Excerpt: Woman in Black will run itself ground in rather short time, a film clinging to genre familiarity for many of its chills and dreadfully long stretches of quiet. It seems to think that it’s scary as Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) wanders the detailed halls of a spooky mansion, but it’s not.
Conclusion: The Woman in Black falls for genre convention hook, line, and sinker. But it maneuvers through all of those recycled areas with the precision of a luxury automobile, purring and making its turns on a dime. But for as well as it gets there, the destination is nothing of particular interest.
Excerpt: Daniel Radcliffe has spent most of his cinematic career battling supernatural forces of one sort or another, so in some respects, The Woman In Black , Radcliffe’s first film role since graduating Hogwarts and leaving Harry Potter behind, is only a baby step away from the familiar for him.
Excerpt: After a hit-and-miss return to features � the well-made but ultimately pointless Let Me In , the execrable The Resident and the criminally unseen Wake Wood � Hammer have decided to make their first-ever feature ghost story and turned to Susan Hill�s iconic chiller The Woman In Black to do so.