Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter film, The Woman in Black, has hit the theaters.
Based on a 1983 thriller novel by English author Susan Hill, the film -- and its principal actor -- has been getting mixed reviews from critics and a whole lot of love from Harry Potter fans who are eager to see Radcliffe make another good movie.
But the critics got the first look, with some saying that the film contribued nothing new to the horror film genre, and that it wasn't particularly scary. There was also the matter of Radcliffe's performance, which was arguably even more highly anticipated than the film itself. This is his first post-Potter big screen venture, which means audiences are either cheering him on or anticipating mega-failure. It was the same case when he took on lead roles in the plays Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Both ended up becoming theater box office successes.
The Daily tweeted the following: Maybe #WomanInBlack should have been called Harry Potter and the Inevitable Post-Franchise Career Decline.
Slate magazine's review said that the film is a good old-fashioned scary movie and that Radcliffe is surprisingly believable as a grieving young father.
A review in The Washington Post critized the film for being somewhat silly but conceded that Radcliffe was good enough to banish thoughts of Hermione and Hogwarts. He's all grown up.
Twitter was abuzz with anticipation of the movie. Harry Potter fans seem to be staying faithful to he who played The Boy Who Lived.
Can't wait to see Harry Potter 8: The Woman in Black!!! one fan tweeted.
Tweeted another: I think I'm only going to see The Woman In Black because of Daniel Radcliffe.
Tom Felton, who played Harry's nemesis Draco Malfoy in the Potter movies and attended this one's premiere, tweeted his love for it: Saw woman in black [sic] yesterday. Can't remember the last time I was on the edge of my seat like that! Great movie. Go See it.