Red Riding Hood Reviews

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 28, 2011
More "Twilight" than Grimm, and a terrible mess.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
March 21, 2011
Hardwicke directed Twilight, you'll recall, and would apparently like to continue directing it, over and over again.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 16, 2011
Catherine Hardwicke is Anne Rice with a camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 15, 2011
Just when you think you've finished with one of these annoying franchises, another one pops up to plague you.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 12, 2011
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 11, 2011
Not nearly suspenseful enough to pass as a horror film, Red Riding Hood is an awkward supernatural whodunit weighed down by banal dialogue more suited to a teen soap and Hardwicke's clumsy direction.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 11, 2011
Red Riding Hood is pretty decent, considering it's, you know, Red Riding Hood.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 11, 2011
Red Riding Hood has the added inconvenience of being dreadfully serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 11, 2011
You'll howl alright; this is the funniest movie I've seen all year. Yes, it's supposed to be a horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 11, 2011
What big eyes and lips Amanda Seyfried has. And what nice cheekbones Julie Christie, who plays her grandmother, has. Unfortunately, these are about the only outstanding features in Red Riding Hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2011
"Red Riding Hood" is such a sorrowful attempt to resurrect the marketing magic of "Twilight" that it ought to be titled "Career Eclipse."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 11, 2011
Hardwicke, whose first "Twilight" film looks like "Citizen Kane" with fangs compared to this, takes things sooo seriously, which translates as buffoonery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 11, 2011
[Hardwicke] has a gift for taking situations of bloodcurdling thrills and investing them with all of the drama of a sophomore fussing over her prom date.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 11, 2011
A lurid, loopy, utterly ludicrous enterprise that seeks to twist the ultimate fable of feminine fear and victimhood into an allegory for finding your inner bad girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 11, 2011
But, my, what sharp teeth Ms. Hardwicke doesn't have.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 10, 2011
Was Red Riding Hood masterminded by a cadre of particularly silly eleven year-olds undergoing withdrawal from Twilight? That's the only excuse for a movie this dopey.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 10, 2011
A foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 10, 2011
Overheated yet underpowered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2011
The result is a dolled-up, overblown, pandering romantic costume drama that's not only sillier than the filmmakers surely intended but also, if you follow the plot implications all the way to the end, way ickier, too.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 10, 2011
While the Twilight films strive for straight-faced grimness, Red Riding Hood often verges on outright florid hilarity. It isn't laughing at itself, but that needn't stop the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 10, 2011
Red Riding Hood is just another movie about a girl pining for a boy, defined by a boy, held back by a boy. And that's not pretty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 10, 2011
For a while the joke seems intentional.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 10, 2011
Its WTF factor is off the charts, beginning with Hardwicke's all-too-obvious attempt to avenge herself upon the "Twilight" franchise.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 10, 2011
Seeing the plot of 'Twilight' get stuffed into Little Red's riding hood is a painful business. But look for a fat box office.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 10, 2011
Seyfried holds the camera's attention, playing this storybook business pretty much straight, although David Leslie Johnson's script puts the actress sorely to the test.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 10, 2011
Gorgeously shot, smartly conceived, cleverly cast, badly executed -- the lush medieval beauty here is at best only skin deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 10, 2011
"Red Riding Hood" is entertainment for the village idiot.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 10, 2011
A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2011
Like an idiot, I came to this movie hoping that director Catherine Hardwicke might engage in a feminist interrogation of the old fairy tale.
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
March 10, 2011
Directed by Twilight franchise launcher Catherine Hardwicke and shot on clunky-looking sets embellished with garish digital effects, Red Riding Hood is a cheap attempt to cash in on that vampire series' massive success.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 10, 2011
Red Riding Hood does trot out the classic what-big-eyes-you-have routine. It's a pretty amusing moment, and it makes you wish the rest of the film had that same sort of knowing sense of humor.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 10, 2011
Poor Amanda Seyfried. One of today's most lively and expressive young actresses, she finds herself stuck between two lifeless pieces of wood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
March 10, 2011
Acting's awful, storyline's messy and unengaging, and there's not a trace of authentic passion anywhere in the movie's picture-pretty production design.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 10, 2011
A movie that has little reason to exist, other than as a showcase for Seyfried's uncannily beautiful face, framed prettily in red, and as the latest in a line of fairy tales on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
March 10, 2011
According to legend, a silver bullet can kill a werewolf. Too bad it can't slay bad writing, without which the ill-conceived Red Riding Hood would not exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 10, 2011
Hardwicke helms Red Riding Hood with a clear vision for her target audience: young teens. There's violence but little blood, some chaste sexy bits and a few, swift scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 10, 2011
If, by chance, you've missed "Twilight" and its sequels, don't worry. Shiny, moody, moon-faced and dumb, "Red Riding Hood" pretty much replicates the experience entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
March 9, 2011
Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2011
Adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun, concerning itself mostly with the heroine's taxing dilemma of picking between the rural village's two best looking boys.