'The Raven' Critic Reviews

76%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
23%
Rotten Tomatoes:   128 reviews
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    50
    Quoth The Raven, this is a bore
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Slotek Jam! Movies
    40
    For the most part, The Raven is propulsive, character-thin and plot-heavy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    60
    a darker, morose Midnight in Paris... without the time travel
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    A lumpy and uninvolving mess.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • JimmyO JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    50
    ...this might be appropriate for an evening at home on Blu-ray.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    75
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    50
    For a good hour or so, The Raven is gruesome, ludicrous fun. Then it's just ludicrous.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    Blandly generic in its images and atmosphere.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Rogers Suite101.com
    70
    Almost by accident amid its many idiotic attributes, it becomes an occasionally mournful tale of the pain and fear that powered Poe's life. It doesn't quite go deeper into his darkness peering. But it's also not a thriller at which you're jeering.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Noh Film Journal International
    Edgar Allan Poe, serial-killer hunter. That's the lamebrain concept of the eerie writer's mysterious final days in Baltimore as posited in this misdirected effort.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Sobczynski eFilmCritic.com
    20
    This was easily the least plausible and most nonsensical film I saw on this particular screening day and bear in mind that when I saw it, it was followed by "The Three Stooges."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Willie Waffle WaffleMovies.com
    50
    If it wasn't for Cusack, you would be sneaking out the back door of the theater to sneak into another showing of The Hunger Games.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jaime N. Christley Slant Magazine
    0
    While full of welcome gore and blood spatter, it's bankrupt of any creative spark.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Dustin Putman DustinPutman.com
    63
    A darkly sumptuous, exceedingly enticing murder mystery. John Cusack's turn as Poe is just plain terrific.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    17
    A dumb and cheesy period potboiler...Quoth this critic: It's a bore.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bob Bloom Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    50
    "The Raven" is simply ordinary, which is the death knell for a movie based on the works of a writer who contributed so much to American literature.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jim Judy Screen It!
    Let's just hope the "nevermore" part of Poe's original writing applies to any notion of "The Raven 2," "Son of the Raven" or "That's So Raven the Movie." (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Dujsik Mark Reviews Movies
    50
    It is a clever setup, too, making the constant sabotaging of it all the more frustrating.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle
    50
    The story has its moments, and yet there is something about this tale of a serial killer's patterning his crimes on Poe's most gruesome works that doesn't completely satisfy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    There's just no invention emerging from McTeigue, who submissively satisfies the basic needs of the script, failing to accelerate the funhouse atmosphere of 1840s Baltimore as it's hit from all sides by a literate lunatic.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tasha Robinson AV Club
    50
    The story gets increasingly conventional as it goes on, until Poe becomes just another action hero, following an increasingly illogical, National Treasure-esque set of clues through a series of confrontations.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Moira MacDonald Seattle Times
    63
    While I can't really defend this "Raven" as a good movie, I nonetheless enjoyed it...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News
    50
    The problem with "The Raven" is that ambitious as it sometimes is, it's never really scary.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Lozito Big Picture Big Sound
    63
    Part "Seven", part "From Hell", part "Sherlock Holmes", but despite its contrivances there are enough clever nods in the script to keep it interesting.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Shawn Levy Oregonian
    34
    The script is filled with expository dialogue, and you can't tell from the actors' approaches either what century they think they're in or what tone it's all meant to bear.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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