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The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Creepy but unnecessary sequel deals with war, kids in peril.

Movie PG-13 2015 98 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Not suitable for a young audience

Plenty of jumpscares to keep you up. Not suitable for young kids. Mature audiences only.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

The Woman In Black 2: Dumb, Silly and only older teens!

My 12 year old daughter begged me to take her to see this film! I saw the trailers and thought it was really dumb so I said, sure! We want on opening weekend and we watched it and I was Soo SOO wrong! She was SCREAMING SOOO MUCH!!! I HAD TO LEAVE HER IN THE HALLWAY! And it wasn't even that bad! I thought it was dumb and entertaning and silly, but fun. She said it was creepy and terrifying. She loves scary and she liked this movie. She said that horror today is better than old horror. She needs to see older horror films when older, cause the modren stuff sucks compared to the old stuff. She said it was a smart thriller but I said it was a dumb (thriller???) drama about a woman in black. Skip it. It's not terrible but it's not great. I guess kids are so scared. My husband took my 8 and 4 year old to the mall to walk around, and I'm glad. Teens in the theater however weren't scared so good for older teens. Violence, Terror and some Language makes this inappropriate for kids 13 or younger.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Director Tom Harper's horror sequel suffers from being unnecessary and also pretty boring in the frights department. Although there are a few jump-worthy moments and predictable scary-movie cliches -- creaky floorboards, terrifying dolls, and a rocking chair that seems to move on its own -- the movie doesn't work as a whole. The actors are all capable -- McCrory (probably best known for playing Narcissa Malfoy) knows how to play a stern-faced "battle axe," Fox is quite adept at being a doe-eyed ingenue who loves her school kids, and Jeremy Irvine is as appealing as always as a young bomber pilot -- but the plot is thin, and the scares are nearly identical to the ones in the first movie.

Once it was unveiled in the second half of the first movie, the Woman in Black's story lost much of its horror movie juice. She's still upset and still wants to kill children as punishment for the death of her long-dead son. Anyone who saw the first film will see almost all the plot twists before they unfold. The ghost's decision to focus on young Edward is obvious the moment it's explained that he's gone selectively mute from the sudden death of his parents. Halfway through the movie, the subplot between the fighter pilot and the school teacher would have made for a better romance than Woman in Black 2 makes for a horror film.

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