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The macabre and lurid tales of Edgar Allan Poe are vividly brought to life - and death - in this stylish, gothic thriller starring John Cusack as the infamous author. When a madman begins committing h... read more read more...orrific murders inspired by Poe's darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer's mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe's brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe's love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target. Intrepid Pictures' The Raven also stars Brendan Gleeson and Oliver Jackson-Cohen. -- (C) Relativity

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R, 1 hr. 50 min.

Directed by: James McTeigue

Release Date: April 27, 2012

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DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012

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  • March 17, 2014
    Clunky, and overwrought, in spite of a wonderful cast. The movie didn't really flow all that well, and the premise was short on substance. I usually like John Cusack, but I did not relate to his interpretation of Poe...not at all.
  • May 21, 2013
    I've seen lots of TV adaptations of this one as a kid. I wasn't disappointed to see the same plot again since years had passed. The story wasn't perfect, but it was executed alright. Adding the Edgar Allen Poe character wasn't effective enough, though. And I reckon that shortenin... read moreg its length by ~20 minutes would have helped. A drag at times, overall it wasn't so painful to sit through. The casting was not a problem for me. In fact, it only made it only made it better. The leading actors did justice to their characters. Check it out for yourself & see how far it disappoints you. 4.5/10
  • February 17, 2013
    I see what they were going for I just didn't care all that much about the journey. The film was too dark half of the time causing me to strain my eyes just trying to make out what was going on. The characters were all pretty one note.
    It's a plain jane whodunnit that doesn't do ... read moreanything original with all the potential it has just by being a period thriller featuring Poe.
  • February 10, 2013
    three stars
  • December 6, 2012
    Whats to say other then Outstanding. John Cusack best role and movie to date. 5 stars
  • November 17, 2012
    "I'm not going to lie. I love John Cusack. He's has been a favorite of mine as long as I have been watching his films. But I was disappointed with this movie. Not his best work at all. But I think it had more to do with the story and it's setting then his acting. It's described a... read mores a gothic dark tale, as it should be. It's Edgar Allen Poe, duh. But this wasn't dark enough. I wanted more creepy darkness. It just didn't feel like the dark thriller it could have been. I did enjoy it on some level though. But I wanted more."
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    November 10, 2012
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    "The Raven" is a fictional story of the days leading up to the death of Edgar Allen Poe(Played by John Cusack). A mysterious madman is murdering people, and his murders are inspired by the literary works of Poe. A detective(Luke Evans) then enlists the help of Poe to find the k... read moreiller, when Poe's love interest(Alice Eve) is kidnapped by the killer. The story is decent, even if it is kind of generic. The thing that surprised me most was how gory the movie was, which hey, I love a good gory movie. I just wasn't expecting it with this. Cusack is one of my favorite actors, but here he seemed a little out of place. I don't know what it is, but I just never bought into him as Poe. For a period movie this is good, but it's not something I would probably watch again. I'd say decent for a one time viewing, but other than that it's pretty forgettable.
  • October 30, 2012
    Unnatural and forced acting from start to end. I saw no Edgar Allan Poe in this movie. Just two different obsessions of his work.
  • October 25, 2012
    The storyline builds up the unknown identity of the killer too much because the reveal is a major disappointment. Cusack gives a decent performance as Poe, but everything else is not up to par. The rest of the cast is either underused or overacting. Major Poe fans might relish in... read more a few of the moments, but I don't even think they will enjoy this movie all that much.
  • October 10, 2012
    The Raven is a mediocre horror thriller that could have been much better. I've been a big fan of Edgar Allen Poe's work, and though I found the concept of the film to be quite interesting, I found that the script was flimsy and some of the dialogue was poorly written. I really en... read morejoyed James McTiegue's directorial debut with V for Vendetta, but with The Raven, he just clumsily directs a film that just doesn't seem to work. Some of the cast are pretty good, unfortunately the script just doesn't work, and the attempt of combining a mystery with psychological horror leaves you wanting more. I'm a big fan of Poe's work, and I was really looking forward to seeing this film, sadly I was disappointed in the result. McTiegue is a great director, but with this film, he just misses the mark. This film could have been so much better than what it turned out to be. This is a disappointing flick that just doesn't deliver anything memorable or entertaining. Although I have to admit that the gore effects were great, it still didn't add anything substantial to the film, and the screenwriters could have put a bit more effort into trying to make everything work. The elements for a great story were there, but the execution was poor. If you're looking for something entertaining, you'll be disappointed with The Raven. I found myself being bored most of the time while watching, and despite a good, it's a shame that this film never takes off. The film has elements of the psychological horror genre along with mystery/ thriller elements, and with that said, with a proper script rewrite, The Raven would have been a terrific film.

Critic Reviews


Rafer Guzman
April 28, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

Basically a well-researched but formulaic mystery centered on one of those nyah-nyah serial killers we've seen a thousand times. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
April 28, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

It lingers intolerably on some inessential scenes, rushes through others, and fails to provide any motivation either for Poe's devoted (albeit fictional) love, or the film's archvillain. Full Review

Eric D. Snider
April 27, 2012
Eric D. Snider, Film.com

Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure. Full Review

John Wenzel
April 27, 2012
John Wenzel, Denver Post

The subject matter screams out for cleverness and depth, the sort of mind-bending twists and satisfying darkness that Poe himself would love. It finds them only in small doses. Full Review

Colin Covert
April 27, 2012
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Director James McTeigue has no feel for humor or terror, making what could have been a witty pastiche into another cheesy slice-and-dice horror flick. Full Review

Richard Roeper
April 27, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' " Full Review

Rene Rodriguez
April 27, 2012
Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

For a good hour or so, The Raven is gruesome, ludicrous fun. Then it's just ludicrous. Full Review

Richard Corliss
April 27, 2012
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

Until The Raven almost literally loses itself during a chase in the city sewers, it nicely balances its literary gamesmanship with a R-rated thriller's mandatory gross-out tableaux. Full Review

Betsy Sharkey
April 27, 2012
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

It's neither grand nor grisly enough to seriously satisfy Poe-ish cravings for murder, mystery and literary allusions. Full Review

Liam Lacey
April 27, 2012
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

The pervasive gore overpowers the few clumsy attempts at wit here... Full Review

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    • Edgar Allen Poe: The only thing he's ever killed is a bottle of brandy.
    • Edgar Allan Poe: Take this kiss upon the brow!
    • Edgar Allan Poe: Quoth the raven 'Nevermore'.
    • Edgar Allan Poe: I will gladly give my life for hers, Mr. Fields.
    • Colonel Hamilton: If I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.
    • Edgar Allan Poe: Somebody better call his Momma!

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