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The Raven

Overview


Genre :

Thriller

Release Date :

April 27, 2012

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

James McTeigue

Starring :

John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Brendan Coyle, Kevin McNally, Pam Ferris, Dave Legeno

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2.5 of 4

“..worth seeing if only for Cusack's boozy turn as the odd bird writer..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
1 of 5

“..what a ridiculous proposition "The Raven" is..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
Review rate : C

“..viewers can be easily distracted by logistical mysteries..”
by Steve Persall [Tampa Bay Times]
2 of 4

“..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..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
2.5 of 4

“..the literate nature of much of the dialogue is undercut by the plot-by-numbers nature of the story arc..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
1.5 of 5

“..the director who stitched "The Raven" together has no idea how to frame or compose a scene, let alone "grow" a film organically..”
by Kathleen Murphy [MSN Movies]
2 of 5

“..seems incapable of delivering an intelligent film, but Cusack's flat performance is simply painful to watch..”
by Justin Strout [Orlando Weekly]
“..provide an ideal jumping-off point for this macabre entertainment..”
by J. R. Jones [Chicago Reader]
1 of 4

“..like a masterpiece compared to this incoherent hodgepodge from James McTeigue..”
by Peter Keough [Boston Phoenix]
1.5 of 4

“..lacks in narrative invention it makes up for by pushing the audience's face in blood, guts, and hacked flesh..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
1 of 4

“..it's all very silly, prompting much unintended audience laughter when it isn't just plain boring..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
2.5 of 5

“..does not settle on just one, preferring the usual moviemaking practice of multiplying effects until they pile up into a welter of breathless incident and preposterous exposition..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]

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