracy, however, give it a pass.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrea Chase Killer Movie Reviews
    40
    An infuriating mix of amateurish writing and flowery antique speech; of sublime romance and hopeless pedantry; of atmospheric melancholy and risible smugness
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean Means Salt Lake Tribune
    38
    Did Nicolas Cage finally say "no" to a cheesy role? It looks like John Cusack got to this one first.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    40
    A movie that relies totally on the talent of John Cusack Hopefully nevermore.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    The Raven can't quite live up to the promise of its irresistibly high-concept premise.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    30
    The maniac on the loose i less Jack the Ripper than a literarily inclined nobody, and not even a butler, to boot.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kelly Vance East Bay Express
    Fails to fully catch the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe, but it's better than the majority of films his name has been attached to.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tyler Chase Paste Magazine
    48
    Despite the best atmospheric cliches the filmmakers could conjure (lanterns, fog, sewers), there isn't much suspense because you don't care much for the characters.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rick Kisonak Film Threat
    Movies simply do not get more ham-handed and hackneyed than this. Somewhere, Edgar Allan Poe is spinning in his grave. And somewhere, the folks who dole out Razzies are taking note.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cynthia Fuchs PopMatters
    40
    The movie doesn't get at, not even nearly, how Edgar Allan Poe's dilemma is complicated by the vexing pleasures of crass entertainments.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Gibron Filmcritic.com
    50
    ...a by-the-book spook show
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Common Sense Media
    60
    Even if the story itself isn't particularly Poe-like, Poe is a great character, and even if the mystery isn't exactly brilliant, it's perfectly serviceable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago