"The Tall Man" opens like a ghost story and closes with its feet firmly in the real world. Until then, Pascal Laugier's chilly little thriller manhandles our sympathies and gladdens our eyes in almost equal measure.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
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.
Chris Packham - Village Voice
The movie itself draws on too long, and eventually goes past at least two potential endings and heads right into the ridiculous.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
"The Tall Man" 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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
I like to imagine the pitch meeting for "The Tall Man" as something like this: "It will be like 'Twin Peaks,' only absolutely terrible on every level."
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
Long on atmosphere and short on sense, "The Tall Man" becomes less gripping as it grows more ridiculous.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
There's plenty to like about it in hindsight once it's all laid out, but it isn't enough to lift this mystery-thriller out of the realm of the mundane.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The Tall Man comes as close as anything in recent years at matching the better monster-of-the-week episodes of The X-Files.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
for all this thriller's tautness, its true horror emerges from the uncomfortable ethical questions that it poses - and leaves us to answer for ourselves in the dark.
Anton Bitel - Sight and Sound
The Tall Man is a fine thriller that tragically falls off the rails, spiraling into dark, morally corrupt territory.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Laugier, as was the case with Martyrs, takes the story in a completely unpredictable and, for a while, baffling direction.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Despite the excellently creepy subject matter, The Tall Man contains very little actual horror and ends up being quite a dud.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
... can't decide if it wants to be 'High Tension,' 'Jeepers Creepers' or 'The Piped Piper of Hamelin' ... results are arty, jumbled and, ho-hum, Sunday School preachy.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
The result is tedious instead of suspenseful.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Works surprisingly well, given where it winds up. Give it a chance if you're looking for an unexpected surprise.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Leaving behind any trace of her eye-candy image, Jessica Biel delivers the performance of her career in 'The Tall Man.'
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A spooky and atmospheric little thriller that contains some actual and unexpected surprises.
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
If you're a parent who ever, for one cold-sweat second, lost sight of your child at a playground - "The Tall Man" will tap into your darkest fears. And then make them even darker.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
What begins as an intriguing Stephen King riff devolves into a Lifetime Original, effectively burning off the potential of the complex misdirection.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Child abductions plague a rural Washington State town, but the more pressing affliction in Pascal Laugier's film is the absence of chills, logic and coherence
Nick Schager - Boxoffice Magazine
It's novel, thought-provoking, and defiant of genre expectations.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Pascal Laugier's film illustrates the problem of class mobility with a dark, troubling premise that holds a harsh light up to our own assumptions and expectations.
Richard Larson - Slant Magazine
Almost to the same degree as Laugier's Martyrs, it changes its game midway through and makes audiences radically shift sympathies as its plot develops.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Laugier's toiling with the seed of a good idea and interesting moral questions, but his own commitment to constructing the first half like a horror film (despite it not really being a horror film) leads to pacing issues as the film progresses.
John Gholson - Movies.com
A sly, strange and subtly engaging horror story that will no doubt leave several viewers angry, confused, or arguing on twitter.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet