Red Dawn Reviews

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Graeme Virtue
The List
March 15, 2013
The action is generally well-staged, although watching teenagers building car bombs and cracking jokes about Call Of Duty feels like something to be endured rather than enjoyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Nugent
The Skinny
March 14, 2013
The enemy may have changed, but the same fatuous paranoia, flag-fluttering patriotism, and flimsy grip on international politics remains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hugh Ryan
Salon.com
November 20, 2012
"Red Dawn" is a ghoulish parody of reality, served up earnestly and obliviously, to an audience whose enjoyment will, perforce, be directly proportional to its ignorance.
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
December 4, 2012
If your film choices are dictated by what is in the $2 pile at Blockbuster, I imagine this kind of easily justified pro-war sentiment would go down a treat, especially with a bottle of cheap whiskey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
November 21, 2012
[Feels] more like the pilot of episode of a short-lived CW series than a feature-length motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
March 14, 2013
You're constantly asking yourself 'Will it matter if I leave half-way through this film?"?!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
November 24, 2012
Red Dawn is like the cinematic equivalent of burping and having some barf emerge at the back of your throat. You'll want to strap yourself into one of the vehicles with a car bomb attached to it just to get out of finishing the stupid thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2012
John Milius's 1984 cult classic about American teens battling a Soviet invasion has been reinvented as a Tea Party wet dream that offers a scathing (if completely illogical) indictment of the federal government.
Eric Eisenberg
CinemaBlend.com
November 20, 2012
There's no point in remaking a film unless you can improve upon the execution of an original idea and/or reform an old idea and make it apply to the now; Red Dawn doesn't bother to do either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
November 30, 2012
It's an insult to an audience that is desperately trying to suspend disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
November 30, 2012
Josh Peck is terribly miscast in this role and his character is so annoying, he almost made me root for North Korea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
November 20, 2012
Was anybody out there clamoring for a remake of "Red Dawn"? Show of hands? Anybody?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
November 20, 2012
The '84 original wasn't Shakespeare by any stretch, but it's practically a nostalgic masterpiece compared to this misguided remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix
November 22, 2012
In trading Milius's jingoist conviction for brotherly friction the remake has little reason for being.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Tom Clift
Moviedex
September 29, 2012
Yet another awful, flag-waving, post-War on Terror guilt reassignment picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2012
This remake has none of the cultural currency of the original, nor its violence nor campy panache. It is a cowardly, irrelevant thing ... one of those really ill-advised remakes that should never have happened, but at least will be forgotten very quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
November 21, 2012
Heaven's Gate for the Hunger Games generation
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 15, 2013
Hollywood's cynicism knows no bounds. They're now remaking bad movies too.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine
November 16, 2012
It feeds the warrior fantasies of adolescent boys with a testosterone-heavy tale of a war free of moral complications.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
March 17, 2013
In the wake of the Oscars, we have an early contender for worst film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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