The Raven Synopsis
Edgar Allan Poe and a detective hunt a serial killer who is basing his crimes on Poe's works.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
In the skilled hands of Cusack - who recites quite a bit of Poe's poetry - and director John McTeigue ("V for Vendetta''), it's good pulpy...
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By James Berardinelli
The Raven is period piece fun - at least until it realizes there has to be a conclusion. That's where a certain amount of inevitable...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This many-feathered animal occasionally soars before it crash-lands.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
A handsome-looking thing, with fairly grand period costumes and reasonably lavish sets. So much for production values: In every other way...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Cusack captures that desperation vividly enough to make you wish this was the real Poe story, which The Raven onscreen leaves buried...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film, devising events that led up to his mysterious death in 1849, is also the most gruesomely literal-minded of period detective...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
When I heard that John Cusack had been cast for this film, it sounded like good news: I could imagine him as Poe, tortured and brilliant,...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A grimly preposterous serial-killer thriller set in 19th-century Baltimore, this riff on the final days of the author of "The Tell-Tale...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This wannabe Sherlockian thriller is like a night spent at Madame Tussauds, watching mannequins strangle other mannequins.
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the raven

By eal123
I thought this was a good movie. It is not a horror movie but a mystery. There is some gore. It kept the suspense and had a surprise ending....

An old school murder mystery with the great John Cusack

By kmoney51
The backdrop of Baltimore in the 1800's sets the tone of this underrated murder mystery. Cusack plays the part perfectly, think Sherlock Holmes without the annoying traits. He manages to come...

Great Movie

By Pancho
Dismiss the negative reviews below, this was an excellent, entertaining film with great performances by all. Cusack was spot on as Poe...and the one to really watch is Luke Evans who stole the show....


By Raygundola
Anyone who is a fan of Edgar Allen Poe would definitely love this film but even if you don't know much about Poe you would enjoy it... it's not crazy or farfetched... everything could happen and the...

Excellant but a bit gorey

By indjeff
Loved this murder mystery. I wasn't able to pick out the killer until it was revealed...always a plush for these kind of movies. Do watch out for the blood and gore as it is excessive in this...

I enjoyed it as a work of fiction, not fact.

By cindy_l_thomas
If you have been a life-long fan of Poe and your expectations for this movie are to see a factual representation of his life, you will be disappointed. If you go to see this movie knowing that it is...

Sherlock Holmes without the bullet time

By seandrewett
Good movie, John Cussack gave a strong performance although he did seem to be channeling Nicholas Cage at times. The rest of the cast is also good and pace was just about right. The final twist...

was ok....

By robertinnj
to me was a little boring @ first. then started to pick up during movie. went to a dine in movie theatre so I'm guessing was worth it......

Nice Ode to Poe

By Mousedancing
A bit of a confusing start...but stick with it, the pace and story picks up fast. Cusack does a wonderful job making Edgar Allen Poe both larger than life as well as human. Thrilling murder mystery...

John Cusack as Poe is GENIUS!

By ororro_munroe13
When I first saw the previews for The Raven, I knew I had to see it. I'm a huge Edgar Allan Poe fan, and I figured I'd give this movie a shot, even though it's not completely historically accurate...

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Rated R | For Bloody Violence and Grisly Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Tell-tale Poe thriller has heavy gore, drinking.
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