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Red Eye Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

April 25, 2011
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 62/100

September 26, 2009
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Quick but satisfying.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

October 18, 2008
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

August 13, 2007
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

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

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

August 6, 2007
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 18, 2007
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today

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.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 1, 2006
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 3, 2006
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

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.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

January 7, 2006

Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

January 7, 2006
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 6, 2005
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Disbelief is never suspended by this silly waste of decent talent

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 29, 2005
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2005
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

September 10, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

| Original Score: 2/5

September 8, 2005

Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

September 8, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 7, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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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
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