• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Action & Adventure
  • Directed By:
    In Theaters:
    Nov 21, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 5, 2013
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Red Dawn Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While it does have its inherent flaws, it proves to be much better than the original...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

March 15, 2013

Sky Movies

The concept is, undeniably, ridiculous, and the plotholes plentiful if one cares to look hard enough. But Red Dawn zips along at such a pace it's hard to notice.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

March 13, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

Dan Bradley's Red Dawn does a fine job distancing itself from the original, but while doing so becomes a mostly mindless action picture with a rather shallow message.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 3/5

March 10, 2013
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

Has enough patriotic fervor to draw in audiences once word of mouth gets around.

Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 6/10

November 29, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Red Dawn isn't a particularly good film... but it is entertaining. As an exploitative remake of an exploitative flick from the 80s, it's still fun to watch.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 23, 2012
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

A technically proficient, matinee time-waster, but not the palpable, clammy-palmed geopolitical nightmare that could have been. It trades not on current U.S. anxieties, but the bankability its stars acquired as the film languished on studio shelves.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2012
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Not as gloriously cheesy, or gritty, as the original, but still a good little low-rent action flick.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B

November 21, 2012

...actually more entertaining than the 1984 original... though that isn't saying a lot.

Full Review Source: Nerdist

November 21, 2012
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

Viewers willing to check their brains at the door and go along for the ride will find it a suitably exciting, if not exactly tougher or smarter, version of subject matter that is timely in an entirely different way than it was nearly thirty years ago.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 20, 2012
Matt Pais
RedEye

It's not saying much that the new Red Dawn is better, but it is. By quite a bit.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 3/4

November 20, 2012
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com

Red Dawn is far from perfect, [but] it's a crowd-pleasing action flick that does John Milius' original movie justice.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2012

Shockingly tolerable and surprisingly entertaining.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: B-

November 19, 2012
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Battle scenes are infused with a propulsive sense of urgency, as Bradley (a vet stunt coordinator and second unit director) often achieves an effective semi-documentary look.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 1, 2012
Luke Mullen
Film School Rejects

Ultimately, Red Dawn is a fun film that knows enough not to try to be anything it's not. Most of the cast is solid, the action is good, and there's a nice sprinkling of legitimately funny moments throughout.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: B

October 1, 2012
Fred Topel
CraveOnline

I'm just hoping it does well so I can pitch my own sequel, Fred Dawn, where terrorists take over Fantastic Fest and I take them out one by one and save the day... Perfectly good fun.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7 out of 10

September 30, 2012
William Goss
The Playlist

Stands well enough on its own as an efficient, exciting tale of teenage insurgency.

Full Review Source: The Playlist

September 27, 2012
Richard Haridy
Quickflix

... intricately designed to not offend any subset of its audience. It's as impotent as Milius' original was ballsy, and despite a brief running time and passable action, it ends up a frustratingly pointless experience.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2/5

November 25, 2013
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

As stupid as the original, yet modernized to include the Subway product placement that today's audiences crave.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: D+

July 27, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

A remarkably half-baked remake of John Milius' 84 actioner (which wasn't a classic to begin with), Red Dawn is every bit as ludicrous as it sounds. And then some.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 1/5

July 5, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Ridiculously violent for the certificate and wholly implausible in its set up, Red Dawn is the kind of gung-ho action thriller for people with sawdust for brains.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 2/5

March 19, 2013
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