The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Ultimately his story draws more energy from class than from criminality: awash in sludgy browns and rotting greens - the colors of poverty and decomposition - this unpredictable oddity is a little bonkers but a lot original.
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Slant Magazine

Illustrates the problem of class mobility with a dark, troubling premise that holds a harsh light up to our own assumptions and expectations.
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
In easily her best performance - and sadly, one few will see, given the film's modest release strategy - Jessica Biel stars as a single mother in Cold Rock, Washington.
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Los Angeles Times

Long on atmosphere and short on sense, The Tall Man becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Spits out enough scares and twists to maintain our interest, but the film's psycho-sociological layer is almost as cheesy and unconvincing as its low-rent action scenes.
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Village Voice

Once you get through the flaming, Bowser's Castle–like gauntlet of the rest of the story's implausibilities, you end up in a different movie than the one on the creepy poster.
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The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and in a few months it will also be paved with unwatched DVD copies of The Tall Man.
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Boxoffice Magazine

The more pressing affliction in Pascal Laugier's film is the absence of chills, logic and coherence.
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52 out of 100
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