Red Dawn Reviews

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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2012
It's Friday Night Lights territory, but without good writing or acting.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2012
Red Dawn suffers from a number of serious problems. The first, and most obvious, is that this is mini-series material compressed into a 95-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 21, 2012
Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda!
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2012
Preposterously insincere ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 21, 2012
Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 21, 2012
North Koreans? Falling from the sky? Seriously?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 21, 2012
Just really, really lame, right down to the Communist symbols that adorn the revised Stars and Stripes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
November 21, 2012
An even odder war story than the bluntly provocative, Reagan-era original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 21, 2012
Red Dawn without the jingoism is like a pie without the filling-it collapses into splintered mush.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 21, 2012
The more ludicrous a concept, the more crucial it is that the director embrace the bigger-than-life absurdity. But everything about this project feels small-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 21, 2012
Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it feels more fateful than a football game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 21, 2012
It's Kim Jong-un versus Some Young Dumb 'Uns.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2012
I think I'm beginning to understand why the Chinese were not reckoned to be a prime market for this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2012
Could be fun, you might think. No. Bad acting and worse dialogue quickly put an end to that notion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
November 20, 2012
A movie in search of its moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 20, 2012
Bradley ... handles the low-fi action well, which helps divert attention from the bargain-bin special effects, bad acting and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 20, 2012
Scenes are rather murkily shot and characters are like cardboard cutouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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November 20, 2012
[Its] portrayal of violence derives more from video games than from history.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 20, 2012
Hutcherson gives what may be his first lackluster performance here, and I say that as someone who saw both Journey to the Center of the Earth movies.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 20, 2012
Anew Red Dawn could have been so much more fun had it thrown a properly out-of-bounds tea party. (It lacks the signature brawn of original director John Milius, a guns-first libertarian.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 20, 2012
Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far-fetched even if you accept that premise that no energy can be built, and the little that's there can't be sustained.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 20, 2012
It's not a disaster. It's just drab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 20, 2012
Feels like a movie without a cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 20, 2012
Today's terrorism paranoia, apparently, is too complex and too faceless for some. No, we need a clear-cut enemy. Do you have something in red?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 20, 2012
This world is divided between the makers and the takers, and after just a few minutes of "Red Dawn," you'll realize there's not much more you can take.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 20, 2012
Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative ...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 20, 2012
There's no edge to anything, either dramatically or politically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
November 20, 2012
Remaking an old film is rarely a good idea, but sometimes the idea is so spectacularly bad that the reasoning behind it defies all comprehension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 19, 2012
... the new "Red Dawn" feels like -- a surface-level photocopy with all of the problems of the first film and none of the accidental, seen-in-the-rearview power.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2012
An already silly premise is given a ham-fisted treatment in this ill-advised remake of John Milius' 1984 hit action film.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
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.
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
September 27, 2012
Garbage
Full Review | Original Score: D-