• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Anthony Hemingway
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 22, 2012
  • 20th Century Fox

Critic Review - Chicago Sun-Times

Substitute 1940s fighters for spaceships, move them closer to Earth, and you have the audience appeal of this movie.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (16)
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GDP

Gavin Partridge

Weird review. I usually respect Ebert far more than other critics, but I don't understand how he can honestly square this sentence;

""Red Tails" is entertaining. Audiences are likely to enjoy it."

With the negative rating?

Surely if a movie is "entertaining" and audiances will "enjoy it" your over half way there?

There does generally seem to be an extraordinary amount of nit picking about this movie (I've just read a review that picks up on the lack cigarettes!?!?!?) and an overall anti Lucas vibe going on here.

Jan 19 - 09:07 AM

Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook

Ive seen alot of reviews make star wars references to this movie than actually review the movie.

Was it entertaining? what about the acting? FLow or the film...action seemed fake? review the movie..not past movies and the director(which he didnt even direct this movie, that makes it worst)

Jan 19 - 09:22 AM

Keith Ballard

Keith Ballard

When I see a review like this that seems to contain a lot of filler I tend to take it as a bad sign. In many cases it means that the movie just offered nothing interesting to write about, which matches up with other reviewers' comments about this being a derivative war film. It's always harder to find stuff to write about with middle of the road films (Ebert's score was 2.5/4) than it is for particularly good and bad movies.

Jan 19 - 09:30 AM

Dave M.

Dave Mart

His review is not bad at all, he made many serious arguments on the part the film was lacking character strenght. Nevertheless, the goal of "Red Tails" is that of being a blockbuster, therefore, there's a lot of risk going on here. By the way, I'm not anti-Lucas, and nobody should be.

Jan 19 - 12:15 PM

drxym

Darius Xym

Lots of people will be entertained by big explosions. It doesn't mean the movie is worthy of the subject matter treating it with respect that that it deserves. See Pearl Harbor as another example of a war flick that trivializes human sacrifice for big explosions, cliches and trite dialog.

Jan 20 - 04:31 AM

frankleeeyedont

stewart jung

I agree with Ebert, if you want to learn about the true Tuskegee Airmen watch the HBO version. If you want to watch a P51 Mustang blow things up, this looks like the movie for it.

Jan 19 - 09:35 AM

harlemworld84

R. H II

RT gave it a bad review when in fact Ebert gave it an above average. 2.5/4(which is on his website) is an above average rating. I don't get RT at times.

Jan 19 - 10:16 AM

dethburger

dethburger hates Flixster

RT doesn't decide if the review is fresh or not, the critic does.

Jan 19 - 02:00 PM

Ayub Dada

Ayub Dada

Every 2.5/4 = fresh. He said near nothing negative about the movie and even said audiences will love it. How is that a rotten?

Jan 19 - 02:08 PM

Matthew B.

Matthew Boren

2.5/4's are almost always rotten with Roger Ebert. Mostly because he's really generous with his ratings.

Jan 19 - 06:29 PM

Ayub Dada

Ayub Dada

Ya, I suppose you're right, but I mean he said it was all entertaining, people would enjoy it and stuff. And the only negatives I read about the movie coming from him was about the lack of the Jim Crow environment and I suppose some battle over Europe or whatever lacked substance, but I mean hey! I dunno, maybe I'd have to see it to understand...

Jan 20 - 04:00 PM

Ayub Dada

Ayub Dada

Ya, I suppose you're right, but I mean he said it was all entertaining, people would enjoy it and stuff. And the only negatives I read about the movie coming from him was about the lack of the Jim Crow environment and I suppose some battle over Europe or whatever lacked substance, but I mean hey! I dunno, maybe I'd have to see it to understand...

Jan 20 - 04:01 PM

Critique Threatt

Brian R

I saw the 1995 HBO version and enjoyed it a lot but now with the release of RED TAILS--After reading the negetive reviews i'm not so sure...Thus I am still going to see this film regardless.

Jan 19 - 08:58 PM

w@velength

In Your Dreams

This statement makes no sense. That's like saying "Well the movie is likely terrible, but I'm an idiot and this cash isn't going to spend itself!"

Jan 21 - 02:38 PM

Critique Threatt

Brian R

See your the type that likes to play it safe. Why don't you learn how to take a risk for once in your life?

Jun 25 - 04:05 PM

Critique Threatt

Brian R

For the record I saw the picture, spend the cash and got my money's worth.

Sep 1 - 04:04 PM

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