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Woman in Black, The (2012) Movie Reviews

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01/25/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

No So Scary

The Woman In Black

If ‘The Woman In Black’ [TWIB] is representative of the current standard for horror movies, then that bar has been lowered somewhat by this film. I’m not saying this movie is really bad, but I did feel it was unremarkable. Apparently the public thought enough of it to make it number two for opening weekend box-office (very close behind the other new film, ‘Chronicle’); but I’m predicting it will fade quickly.

The film gives us Daniel Radcliffe as Arthur Kipps, a sullen widower who is down to his last chance at keeping his job with a law firm in early 1900’s London, England. His make-or-break mission is to travel upcountry to settle the affairs of a recently deceased client. Upon reaching his destination, he’s treated with suspicion and outright hostility by most o...

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02/16/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A simple ghost-story I've actually enjoyed ...



Professor Dumbledore wasn't able to save Harry this time. But I must admit that this ex-magician threw of his wizard robe with panache and passed the test with flying colors. After 5 minutes, I really didn't see him as the Harry anymore.
I don't think this movie should be categorized as a horror, but more as an old-fashioned ghost story like they were made ​​in earlier years. It's more something like "The Changeling" and consorts. All the classic elements are reflected in this film: the lugubrious face watching from an attic window, the rocking chair, the wet footprints, the toys that start playing on their own, the footsteps in the attic, the candles blowing out suddenly, the long dark corridor and the shadows. All this placed in an "Addams Family&...

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3/4 

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01/04/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Woman In Black" by Yojimbo

A lawyer and single parent still grieving the loss of his wife is sent to a country mansion supposedly haunted by a woman who causes the local children to commit suicide. Daniel Radcliffe's first foray into a world beyond Hogwart's is a Gothic ghost story in the tradition of Hammer Horror which takes the now familiar ingredients of J Horror and transposes them to Victorian England. Radcliffe actually makes the transition quite well and the spectre of Potter is soon forgotten as he gives a suitably haunted performance within some nicely atmospheric locations. The biggest problem is that the usual gimmicks of unseen faces at windows, midnight exhumations and occupant free rocking chairs have all been seen so often before it all seems so familiar that there are no surprises at all for such a...

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2/4 

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08/12/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Underwhelming sophomore effort.

This hammer horror film has some effectively creepy moments, but unfortunately it fails to truly terrify or amount to much. While Radcliffe is a decent enough actor, he is just woefully miiscast. He isn't convincing enough as a father dealing with the death of his wife. Also, coming from the director who brought us Eden Lake, one of the greatest sucker punches in horror movie history, it's disappointing that he relys too much on cheap jump scares (though truly gave me quite a jolt.) The Woman In Black is certainly well made, the set design is perfectly creepy, as is the atmosphere. But it's all undone by it's lack of any truly memorable scares or originality. And the happy ending is the final nail in the coffin. Mr. Watkins, you are better than this! (PG13- violent images, terror, a...

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2/4 

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07/23/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

On the whole, disappointing!

The scenery was awesome, scary moments really scary and the story intriguing... in the beginning. As film progressed, my interest for the story dwindled, and in the end I was just disappointed. Daniel Radcliffe's character simply wasn't interesting enough, and it seems he himself cannot still shake off his Harry Potter manners. The ending was in my opinion ridiculous and unsatisfying, not to mention contradictory to the character of the woman in black and to the whole point of the story - if there was any point actually.

Don't read further if you haven't seen the film - spoilers below:

Really, not only Arthur didn't accomplish the task he was sent for, from the beginning of the film, he didn't even manage to solve the village issue with the woman in black. He did solve the mystery o...

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2.5/4 

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04/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Atmosphere and silliness

Starts well, promising, not to be great but very good. Well shot with atmosphere that works very well. Plot also could be good.
But...
then we have monotinous Harry Potters search for dead woman who is by the way when we get to know her character not so good(i mean well made character). And than ending that is beyond bizzare, and not in good way. Harry dies together with his son and... He is in heaven, brought by Woman in black in this beyond silly ending. Of course everything is good in heaven, they meet mother and happily walk away. Is this ending more than it looks? For me even if it is it cant be because from silliness of this movie you cant run away.
But...
There is atmosphere, its nice to look at it and one big plus is that it made me laugh so much.

It was fun, but it also...

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2/4 

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04/13/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review: The Woman in Black

I love the Harry Potter series, and I think Daniel Radcliffe is a good, very capable actor, but damn, he couldn't carry this movie on his own. He plays a boring, uninteresting, and underdeveloped character, and the audience is basically forced to follow him through a house for 3/4 of the film in which almost nothing happens. I, personally, thought that director James Watkins (Eden Lake) failed to deliver genuine suspense. When the character walks through the house, it's slowly pace, but you're not scared and you're not horrified of things to come. In the last 20 minutes, the suspense picks up a little bit, but not much.

There's just not much story, and it ended up getting really lousy and boring for me. Though the art direction, production value, and cinematography are all very good, ...

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2/4 

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03/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Atmospheric and moody Victorian ghost story!

Daniel Radcliffe plays young attorney Arthur Kipps and single father whose wife died three years ago after giving birth to their son Joseph. He is ordered to travel to the remote English village to sort out papers of the recently deceased owner. The only problem is that, the house he tries to assess, and the village nearby is haunted by the vengeful ghost, the Woman in Black who had her son stolen from her years earlier. Now to satisfy her thirst for vengeance she forces children to kill themselves in brutal ways. This movie has a spooky Victorian setting, some creepy toys and sinister antique dolls that seemed alive and appeared to be watching everything happen. I thought the location was absolutely fantastic, how the tide cuts off the house from the rest of the world and all that is lef...

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2.5/4 

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