'The Raven' Critic Reviews

75%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
23%
Rotten Tomatoes:   128 reviews
  • 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
  • Widgett Walls Needcoffee.com
    10
    It's not even Edgar Allan Poe: Game of Shadows.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Daniel M. Kimmel New England Movies Weekly
    50
    Take away all the 19th century atmospherics, and this could be an episode of some contemporary TV crime drama.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) St. Paul Pioneer Press
    50
    Go to the library instead.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Verniere Boston Herald
    50
    Quoth The Raven, this is a bore
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Slotek Jam! Movies
    40
    For the most part, The Raven is propulsive, character-thin and plot-heavy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    60
    a darker, morose Midnight in Paris... without the time travel
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kurt Loder Reason Online
    A lumpy and uninvolving mess.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • JimmyO JoBlo's Movie Emporium
    50
    ...this might be appropriate for an evening at home on Blu-ray.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christopher Lloyd Sarasota Herald-Tribune
    75
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  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    50
    For a good hour or so, The Raven is gruesome, ludicrous fun. Then it's just ludicrous.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ethan Alter Television Without Pity
    Blandly generic in its images and atmosphere.
    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
  • Jaime N. Christley Slant Magazine
    0
    While full of welcome gore and blood spatter, it's bankrupt of any creative spark.
    Full Review » 2 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 » 2 years ago
  • Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion
    17
    A dumb and cheesy period potboiler...Quoth this critic: It's a bore.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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