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

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Graeme Virtue
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

March 15, 2013
John Nugent
The Skinny

The enemy may have changed, but the same fatuous paranoia, flag-fluttering patriotism, and flimsy grip on international politics remains.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 2/5

March 14, 2013
Hugh Ryan
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"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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 20, 2012
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
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

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 Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2012
William Bibbiani

[Feels] more like the pilot of episode of a short-lived CW series than a feature-length motion picture.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 4.5/10

November 21, 2012
Stefan Pape

You're constantly asking yourself 'Will it matter if I leave half-way through this film?"?!

Full Review Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 1/5

March 14, 2013
Chris Sawin

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 Source: Examiner.com | Original Score: 2/10

November 24, 2012
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 21, 2012
Eric Eisenberg

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 Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2012
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

It's an insult to an audience that is desperately trying to suspend disbelief.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2.25/5

November 30, 2012
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

Josh Peck is terribly miscast in this role and his character is so annoying, he almost made me root for North Korea.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 1/5

November 30, 2012
Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
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Was anybody out there clamoring for a remake of "Red Dawn"? Show of hands? Anybody?

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 20, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

The '84 original wasn't Shakespeare by any stretch, but it's practically a nostalgic masterpiece compared to this misguided remake.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 1.5/5

November 20, 2012
Ann Lewinson
Boston Phoenix

In trading Milius's jingoist conviction for brotherly friction the remake has little reason for being.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 0.5/4

November 22, 2012
Tom Clift

Yet another awful, flag-waving, post-War on Terror guilt reassignment picture.

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

September 29, 2012
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

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 Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 4, 2012
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine

Heaven's Gate for the Hunger Games generation

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: .5/5

November 21, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

Hollywood's cynicism knows no bounds. They're now remaking bad movies too.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 15, 2013
Elise Nakhnikian
Slant Magazine

It feeds the warrior fantasies of adolescent boys with a testosterone-heavy tale of a war free of moral complications.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: .5/4

November 16, 2012
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