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The Raven (2012; Rated Rated R)

The Raven
B+
 

“Grisly, intriguing "What if?" story.”

-Richard Roeper

The Raven Review

The Raven

(2012; R)

In theaters:
Friday, 27 April 2012

Genre:
Mystery, Thriller

Cast:
John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans

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Michael said on Monday, December 03, 2012 12:36:46 AM
Sean, could just be he had a different opinion of the movie than you did. Simple as that. Just because you didn't like it doesn't make it a bad movie.

Ulisses said on Thursday, June 07, 2012 11:47:52 AM
I give Jonah Hill credit for gorniwg up well into this role,? but it was not Oscar-worthy. Roeper called out my fav supporting role of 2011 with Albert Brooks in DRIVE. As far as Best Picture noms, I gave up on this category when AVATAR lost to HURT LOCKER.

Sean said on Wednesday, May 02, 2012 5:12:42 PM
Richard, I would like to start off by saying that 9 times out of 10, I tend to agree with your film reviews. Sadly, I have to to say here that this is that one time out of ten! No offense, Rich, but did you smoke a tremendous amount of crack cocaine before you viewed this over-wrought, cliche-ridden, BORING, piece of crap?! I mean, honestly, you didn't even bother to mention the downright AWFUL acting of actress Alice Eve, who's performance was so self-consciously terrible that it doesn't even count as being "campy." Now, normally, if I disagree with a critic's review of a film, regardless of whether I loved it and they hated it, or vice-versa (as in this case), I would notfeel compelled to write a comment. This B+ rating, however, is so incredibly BAFFALING to me, that something MUST be said, lest naive moviegoers see your review and make the same mistake I did spending any money on this garbage.

Regarding why the film, for lack of a better or more perfect word, SUCKS, aside from the horrendous performance of ALL the actors (yes, including Cusack who I usually enjoy, and ESPECIALLY Alice Eve), first of all I felt like the director (who I refuse to call "filmmaker," as that implies an actual artist as opposed to a perfunctory studio appointed hack), tried desperately to rip off the movie "From Hell" in terms of gothic 19th century ambiance. What resulted was a hackneyed attempt filled to the brim with cliches. Aside from the highly implausible plot, which was so uninteresting that I literally couldn't care less who the killer was, the move was just plain BORING! Come to think of it, I may not even be entirely qualified to write this scathing review, SINCE I FELL ASLEEP FOR ABOUT 15 TO 20 MINUTES!! Now, mind you, I haven't fell asleep in a movie theater since I was five years old. I'm 25 now and I have seen some real snoozers, so what does THAT tell you?! Anyway, I really could go on and on, but I doubt you (Richard, whom I still have "mad respect" for despite your misguided review) will even be the one reading this, so I will stop ranting and say...SERIOUSLY?!!??!! A B+???????!!!! WTF?!?!?!

 
 
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