Dredd

Dredd

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Dredd Reviews

Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Lovece
Newsday
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
Top Critic
September 21, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

Every so often there's a suggestion that a police state may actually be a lousy idea, but this thought dies even faster than the disposable characters.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

For sci-fi action fans, it's an instant classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joel Arnold
NPR
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

It's savage, beautiful and loads of fun.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

What's exceptional is the orchestration of color, form, light and dark (lots of dark), 3-D technology and digital effects into a look that amounts to a vision.

Tom Russo
Boston Globe
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

In a generic way, the environment works. But it drains the material of what should be most unique about it, and leaves Urban twisting despite a tightly coiled performance.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

"Dredd" is a lot of murk and grunt with no inner engine. And the unnecessary 3-D only makes it look muddier.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

A fine piece of cheap entertainment.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

With its dark characters and the grim setting, the film masterfully creates a compelling, nightmarish atmosphere.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Darren Franich
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice - and his chin.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

A wickedly dark comic streak breaks up the vivid violence and relentless bleakness of "Dredd 3D."

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Phipps
AV Club
Top Critic
September 20, 2012

Mostly a bunch of flatly staged bits of action shot against anonymous backgrounds.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
Top Critic
September 19, 2012

Even if the similarity to The Raid: Redemption is pure coincidence, Dredd 3D suffers greatly by comparison, as it fails to muster even half of the thrills of its predecessor.

Simon Abrams
Village Voice
Top Critic
September 18, 2012

Dredd is proudly degenerate-and it never feels compelled to slow down and explain itself.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
September 18, 2012

Urban gives the best "all mouth" performance since the Rocky Horror lips, sneering with seen-it-all gruffness and intoning Dredd's trademark catchphrase-"I am the law"-with the kind of B-movie-inflected soulfulness that feels damn-near profound.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
September 18, 2012

Not much of what Dredd has to offer is new or groundbreaking, but the fusion of familiar elements generates a smartly-paced, suspenseful 90 minutes that's a vast improvement over the 1995 film ...

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
Top Critic
September 18, 2012

This isn't a bad movie version of 'Judge Dredd,' but it's also too little too late.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Raju Mudhar
Toronto Star
Top Critic
September 10, 2012

Essentially a futuristic take on Die Hard or The Raid: Redemption, this is a violent, gory and faithful execution of the character that fans should rejoice at.

James Rocchi
MSN Movies
Top Critic
September 10, 2012

Dredd 3D isn't revelatory, nor does it redefine any of the genres it splashes among as it goes its merry, bloody way, but as goofy-gory self-satire high-tech low-morality future-cop epics go, it's charmingly diabolical.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 10, 2012

Dredd 3D constantly impresses on a visual level, with a gritty style more akin to cult hits like District 9 or 28 Days Later than to standard Hollywood comic-book blockbusters.

Laremy Legel
Film.com
Top Critic
September 8, 2012

Sit back and enjoy, the movie earns every morsel of entertainment goodness.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
Top Critic
September 5, 2012

Travis makes the most of limited resources: the industrial backdrops are stunning, the action scenes sizzle and the eye-of-the-addict Slo-Mo sequences are sickeningly beautiful.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Geoff Berkshire
Variety
Top Critic
July 16, 2012

Grim, gritty and ultra-violent, Dredd reinstates the somber brutality missing from the U.K. comicbook icon's previous screen outing.