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Red Eye (2005)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 186
Fresh: 147 | Rotten: 39

With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller.


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 5

With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller.



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A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Carl Ellsworth

Jan 10, 2006


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All Critics (188) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (147) | Rotten (39) | DVD (24)

The psychological mind-games are played to the hilt, the pressurised cabin air increases the edge-of-the-seat tension and the 85-minute flight time is gratifyingly short.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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If constructing a thriller could be likened to building a house, then Wes Craven's Red Eye is a perfect piece of architecture: It's clean-lined and soundly structured, without a foot of wasted space or any materials left unused.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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I'm not claiming masterpiece stature for Red Eye, just a solid professionalism in the acting, writing and direction that seems inextricably related to the modesty of its intentions.

September 7, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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The movie turns into a complicated duel that depends on precise observation of physical detail and moment-by-moment continuity so closely calibrated that it's impossible to find a wasted shot or an exaggerated emotion.

September 6, 2005
New Yorker
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For Wes Craven, who I like a lot as a slasher director, he really goes into a different direction with this.

August 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It took forever, but the best thriller of summer 2005 has finally arrived. The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.

August 27, 2005
Rolling Stone
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While not particularly original, Red Eye is immensely entertaining and a fine example of the classic suspense-thriller.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

Works extremely well as a fast-paced adrenaline rush, but not so well as an allegory on today's government and security issues.

September 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Quick but satisfying.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Hitchcock, of course, got lots of mileage out of just such absurd plots. But Wes Craven, whatever other strengths he has, isn't Hitchcock.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source:

this mid-air thriller sees the director not so much soaring to the heavens as merely coasting along on auto-pilot.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Terrific casting can work wonders for a movie. If the stars are good enough, logic gaps as deep as the Marianas Trench disappear in the performers' glow.

February 18, 2007 Full Review | Comment (1)
Kansas City Star

Fans of the thriller genre will probably be scared and entertained, but seeing Red Eye is more like watching a good television show than a good movie.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

This is a screenplay so unbelievably bad that not even two very fine young actors and a director known for his knack for suspense can salvage it.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source:

Not the most sophisticated psychological thriller, yet slick fun deftly handled by Craven and his leads.

January 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Just when you thought that Wes Craven was washed-up, back up he comes like one of the killers in his films, teeth bared and meat cleaver grasped firmly in hand.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Strictly B-grade fare, but it has a playful wit and enough genuine tension to make it worth your time and money.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Disbelief is never suspended by this silly waste of decent talent

September 29, 2005 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Craven serves up a giddy and taut psychological thriller that will have audiences proudly reaching for their assigned barf bags.

September 10, 2005 Full Review
Movie Eye

The problem is that this film has nothing particularly new and original to make it stand out from the thrillers like, for example, Larry Cohen writes.

September 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

Poderia ser um bom filme produzido para a tevê. Como esforço para Cinema, no entanto, é apenas mediano.

September 8, 2005
Cinema em Cena

It's all too big and too self-conscious, culminating in a third-act chase that makes one preposterous move after another.

September 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Audience Reviews for Red Eye

A hugely underrated character-driven thriller that highly thrives off of the lead performances of Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy. Additionally, it's an amusing change of style for director Wes Craven, who manages to pack this film with lots of tight moments of tension and twists throughout.
June 15, 2012
Tyler Christian

Super Reviewer

A tightly-paced, efficiently directed and acted slice of horror concerning a hotel manager (Rachel McAdams) whose father's (Brian Cox) life is threatened while on a "red eye" flight by a first-charming individual (Cillian Murphy), who demands that she switches the room of a politician in her hotel so that an assassination can be smoothly executed. Horror master Wes Craven effortlessly runs this picture, loading it with suspense, phenomenal music to heighten the terror, and gets the most out of his young two-some of McAdams and Murphy. The first 2/3 effectively build to a thrilling conclusion, which is a little silly but unmistakably entertaining. I really wish more horror movies were done like this, concentrated on characters and their decisions, as opposed to "boo!" moments and supernatural elements. This one gets it right.
January 14, 2012
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Good thriller, I liked it. Different type of movie for Wes Craven, but he delivered.
September 26, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Weird and scary. I liked it! A must see!
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

    1. Cynthia: You are so my hero.
    2. Lisa Reisert: Lets open the bar.
    3. Cynthia: Champagne?
    4. Lisa Reisert: Oh, anything but a Bay Breeze.
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (16 months ago)
    1. Lisa Reisert: Is it Jack for short?
    2. Jackson: No. I haven't gone by Jack since I was ten years old.
    3. Jackson: Last names Rippner.
    4. Lisa Reisert: Jack Rippner. Jack thee, ooohh.
    5. Jackson: There you go.
    6. Lisa Reisert: That wasn't very nice of your parents.
    7. Jackson: That's what I told them, before I killed them.
    – Submitted by Alec L (18 months ago)
    1. Lisa Reisert: That's actually my seat.
    2. Jackson: You're kidding.
    3. Lisa Reisert: Well, I don't know. That says 18G
    4. Jackson: You're not kidding.
    – Submitted by Alec L (18 months ago)
    1. Jackson: Sometimes bad things happen to good people.
    – Submitted by Alec L (18 months ago)
    1. Jackson: I'll fix it up!
    2. Lisa Reisert: Not in my house!
    – Submitted by Rawballs B (18 months ago)
    1. Jackson: He doesn't move. Unless I say so. He's a good dog, he responds only to his master's voice. It'll all be over soon. The Keefes will be history, your dad will be safe, we'll both go back...
    – Submitted by Dexter M (2 years ago)
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