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Red Dawn Reviews

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J. Olson
April 17, 2016
A picture of slight charms and minor successes, but they're definitely there for the right audience to discover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 15, 2013
While it does have its inherent flaws, it proves to be much better than the original...

Sky Movies
March 13, 2013
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.
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
March 10, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
November 29, 2012
Has enough patriotic fervor to draw in audiences once word of mouth gets around.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
November 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Rogers
November 21, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
November 21, 2012
Not as gloriously cheesy, or gritty, as the original, but still a good little low-rent action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 21, 2012
...actually more entertaining than the 1984 original... though that isn't saying a lot.
Dustin Putman
November 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
November 20, 2012
It's not saying much that the new Red Dawn is better, but it is. By quite a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Zingale
November 19, 2012
Red Dawn is far from perfect, [but] it's a crowd-pleasing action flick that does John Milius' original movie justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 19, 2012
Shockingly tolerable and surprisingly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joe Leydon
October 1, 2012
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.
Luke Mullen
Film School Rejects
October 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: B
Fred Topel
September 30, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7 out of 10
William Goss
The Playlist
September 27, 2012
Stands well enough on its own as an efficient, exciting tale of teenage insurgency.
Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013
... 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
July 27, 2013
As stupid as the original, yet modernized to include the Subway product placement that today's audiences crave.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
March 19, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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