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Dredd (2012)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 114 | Rotten: 33

Critics Consensus: Fueled by bombastic violence and impressive special effects, rooted in self-satire and deadpan humor, Dredd 3D is a rare example of a remake that actually works.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: Fueled by bombastic violence and impressive special effects, rooted in self-satire and deadpan humor, Dredd 3D is a rare example of a remake that actually works.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 149,883


Movie Info

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge - a dangerous drug epidemic that … More

R (for strong bloody violence, language, drug use and some sexual content)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Carlos Ezquerra , Alex Garland
In Theaters:
Jan 8, 2013
Box Office:
Lionsgate Films - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Dredd

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (114) | Rotten (33) | DVD (3)

While not for the squeamish, Dredd 3D is an effectively gritty B movie accentuated by stylish visuals and irreverent humor.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
USA Today
Top Critic

We have seen this future. And not only does it not work - it no longer even surprises.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Proves a surprisingly unimaginative cops vs. drug lord story, complete with the weathered veteran forced to take a rookie under his wing.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Top Critic

My notes are as follows: "Shoot bad guy." "Shoot bad guy." "Shoot bad guy."

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

This, finally, is the Dredd movie comic book readers have been anticipating.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

Smartly cast and with a sharp team behind the scenes, there is no good reason why "Dredd 3D" is such a clunk-headed action picture.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There's something to be said for DREDD's not taking itself too seriously, and if you do the same, you'll have a ball watching it.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013
Badass Digest

A tremendously entertaining film that consistently pushes the limits of 3D creativity in a way to seem like the images are leaping straight from the comic book panels.

Full Review… | March 22, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Dredd is like a gun - not everyone likes them and they're only good for one thing, but they do that one thing really, really well.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
The Standard

Visually stunning with video game violence, this is Hollywood's answer to The Raid.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Concrete Playground

If Hollywood is going to be indicted for making mindlessly violent action films, let them at least be as good as this one.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013

Lean, mean and luridly violent, sci-fi action thriller Dredd does a much better job of bringing cult comic-book anti-hero Judge Dredd to the screen than the misfiring 1995 Sylvester Stallone version.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
Movie Talk

"Dredd" is non-stop action plus excellent 3D effects peppering an above-average story.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Movie Chambers

The judges are portrayed pretty uncompromisingly unlike the Stallone flick which tried to tone down the whole Fascist Police State thing.

Full Review… | January 14, 2013
Sci-Fi Movie Page

A very entertaining and blood soaked action science fiction flick...

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Cinema Crazed

The stunningly violent Dredd 3D strips out pretense of satire, a crucial element of the British comic.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

Erase your memories of Sly's bomb with this, director Pete Travis and writer/producer Alex Garland's lean reboot.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Boston Phoenix

Whether by design or otherwise, Dredd seems better-suited to a 2D home video presentation than to the 3D silver screen.

Full Review… | December 30, 2012
Slant Magazine

Tonally one-note, and that note is grim, nihilistic, super-stylized, violent and humorless. But it's a spectacular technical feat, hugely loyal to its source ... an extremely expensive arthouse action flick for the die-hard crowd.

Full Review… | December 4, 2012
ABC Radio (Australia)

All gunplay and no guts ... unless you count the brain matter smeared across most of the film.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012
The Popcorn Junkie

Far from the mess of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version - in which they made the mistake of taking the character's helmet off - this all-new take on the no-nonsense comic book anti-hero is a tightly packed, trapped-in-a-building action blamfest.

Full Review… | November 2, 2012

Grim, stylish, relentlessly violent - this is the balls-to-the-wall Dredd movie fans have been waiting for.

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Daily Star

...Dredd is one of the year's purest, most gratifying genre films.

Full Review… | October 27, 2012
The Aristocrat

Never too ambitious in its storytelling, but consistently impressive in execution, Dredd is an outlier in the vast wasteland of Hollywood's overproduction-line.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

What Dredd lacks in satirical insight - a bizarre oversight, given its dystopian view of America's east coast - it makes up for in sheer brute force and meat-head violence.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012

Dredd not only succeeds as a brilliantly accurate adaptation of the decades-old comic book character, it's also an absolutely blistering and exciting dystopian action movie.

