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Red (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 195
Fresh: 139 | Rotten: 56

It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 15

It may not be the killer thrill ride you'd expect from an action movie with a cast of this caliber, but Red still thoroughly outshines most of its big-budget counterparts with its wit and style.

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A group of former government assassins fights back against the CIA after they're targeted for knowing too much in this adaptation of Warren Ellis' acclaimed DC Comics graphic novels. Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) used to be a hired gun for the CIA. Along with Joe (Morgan Freeman), Marvin (John Malkovich), and Victoria (Helen Mirren), Frank's specialty was carrying out contracts that the government didn't want the public to know about. These days, Frank and his old gang are all retired, but the

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Red is a goofball lament. It's saying that in the good old days, or at least in the good old movie days, our killers were good-time guys.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Beneath its light exterior is not only a neat, if unsubtle, political undercurrent but a rebellious streak about how the allure of firing an RPG outweighs the prospect of retirement.

October 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Much of the enjoyment comes from seeing these respected thespians so thoroughly embody cartoon characters; it's like Sidney Lumet directing Space Jam.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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You're never too old for mayhem.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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What really works for Red is our shared history with the actors involved.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film.com
Film.com
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Red has ka-booms, rat-a-tat-tats and a wildly extended first date. It's edgy and fantastically gooey -- and flaunts it.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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It delivers a few thrills here and there but ultimately a bland story and forgettable characters turn Red into a mediocre action film at best.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A playful action blockbuster with a top-shelf cast and a refreshingly unconventional concept.

April 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Oh, that "RED" was the giddy romp it might have been, it promises to be or it thinks it is.

January 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Put your brain on hold for a few hours and you'll enjoy this light-hearted action comedy.

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The best reason to get out there and see it is to see these actors take on this kind of over-the-top material. The fun they appear to be having on screen ends up being quite contagious.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The cast's efforts go about halfway to compensating for Red's lack of inspiration elsewhere.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

All the stars seem to be having great fun playing goodies and baddies and running around shooting things. But they could do the same thing paintballing, sparing us from having to watch them and avoiding having to spend 60 million dollars in the process.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

A fun little spy thriller that twists the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks and suggests that perhaps they can teach you something new instead.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Si el entretenimiento funciona, además, se debe en gran parte a un atractivo elenco que se divierte como loco jugando a los espías y a los héroes de acción.

May 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

It could use more blammo. And more witty. And more everything else. But it requires nothing from you and, in turn, gives back a reasonable amount of action-tainment, so you still come out ahead in the bargain.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

This is a flawed but highly enjoyable actioner, bouyed massively by its big-hitting stars and a cheekily dark sense of humour.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

If the prospect of seeing Dame Helen letting rip with a ginormous machine gun while dressed to the nines tickles your fancy, give the film a go.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

A visually explosive film that leaves little time to catch your breath.

February 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com | Comment (1)

Call it the film equivalent of the Traveling Wilbury's...a sly caper film that boasts an Oscar laden, all-star veteran cast yet is anything but old and tired.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

They're not too old for this shit.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

The novel AARP-action vibe is loose and pleasant, even if the sensitive viewer can't help wishing gunplay and murder weren't so easy to accept as escapist entertainment.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...filled with the kind of sprightly paced, lighthearted violence that's supposed to evoke chuckles but mostly seems under-heated and over-loud.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Typical action-blockbuster stuff, entertaining and mindless, that is elevated by the high-wattage cast.

November 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

Yes, it's silly. But 'Red' is above-average because it boasts so much serious star power.

October 30, 2010 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

Audience Reviews for Red

I'm even surprised myself to say that the sequel is better.
January 3, 2014
Raajay

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four stars
December 13, 2013
YodaMasterJedi
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You know this idea had to come along at some point. Take the basic action premise of various spy flicks like Bond 'Mission: Impossible' and 'True Lies', then make the main characters retired old agents, super spy pensioners.

The plot is pretty much like any other flick in this genre, corruption that leads all the way up to the top, assassinations, intrigue and cover ups. Its Bruce Willis and his ex-team members who have been targeted by the CIA for termination due to previous unearthed information. So its up to them to get to the bottom of the it and uncover...errr the cover up.

The film is yet another comic book adaptation of another comic I've never heard of so I can't compare. A lavish cast from top to bottom because its a big Hollywood production, thusly the visuals and action are also lavish as hell. Now whether or not this is a good thing I'm not sure, I don't know how accurate this is to the comic book firstly and secondly I think it can take away from the whole experience because its too 'Hollywood-ish.'

There's nothing wrong with a glossy action thriller but they do tend to look the same. You don't really feel invested in the story because its all so neat, clean and shiny, there's no grit, no real sense of danger, all the cast are dolled up in layers of obvious makeup (Mirren) and you know no one of any real importance is gonna die and if they do chances are they will come back in the sequel.

That being said I can't deny this film is a reasonably fun ride with semi decent action sequences that all do look quite comic book-esque. The sharp visuals do give it a certain bold colourful style that comes across as quirky but with some dark undertones. I do like how the film is violent to a degree, its not a blood bath but you do see bullet hits, injuries and plenty of death...yet it seems to get tamer towards the end methinks. My best description would be akin to 'Kick-Ass' but not as violent and without the profanity. It is quite fun to see older action heroes taking out elite hit squads, the sight of Helen Mirren using a massive tripod mounted anti tank machine gun in a ball gown was quite funny.

It is all very predictable to be honest, this ain't no Bourne plot folks, did you really think Willis would lose his damsel in distress?. Some good action sequences, amusing dialog mainly coming from Malkovich who was the best character by far and a really good fight between Urban and Willis amazingly. The very end sequence unfortunately is too daft and comes across more like a Monty Python moment rather than a top action flick. For people like myself who don't know anything about the comic book the hook is old folk as super spies which is admittedly fun, apart from that is basically business as usual with nothing too ground breaking going on.
November 28, 2013
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    1. Marvin Boggs: Frank, I never thought I'd say this again. I'm gettin' the pig!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Ivan Simonov: Your radiance is almost killin' me tonight.
    2. Victoria: Almost.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Marvin Boggs: Do you know what's wrong with this country?
    2. Sarah Ross: They're all tryin' to kill us?
    3. Marvin Boggs: Exactly!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Robert Stanton: We're gettin' the band back together. It's nice.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Frank Moses: Is this gonna be a problem?
    2. William Cooper: No, I got it Grandpa.
    – Submitted by Cody H (13 months ago)
    1. Robert Stanton: We're getting the band back together. It's nice.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
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