Critics Consensus

Critics Consensus: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death Looks Great But Lacks Scares

Plus, A Most Violent Year is an intelligent, immersive drama.

by | January 1, 2015 | Comments

Happy New Year! This week at the movies, we’ve got just one wide release: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, a period frightfest starring Phoebe Fox and Jeremy Irvine). What do the critics have to say?

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

23%

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death has two strikes against it right off the bat: it’s a sequel, and it’s being released during the first weekend of the new year, which is traditionally a dumping ground for middling movies. Critics say this one is better than most, but although the film is atmospheric and visually sharp, it’s never particularly scary. It’s 1941, and a group of children have been relocated to an English country house to escape the London Blitz. But when several of the children go missing, their caretakers suspect a malevolent spirit may be responsible. The pundits say The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death looks terrific, but it’s vaguely unsettling rather than tense.

What’s Hot on TV:

The pundits say The Missing (Certified Fresh at 96 percent) turns a routine premise into a standout thriller, thanks to heartfelt, affecting performances.

Also opening this week in limited release:

Tag Cloud

MTV werewolf popular Universal The Arrangement streaming movies Pet Sematary superman Oscars Hear Us Out docudrama Funimation genre Pacific Islander fresh Apple Esquire streamig cats Film disaster dragons Amazon Prime Video The Walt Disney Company franchise Toys spain comics Women's History Month Winter TV Pirates Prime Video The Purge PlayStation Peacock spy thriller FXX TCA Showtime Best and Worst VICE foreign Red Carpet DC Universe what to watch Creative Arts Emmys asian-american Kids & Family facebook Marvel Studios Indigenous quibi Turner Classic Movies dogs cops witnail 73rd Emmy Awards CBS 71st Emmy Awards A24 tv talk psycho Captain marvel Avengers Binge Guide Anna Paquin book ABC Family Sony Pictures Walt Disney Pictures trailers 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards pirates of the caribbean anthology Sci-Fi spinoff ITV Paramount book adaptation comic kaiju Western Stephen King Mindy Kaling summer TV preview jurassic park Film Festival Baby Yoda king arthur docuseries Hollywood Foreign Press Association Teen joker discovery Polls and Games spanish Sony versus scene in color film series WGN Writers Guild of America Alien Elton John die hard Musicals Disney Channel vampires Marvel Television superhero New York Comic Con romantic comedy documentary directors YA Wes Anderson romance hollywood CNN Hallmark Countdown MCU comic book movies DC streaming service saw telelvision target scene in color toronto Television Critics Association child's play Food Network dreamworks ID Spike 79th Golden Globes Awards Podcast obi wan OneApp olympics halloween best deadpool Nominations kong period drama Christmas Turner sports football Marathons natural history RT21 robots Disney+ Disney Plus Awards comiccon Calendar animated cartoon TIFF dc screen actors guild 90s Drama strong female leads Spectrum Originals Character Guide See It Skip It VH1 Ellie Kemper CMT classics dceu USA Network Tumblr TCA Awards heist movie batman game of thrones GIFs WarnerMedia Horror movies 21st Century Fox SundanceTV green book video Lucasfilm critic resources Winners crime thriller Shudder PBS technology Dark Horse Comics breaking bad feel good 2016 composers Hulu obituary critics USA TV One DGA royal family Comics on TV HBO Go nature golden globe awards gangster Trivia 94th Oscars President comedies Syfy justice league a nightmare on elm street spanish language LGBT zombie TNT Grammys comic books cancelled anime leaderboard indie Chilling Adventures of Sabrina target Thanksgiving trophy name the review The Academy miniseries Tags: Comedy transformers renewed TV shows latino American Society of Cinematographers interviews summer TV Nat Geo Comic-Con@Home 2021 Star Wars Awards