Full Review… | October 21, 2012
FILMINK (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Dredd

Keeping the dark, edginess of the original 2000 AD comic this is also a visually impressive piece of sci-fi, with some great use of 3D. The only thing that lets it down is the story is very short with limited scope, it really needs a more epic sequel.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Not the typical sci-fi film in terms of tone and style, but I ate it up like the sci-fi geek I am. Karl Urban is simply hardcore. I think they did an excellent job at how this film was presented. The gore and killing may at times seem absurd (how many splattered heads can you get in one movie?) but I guiltily enjoyed every single moment. I am anxiously waiting for a sequel.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


A day in the life of a tough as nails cop, set in a dystopian universe where violence is everyday and human life is worthless, Alex Garland's adaptation of Dredd will not only please the fans, it's smart, brutal, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Resurrecting a franchise that (on screen) had been universally loathed due to the poor, Sylvester Stallone-fronted name bearer from 1995, "Dredd" was quite the gamble for the franchise kick-starter it was meant to be. Sure it didn't pay off financially, dooming a planned sequel in the process, but as a rampant action movie and a product that honors it's source material, "Dredd" exceeded WELL beyond my expectations.

It's plot is purely stock; even using a building as a confined plot device a la "Die Hard" and countless other movies. But this decision compliments the film's more limited budget and provides our two heroes, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and a fresh-faced recruit with special abilities; Anderson (Olivia Thrilby) with a claustrophobic, daunting battleground. Dredd, the no-nonsense judge, jury, and brutal executioner is portrayed gruff, nuanced by the reliable Karl Urban, with Thrilby as the film's emotion core. Dredd and Anderson, on her training day of sorts, end up trapped in a sealed 200 floor skyscraper when they brush elbows with the intimidating crime figure Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), who is responsible for supplying the entire city with a designer neuro-drug "Slo-Mo;" the effects of which conveniently help stylize Dredd's gory violence.

Make no mistake, "Dredd" is all brawn. Luckily brains are evident in it's unexpectedly slick filmmaking. There is impressive world building in this film. The skyscraper is fittingly run down, with an impressive near-future aesthetic, but Mega-City One is immediately established in impressive fashion. This brings a weight and authenticity to the film, even when most of the action is restricted to a dark, indoor locale. The American wasteland setting is surely nothing new, yet Director Pete Travis has a unique take, no doubt possible due to his ambitions on a budget. His action sequences are also terrific. Bloody, shocking, in your face (and if viewed in 3D, I mean that literal). There is all kinds of glorious bloodletting in this film, and that's a plus only if you are down for that (I was). The "Slo-Mo" gimmick really dazzles as well. Honestly, these segments are beautiful and that's coming from someone who thought movies had exhausted this cinematic effect. Are these scenes necessary? No. Are they indulgent? Hell yes, but they are awesome and this time I can actually say pivotal to the plot! As far as the genre is concerned, "Dredd" is quite visionary; and I say that sans sarcasm.

Alex Garland's script is a perfect balance of bleak sadism, dark situational humor, one-liners, and unabashed self awareness. It's not parody, and is not afraid of reveling in the same lurid excess as John Wagner's original comic series.

"Dredd" is a pleasant surprise and one that I enjoyed the hell out of. It's low-brow thrills are heightened because of an uncommonly thoughtful execution by a group of filmmakers who have an obvious love and respect for this material. There is also true artistry on display here, but you didn't here it from me!

Michael S

Super Reviewer

Dredd Quotes

Ma-Ma: Peach-trees, this is Ma-Ma. Somewhere in this block are two Judges, I want them dead. Until I get what I want the block stays locked down.
– Submitted by James W (5 months ago)
Judge Dredd: Choke on that.
– Submitted by Omar A (5 months ago)
Judge Dredd: Inhabitants of Peach Trees, this is Judge Dredd. Ma-Ma: Let him talk. Judge Dredd: In case you people have forgotten, this block operates under the same rules as the rest of the city. Ma-Ma is not the law... I am the law. Judge Dredd: Ma-Ma is a common criminal; guilty of murder, guilty of the manufacture and distribution of the narcotic known as Slo-Mo, and as of now under sentence of death. Any who obstruct me in carrying out my duty will be treated as an accessory to her crimes... you have been warned. Judge Dredd: And as for you Ma-Ma... judgement time.
– Submitted by Dave W (14 months ago)
Judge Dredd: America is an irradiated wasteland. Within it lies a city. Outside the boundary walls, a desert. A cursed earth. Inside the walls, a cursed city, stretching from Boston to Washington D.C. An unbroken concrete landscape. 800 million people living in the ruin of the old world and the mega structures of the new one. Mega blocks. Mega highways. Mega City One. Convulsing. Choking. Breaking under its own weight. Citizens in fear of the street. The gun. The gang. Only one thing fighting for order in the chaos: the men and women of the Hall of Justice. Juries. Executioners. Judges.
– Submitted by joseph j (16 months ago)
Zwirner: Ma, He's back.
– Submitted by Tricia M (17 months ago)
Kay: How the fuck are we gonna stop this guy? Ma-Ma: Call 911.
– Submitted by caroban s (18 months ago)

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