The Tall Man Reviews

  • "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 —

  • 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 —

  • 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 —

  • 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

  • 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

  • What begins as an intriguing Stephen King riff devolves into a Lifetime Original, effectively burning off the potential of the complex misdirection.

    Brian Orndorf —

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