'The Raven' Critic Reviews
Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Film Freak Central
I'd say that nine bucks is probably also the current going rate for Livingston & Shakespeare's next script.
A bizarre mishmash of historical elements and subpar on-screen drama capped off with an underwhelming but serviceable performance from John Cusack
We Got This Covered
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.
Despite Cuasck's occasional missteps as the writer, "The Raven" is an entertaining thriller.
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.
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.
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.
Sacramento News & Review
... one of the most moronically stupid screenplays since the advent of talking pictures ...
The only real imagination in the whole film comes late--in the rather terrifically designed end titles.
John Cusack is very much miscast here. He was about as believable as Matthew Broderick would be as Abraham Lincoln.
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Directed with no mystery or imagination...
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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.
Killer Movie Reviews
An infuriating mix of amateurish writing and flowery antique speech; of sublime romance and hopeless pedantry; of atmospheric melancholy and risible smugness
Jackie K. Cooper
A movie that relies totally on the talent of John Cusack Hopefully nevermore.
Reel Film Reviews
The Raven can't quite live up to the promise of its irresistibly high-concept premise.
The maniac on the loose i less Jack the Ripper than a literarily inclined nobody, and not even a butler, to boot.
Salt Lake Tribune
Did Nicolas Cage finally say "no" to a cheesy role? It looks like John Cusack got to this one first.
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.
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.
...a by-the-book spook show
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.
The movie doesn't get at, not even nearly, how Edgar Allan Poe's dilemma is complicated by the vexing pleasures of crass entertainments.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
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.