The moody, beautifully composed production raises it above the norm.
-Bruce DionesFull Review
The bottom line on The Woman in Black is that it is a very spooky movie. Old-fashioned and old school, it makes a convincing case for life after death and, for Radcliffe, life after Harry Potter.
-Roger MooreFull Review
It takes quite a time before the pieces of a poisonous puzzle appear, and when they do, they don't always fall into place with clarity.
-Rex ReedFull Review
The star's job description is that he be able to react convincingly to a variety of supernatural events and to endure being covered in mud. He has difficulty with neither.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
The Woman in Black is your standard-issue ghost story, gussied up in period garb to make it look like a prestige picture.
-Adam GrahamFull Review
None of it's new, but it's fun particularly because - like those Hammer films of yore - it peoples its great sets with solid actors.
-Stephen WhittyFull Review
A hoot of an old-fashioned British horror film in which being under 10 years old is not a good thing.
-Todd McCarthyFull Review
A disappointing post-Potter debut from Radcliffe, barely breathing in this musty, creaky chiller.
-Rafer GuzmanFull Review
Though Radcliffe occasionally seems too stiffly callow to be completely convincing in this grown-up role, the movie is a proficient thriller with a potential appeal beyond the star's fan-girl audience.
-Liam LaceyFull Review
A creaky haunted-house story that's strong on creepy atmosphere but woefully deficient in the scare department.
-Lou LumenickFull Review
Watkins knows how to make a body jump out of its skin, even if he does use the face-reflected-in-the-mirror/window trick once too often. At the same time, the film is kind of, well, silly.
-Michael O'SullivanFull Review
If this is what disposable modern horror is going to look like, I'll take the classical frights of The Woman in Black over the herky-jerky hokum of The Devil Inside any day.
-William GossFull Review
The Woman in Black is a tasteful, old-school frightener, emphasizing suspense and foreboding over blood and guts.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
The frights don't exceed PG-13, and the color never brightens much past gray.
-Amy BiancolliFull Review
This is an effective genre exercise, if not an especially inspired one.
-Ben SachsFull Review
If the story is laid out none too subtly, its straightforward purity is, finally, its greatest strength.
-Sheri LindenFull Review
A skillful haunted-house film that will soon evaporate from your memory like the ghostly specter of its title.
-Tom HorgenFull Review
The director uses time-honored techniques to keep you on edge, every one of which graced Hammer films of yore. But happily for the picture, there's a reason they're time-honored.
-Bob MondelloFull Review
The Woman in Black is a welcome addition to the old canon; renouncing innovation, embracing anachronism, it's almost The Artist of ghost movies.
-Richard CorlissFull Review
The landscape is dire, the architecture is haunted, children disappear by the dozens and antique toys inexplicably spark to life. That Mr. Radcliffe doesn't is part of the problem.
-John AndersonFull Review
About as scary as the haunted house your big cousins made in the basement...
-Melissa AndersonFull Review
The director, James Watkins, appears to have studied other movies' bumps in the night and accepted the real estate and clammy skin loaned to him by the Hammer studios, which, not incidentally, receive a production credit.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
If there is a single haunted house or ghost story cliche that goes unexploited in The Woman in Black, I'd be surprised.
-Joy TippingFull Review
The Woman in Black doesn't break new ground, but in its suggestions of fine film ghost stories, it works you over with riveting restraint.
-Peter TraversFull Review
An old-fashioned, tastefully constrained supernatural thriller...
-Lisa SchwarzbaumFull Review
All I know is, when I had to walk down a dark hallway at home the night I came back from seeing it? Reader, I ran.
-Dana StevensFull Review
The Woman in Black has lovely period atmosphere. Unfortunately, it doesn't have much else besides atmosphere.
-David HiltbrandFull Review
What begins as something akin to Robert Wise's The Haunting becomes something more like James Wan's recent Insidious, which makes The Woman in Black a multi-generational horror.
-Peter HowellFull Review
Schooled in the art of the quiet boo, Mr. Watkins fills the film with squeaking doors and floorboards, pools of black, long silences and an assortment of moldering toys.
-Manohla DargisFull Review
Though Radcliffe is our eyes and ears, he rarely speaks. It's not easy to carry an entire film in which your job is primarily to react, but he handles the task with impressive confidence.
-Elizabeth WeitzmanFull Review