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The Raven

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James McTeigue

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About the Movie

A brutal killing spree terrorizes 19th-century Baltimore and a young detective turns to notorious author Edgar Allan Poe for help getting inside the mind of a serial killer.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 133
  • Fresh: 29
  • Rotten: 104
  • Average Rating: 4.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Mr. Cusack works himself into a lather trying to reconcile the contradictory parts of an incoherent character. In, I am sorry to say, an incoherent movie. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Apr 26, 2012

Rotten: It's neither grand nor grisly enough to seriously satisfy Poe-ish cravings for murder, mystery and literary allusions. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Apr 27, 2012

Rotten: 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. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 26, 2012

Rotten: A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale Heart" and other masterpieces of the macabre might qualify as literary desecration if it weren't so silly. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Apr 26, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Not that bad

I am not going to say that it was my favorite movie by any means. But I felt like this movie deserved a better review than the previous one I had read. I did not think it was too hard or dull to follow. In fact I thought that the twists were pretty interesting, I can kinda see how it's comparable to "Sherlock Holmes," but not really other than based on time period. If you find it a chore to sit through it than don't watch it but I'd say it has a better plot than most cookie cutter movies that are being released by the dozen. It's not really a "saw" nock of because Edgar Allen Poe kinda invited the style for the movie "saw." But in order to know that you'd probably have to like Edgar Allen Poe. I don't know what questions it leaves you to have at the end, maybe do I have an attention span? And If so than you can figure it out and not be stumped. I personally feel sorry for those that don't get it or enjoy it.

One of the WORST movies I have ever seen.

Do not waste your time.

Not Good, But Not Bad

I honestly don't know if I liked this movie or not; it's a mixed bag for me. I went to see this thinking it would be a horror-slasher movie (because that's what the trailer basically shows), but it turned out to be a murder mystery. Yes, it is a little thrilling and bloody at a few points, but overall, it's not all that great. Some parts get a little boring with someone getting killed about every 20-30 minutes. To me, the very first scenes in this movie were amazing. The atmosphere was overly eerie and the tension was getting very strong. But then, it was basically downhill from there. So if you do plan on watching this movie, don't expect it to be scary. And I'd only recommend it if you like mysteries and/or if you like Edgar Allan Poe. And don't get me wrong, I love Poe's work, I just expected something different. And I would like to see more movies that have something to do with him!