Written April 28, 2012
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 a highly fictionalized story revolving around Poe as one of the main characters then you may be pleasantly surprised. I went to pre-screen this because my 14-year old has been begging to go see it. Even though I knew it was a work of fiction I still had a preconceived notion that I would hate it. I was pleasantly surprised and I actually enjoyed it. There are times the story begins to drag because you have already figured out "who done it" but then it gets interesting again.
As for taking a 14-year old, yes I will take him. I will warn him that there are 3 or 4 scenes that are extremely bloody and gory but the truth is that the blood and gore do not overwhelm the movie. Go see it as a fictionalized murder mystery and you may enjoy it as well.
Not a factual account of Poe's life!
Written April 28, 2012
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 the only letdown but not enough to spoil the movie and certainly worth seeing.
Written July 24, 2014
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...
Written April 29, 2012
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 set in the backdrop of a time when people actually took the time to write, read and contemplate life through poetry. Excellent acting all round and a great poetic feel to the story. Nice Ode to Edgar Allan Poe.
Written May 18, 2012
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 (obviously). I'll be honest, I was a bit nervous to see anyone play Poe, since he was such a complex person with such a unique personality. But, lo and behold, John Cusack was chosen for the role and it was spot on. He absolutely nailed it--who would have guessed? The movie itself was great. Very gruesome since they followed Poe's short stories to a T, but also a good bit of action and romance. The movie constantly keeps you guessing about what the murderer will do next and is full of twists and turns. I definitely recommend it to the other Poe fans out there and anyone who's a fan of John Cusack or action/horror films. Not for those with an uneasy stomach though, so do not see if you don't like the sight of blood.