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Red Riding Hood (2011)

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10

Average Rating: 3.7/10
Reviews Counted: 193
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 173

Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script.

5

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 37

Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script.

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Movie Info

Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the

PG-13,

Horror, Romance

David Leslie Johnson

Jun 14, 2011

$37.7M

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All Critics (193) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (173) | DVD (10)

Yes, there's enough connection with the source's underlying issues of repression and desire to give this reason to exist, but, boy, does Hardwicke labour in getting from fairy tale to would-be psycho-thriller.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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More "Twilight" than Grimm, and a terrible mess.

March 28, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comment (1)
New Yorker
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Hardwicke directed Twilight, you'll recall, and would apparently like to continue directing it, over and over again.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Catherine Hardwicke is Anne Rice with a camera.

March 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Just when you think you've finished with one of these annoying franchises, another one pops up to plague you.

March 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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If you're a Twilight fan, you may feel as though you've already seen this. And if you're not, well, why would you be interested in something like this at all?

March 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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While it's nice to see renewed interest in genre fiction from a teenage girl standpoint, these new monsters don't have much bite to them.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Gary Oldman is the one bright light in this tired drama that deserves neither his talent or your time.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

'Beware the wolf,' warn Red Riding Hood's posters and television ads. Be even warier of this movie.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Trite dialogue, poor special effects and an insubstantial storyline make this one a bit of a dud.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

The CGI wolf would have been rubbish a decade ago, the clearly indoor village set looks like it once featured in an old episode of Star Trek and the central love story is lacking in bite.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

For all the heaving bosoms, the big-eyed flirtation and the cool Medieval fairytale hair products, it doesn't work.

January 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

With this film and the first "Twilight," Hardwicke has shown that she doesn't have much talent for direction and that she isn't that good a judge of material if this is the kind of film she keeps choosing.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Catherine Hardwicke, what the Hell happened?

December 31, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

it perfectly sums up the muddled feeling of a gothic horror romance that never feels all that romantic nor particularly scary.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Sexualising a beloved children's fairy tale seems an odd move, but when flanked by an unoriginal story and lacklustre performances, that appears to be the least of the film's problems.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National | Comment (1)
The National

"Oh my God, you can talk," Valerie exclaims at one point when confronted by the wolf (he can't). Oh my God, I've wasted almost two hours of my life in this theatre.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you pondered the sexual connotations of this age-old fairy tale? Me neither. Just the same, someone has made a movie about...

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Comment (1)
indieWIRE

Like Twilight, makes the shallow desire to run away with a boy the heroine's main concern.

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Bloodless on every level.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

What truly needs abolishing is the notion that the wretched Twilight saga is worth emulating.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

This one's a retake on 'Twilight.' I'd hang out in a different hood if I had the chance.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

... this gorgeously-mounted production fails to rouse the primitive ferocity of the primal beauty and the beast tale.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

Mildly diverting if you're curious, but don't expect to be blown away.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Mixes the melodrama of Twilight with the hokey horror of The Village but falls short of being 'so bad its good.' It's just not good.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

This movie is just a lot of people staring at each other by the light of a fire.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comments (2)
Movies.com

Audience Reviews for Red Riding Hood

Re-telling of the fairy with the werewolf terrorising the villagers. Good cast. Leonardo DiCaprio produces.
June 10, 2012
thmtsang
T Tsang

Super Reviewer

Out of all the movies to rip-off, why rip-off "Twilight"? This film is neither scary nor romantic, it is just a painful bore-fest The only saving grace of this film is Gary Oldman, and that is only because his performance is so over-the-top that it is hilarious. This film makes"Twilight" look like "Casablanca" in comparison.
April 20, 2012
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

I don't think anyone had any expectations for Red Riding Hood, so I wouldn't consider it as disappointing as say Cowboys and Aliens, but it's still awful and puts director Catherine Hardwicke firmly on the path to becoming the female Stephen Sommers.
Essentially, Red Riding Hood is a desperate attempt to update a fairy tale. And by update I mean the main character is a young, hot teenager involved in a love triangle between her and two equally attractive guys, and a werewolf who is given the Twilight treatment. And just to give this movie some credibility, they convinced Gary Oldman to take the paycheck (like who would refuse money) and play a werewolf hunter who is actually a crazy fanatic Christian.
Whoever wrote this screenplay also ran into a problem in not having enough material to expand this short fairy tale into a feature film, so instead, almost half this movie becomes a witch trial and chase as Amanda Seyfried's protagonist is accused of being a witch. So amongst the horrible dialogue and clumsy plotting....
I'm just going to stop. The acting is awful, aside from Gary Oldman. Nobody recites their lines with any real understanding of what the scene's about. Of course, the dialogue is cliche and awkward, but it all lays down on the director. The sets look like a cheap music video, there are no scares, poor editing, a goth rock soundtrack that makes the film all that more awful. I'm rambling. As you can see, one of the worst films of 2011. Think of how many starving children could have been fed with the money wasted on producing this garbage. Life is cruel and unfair that way.
December 23, 2011
MovieGeek13

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    1. Wolf Voice: I'll be coming back for you >:(
    – Submitted by Mary K (3 years ago)
    1. Valerie: You are gonna get what you deserve.
    – Submitted by Bill E (3 years ago)
    1. Valerie: OMG YOU CAN TALK!!!
    – Submitted by Mae K (3 years ago)
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