'The Raven' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   3 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   128 reviews
  • 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Kimberly Gadette Doddle
    40
    Poe, not Conan Doyle? Cusack, not Downey? No wit, no fun, no engaging derring do? Beg pardon, Watson, we've stumbled into some foggy crime detective clone, 40 years too early. Best to move along ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire HitFix
    42
    What's of slightly greater concern than the movie itself is just what the hell has happened to [John] Cusack's career.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Levin Film School Rejects
    63
    Why resurrect an American literary giant onscreen so he can help a police investigation? Sure, Poe essentially invented the detective genre, but come on.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Tallerico HollywoodChicago.com
    20
    Taking the two hours of your life that it would take to see The Raven and reading anything by the man who inspired it would be a smarter use of your time. And you'd be less likely to fall asleep.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg FEARnet
    70
    Despite a handful of narrative missteps and a few errant accents, it's actually a pretty compelling "what if?" story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Patches Hollywood.com
    20
    EMILLLLLLLLYYYYYYY!
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Gary Wolcott Tri-City Herald
    40
    Quoth the Raven - nevermore. it seems like good advice because nothing in this movie is worth ravin' about.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Leonard Maltin Leonard Maltin's Picks
    ...the dark-hued film is so grisly and unpleasant that when the mystery is finally solved, the only satisfaction derives from knowing that it's over.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Widgett Walls Needcoffee.com
    10
    It's not even Edgar Allan Poe: Game of Shadows.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Matt Pais RedEye
    50
    Given the option, you'd skip to the end, read the last few pages and move along.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    34
    ...the killer's 'diabolical' use of the victimized writer's imagination and the revelation of his identity seem utterly random, like the screenwriters put plot elements on a whiteboard then never bothered to try and weave them together in intriguing ways.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robin Clifford Reeling Reviews
    50
    The period look is dead on and adds to the moody atmosphere of "The Raven," as does art direction, costume design and makeup. Unfortunately, looks alone do not make a film. A good story is needed, too.
    Full Review » 2 years ago