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  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Woman in Black doesn't break new ground, but in its suggestions of fine film ghost stories, from "The Innocents" to "The Others" and "The Orphanage," it works you over with riveting restraint. show more

  • 50
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    If, in the end, the movie fails to generate much beyond several crackling jump scares and a nicely gothic mise-en-scene, it has enough mood, and enough Radcliffe, to carry us through the mist. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    As opposed to modern horror flicks like the "Saw" movies, where gruesome violence can almost blunt fears, The Woman in Black is a tasteful, old-school frightener, emphasizing suspense and foreboding over blood and guts. show more

  • 60
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    The landscape is dire, the architecture is haunted, children disappear by the dozens and antique toys inexplicably spark to life. That Mr. Radcliffe doesn't is part of the problem. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Though "Woman" never rises above its status as a traditional genre thriller, that's perfectly fine. It was made with intelligence and commitment, and it achieves its goal: to keep us looking over our shoulders long after we've left. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    "No Country for Young Kids" would be just as suitable a title for The Woman in Black, a hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film. show more

  • 70
    Bob Mondello NPR

    There's not a lot that's new about the terrors he faces - the director uses time-honored techniques to keep you on edge, every one of which graced Hammer films of yore. But happily for the picture, there's a reason they're time-honored. And keep you on edge, they definitely do. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The pleasures of the period ghost story The Woman in Black are something like the creepy shiver of delight you get from Edward Gorey's illustrated poem "The Gashlycrumb Tinies." show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    In rare cases – and The Woman in Black is one of them – a story may be more atmospheric when less is left to the imagination. show more

  • July 07, 2012 ng00000000125422
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    The other day I was sitting with a friend of mine discussing the possibility of doing a horror movie together in Hungary. And he says, \"Come on, man, horror is for guys with no options. It\'s a cop out.\" So, of course, my answer was, \"Dude! James Bond and Harry Potter are doing it! Horror is legit now!\" In deed it is. It must be no coincidence that Mr. Radcliffe picked a movie about an evil person from the past come back to haunt children...sounds familiar? All jokes aside, this was a thoroughly enjoyable film. Daniel Radcliffe\'s acting was quite professional. The script clearly doesn\'t allow him, or anyone else, to push any dramatic skills too far. But here Mr. Radcliffe executes pace and delivery superbly. A role obviously written for him, this is clearly an actor with a long career ahead and no shortage in skill. The rest of the cast was rounded up with surgical precision. Not a single character out of place. You could certainly put a play together out of this entourage. I enjoyed being reminded of the simple pleasure of actors turning average dialogue into believable fantasy. The story was well crafted. I found myself wanting to discover what was going on and trying to put the pieces together on my own. Which you can actually do if you pay attention. Something that I consider a sign of brilliant story telling. Allow your audience to be involved with you. The cinematography was picture perfect. You can pause the movie almost anywhere and you will find an exhibition-worthy snapshot. As far as the soundtrack goes, this film did something that should be enforced more often in filmmaking: less is more. The music is another character that goes in and out of scene, not something to inundate very frame with. Take note from this very well executed sound track. Turn the lights out and warm up a hot chocolate. But do grab that mug tight, as this movie will make you jump more than once. Enjoy.

  • May 29, 2012 socalgal920
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    Well done was really Daniel\'s coming of age since Harry Potter ended he did a great job

  • April 16, 2012 hawbecker191
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  • April 06, 2012 qx00000000118600
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    This crappy site keeps doing weird things to my comments so I will just make this short and to the point. This movie is a classic ghost story. If you are so jaded that something good like this no longer does it, then it is your loss. It is a great movie in its own right and deserves better reviews from smarter people. I left the theater completely rattled and I’ve seen just as many ghost story/scary movies as anyone. Good acting, great tension and just the right amount of - things that go bump in the night - mystique. Leave the snarkiness at home and enj

  • March 09, 2012 Veronica
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    I thought it was scarier than all the other crappy scary movies they try to put out there.

  • March 05, 2012 ts00000000106524
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    I am not sure why this movie is getting blasted like it was the worst of all time. I have seen a variety of Horror/Scary movies. It was not a Friday the 13th, which I don\'t prefer). It is not a slasher. It was a Classic Ghost story. It was more like \"The Others.\" The Others was actually slower. This was a good movie. Not great but good. I think it was worth going to see and was glad I did.

  • March 05, 2012 kaylerrr616
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    Still scared because of it.

  • March 02, 2012 wh00000000116224
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    wald out about half way through.

  • February 23, 2012 cathy8485
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    Horrible, dumb, predictable - save your money it will be out on DVD in 2 weeks

  • February 22, 2012 fv00000000115243
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    Classic ghost story retold! Daniel Radcliffe\'s performance was a perfect fit for this role and was great to see him outside of the Harry Potter films! This is a must see!

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