The Raven
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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 horrific 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Basically a well-researched but formulaic mystery centered on one of those nyah-nyah serial killers we've seen a thousand times."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"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."
‑ John Wenzel, Denver Post
"A crudely written and wholly uninspired thriller that's unlikely to win anyone over to the horror master's oeuvre."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Even though this film has more than its share of dark, gruesome elements, there is also enough of a sense of playfulness in it to help make it entertaining."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's silly, has plot holes big enough to drive a truck through and is little more than a gothic version of Law & Order, yet it has a macabre charm that will keep you interested for the film's duration."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The Raven is a movie with its wings clipped; a murder mystery that feels strangely subdued."
‑ Ali Gray,
"I'd say that nine bucks is probably also the current going rate for Livingston & Shakespeare's next script."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Despite Cuasck's occasional missteps as the writer, "The Raven" is an entertaining thriller."
‑ Justin Craig,
"Never commits to the kind of full-bore lunacy that might have made the film a campy pleasure."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"It's 'Saw' meets 'Sherlock Holmes.' ""
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"The problem is that "The Raven" is all surface. The movie is nothing but its fun idea, without much development or ingenuity"
‑ Tim Grierson, Deadspin
"A bizarre mishmash of historical elements and subpar on-screen drama capped off with an underwhelming but serviceable performance from John Cusack"
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Entertaining and fun to be sure, despite it's goofy premise. But it's not nearly as chilling as reading Poe's stories for yourself."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
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