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The Woman in Black

Released: 10/02/2012 General release
A mysterious spirit haunts a town, prompting the investigations of a young lawyer. Behind this ghost story is one just as interesting. It’s the first stab at the big time by newly resurrected Hammer productions, it is penned by the scribes of Kick Ass and features a typecast-busting performance from former Potter Daniel Radcliffe. For more information visit: http://thewomaninblack-movie.co.uk/ Buy: http://www.cineworld.co.uk/films/4944 Watch:
70 %
Film4“Subtle, it ain't...” Shocktastic and schlocktastic, The Woman in Black is lots of fun, though not for the faint-hearted...
 
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60%
Radio Times“A full-throated reminder of the studio's Gothic horror heyday...” The melodrama creaks as much as the nursery rocking chair, but the grim resolution adds an unexpectedly uplifting and bittersweet twist...
 
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40%
Little White Lies“This is haunted house horror by numbers...” Radcliffe is left saddled with an underdeveloped character and a plot that’s long gone cold...
 
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40%
The Independent“Radcliffe has not been hiding a talent untapped by the Potter years...” There's effort in his will to communicate fear and anguish, but good acting is surely about the concealment of that effort. His voice is his weakest link, a stolid instrument that lacks tone and flexibility...
 
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60%
Guardian“The former Potter has taken a shrewd baby step in the right direction...” I'll confess that James Watkins's exuberant joy-buzzer direction had me jumping in my seat and clutching pathetically at the armrest...
 
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80 %
The Telegraph“Don't be reassured by the 12a certificate...” This feels less like a remake than a new reading of an old story, trembling with freshly terrifying resonances...
 
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60%
Evening Standard“It all works reasonably well but the film lacks real punch...” Jane Goldman, of Kick-Ass fame, has provided a serviceable rather than notable screenplay but it changes the emphasis of the book considerably since Kipps is no longer a happily married man looking forward to fatherhood but a widower...
 
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60%
Time Out“Old-fashioned, ornate, imposing, occasionally creaky...” There’s little here we’ve not seen in countless haunted-house movies or special BBC dramas for the bank holiday audience. But it’s put together with panache...
 
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60%
Total Film “Efficiently eerie...” It’s extremely effective – the woman haunts the island with the tenacity of J-horror’s more belligerent spooks, and she’s genuinely scary. Radcliffe, meanwhile, is terrific, exhibiting the greasy pallor of a haunted man...
 
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80 %
Empire“It’s bold, but it works...” This is part horror film, but more ghost story. It’s not enough to make the audience jump; they have to feel their flesh crawl almost constantly. Watkins has measured it just right...
 
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