Tour Britbox screenings 2015 MGM Rock supernatural game show Travel Channel Native hispanic heritage month cancelled television children's TV boxing Election travel Rocky french true crime canceled Martial Arts First Look Broadway news Musical video on demand TBS Action BET Awards BAFTA mockumentary rotten movies we love APB Mary Poppins Returns RT History casting worst action-comedy godzilla Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Best Actor international Paramount Pictures Starz king kong cults television Tokyo Olympics series Photos FX on Hulu Amazon new york Sundance TLC theme song comic book movie scene in color series stand-up comedy parents adenture Black Mirror japanese psychological thriller Fox Searchlight BBC sag awards Paramount Network Universal Pictures IMDb TV GoT politics Rom-Com Trailer sequels YouTube art house black comedy Infographic venice Bravo cars toy story slashers Trophy Talk kids laika SXSW Tubi police drama harry potter Television Academy Ghostbusters TCM hidden camera GLAAD Warner Bros. free movies indiana jones richard e. Grant Interview BBC One revenge dexter Reality mission: impossible dramedy Neflix Set visit TruTV Netflix stoner marvel cinematic universe independent Spring TV PaleyFest Crackle Image Comics Star Trek new star wars movies Holiday Heroines archives Focus Features HBO serial killer Lifetime Christmas movies teaser Lifetime crime Fantasy Sundance Now Song of Ice and Fire Freeform Pop TV twilight mcc zero dark thirty Mary Tyler Moore adaptation The Witch reboot Comic Book south america boxoffice Biopics 2018 dark Best Director TV movies Disney OWN NYCC Country YouTube Red 72 Emmy Awards Valentine's Day DirecTV Premiere Dates aliens Paramount Plus Opinion History Music Mary poppins worst movies Reality Competition debate cooking razzies ViacomCBS award winner 20th Century Fox diversity 45 thriller Black History Month marvel comics Sundance TV 2021 BBC America Mudbound vs. Disney streaming service doctor who Shondaland The Walking Dead VOD Super Bowl talk show SDCC summer preview hispanic all-time scary social media prank CBS All Access Exclusive Video women new zealand elevated horror adventure Holidays Fargo Marvel lord of the rings TV Land aapi Legendary Fox News biopic rom-coms high school Pixar Video Games HBO Max TV space Epix Chernobyl IFC Films crossover Rocketman spider-man Sneak Peek 99% Discovery Channel christmas movies Fall TV rt labs critics edition NBA Cosplay AMC Plus 2017 fast and furious Netflix Christmas movies El Rey YouTube Premium 24 frames ABC Signature james bond TCA 2017 National Geographic concert Best Picture Acorn TV finale hist ghosts X-Men streaming NBC satire 93rd Oscars stop motion 007 The CW Emmys universal monsters Masterpiece AMC South by Southwest Film Festival sequel Best Actress canceled TV shows documentaries cinemax Columbia Pictures basketball FX Crunchyroll Apple TV Plus IFC crime drama rt archives MSNBC cancelled TV shows Emmy Nominations Tomatazos scene in color Academy Awards SXSW 2022 live event Animation broadcast Nickelodeon Pride Month cancelled TV series nfl Mystery binge golden globes Endgame Box Office Cartoon Network based on movie FOX live action Extras Superheroes scorecard ratings Apple TV+ unscripted HFPA rt labs halloween tv slasher sitcom Logo Certified Fresh criterion medical drama singing competition films ABC 4/20 festivals sopranos italian biography 2019 CW Seed legend San Diego Comic-Con DC Comics Tarantino E3 Cannes black political drama Instagram Live blockbusters wonder woman Superheroe Comedy Central Brie Larson Comedy Summer Hallmark Christmas movies japan Amazon Studios historical drama BET blaxploitation Watching Series E! TV renewals nbcuniversal scary movies A&E Amazon Prime blockbuster 2020 zombies emmy awards Ovation war spider-verse Quiz reviews posters young adult mob First Reviews Adult Swim rotten Schedule know your critic Oscar Pop Star Wars Celebration monster movies TCA Winter 2020 festival Disney Plus 1990s LGBTQ Classic Film Lionsgate Vudu australia Family Year in Review remakes mutant ESPN Geeked Week chucky suspense science fiction Arrowverse jamie lee curtis movie