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Red Dragon (2002)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 185
Fresh: 127 | Rotten: 58

Competently made, but everything is a bit too familiar.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 17

Competently made, but everything is a bit too familiar.



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Following the phenomenal success of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins returns as brilliant madman Hannibal Lecter in this thriller based on the novel in which author Thomas Harris introduced the character. Will Graham (Edward Norton) is an FBI agent with a rare gift for tracking serial killers who brought Hannibal Lecter to justice; however, his confrontation with Lecter proved to be a bloody, near-death experience, and afterward Graham retired from the Bureau, moving to


Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Ted Tally

Apr 1, 2003


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Frank Whaley and Philip Seymour Hoffman play minor characters so annoying they might as well wear T-shirts reading 'Eat My Brain.'

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Where Mann and Demme steered the hokum away from dull genre generalities, Ratner's point-and-film literalness churns out a thriller by rote, shorn of the psychological dogfighting that distinguished the first two films.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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Wonderful performances and some really chilling moments.

October 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The beats are the same, but the eerie vibe has been lost in translation.

October 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Slate
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Everything's a little too familiar.

October 4, 2002 | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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Elegant, dark, alluring, frightening, mesmerizing.

October 4, 2002
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Great, but too scary and violent for most teens.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (3)
Common Sense Media

A surprisingly good and entertaining finisher...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The film oozes contempt for its audience, caring nothing for the characters or suspense and only craving money.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A decent enough entertainment that sticks closely to the novel.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

Who would've guessed the guy who gave us Money Talks, Rush Hour and The Family Man had what it takes to realize a thriller as smartly effective as this?

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Hopkins should know better than to lessen the impact of these performances with redundant encores.

January 15, 2005 | Comment (1)
Looking Closer

Its thrills fall with metronome-like precision, exactly when they are expected, and the clues complete the puzzle without surprise or personality.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Ratner, Tally and Hopkins bring back the elements that made Lambs one of the creepiest films ever made ...

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Tenso e envolvente, o filme conta com belas atuações (especialmente de Fiennes) e é infinitamente superior à fraca versão dirigida por Michael Mann em 1986.

November 23, 2003 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

Sometimes a remake can be better than the original. This doesn't happen very often, but...Thus it is with Bret Ratner's remake of Michael Mann's "Manhunter."

November 7, 2003 | Comment (1)
Greenwich Village Gazette

Psychological thrillers became a dime a dozen after the success of Lambs, but Red Dragon is at least worth your $7.50.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Because this is the second time he's pimped out this Oscar-winning meal ticket for a hefty paycheck, maybe Anthony Hopkins should be forced to give his statuette back.

June 27, 2003 Full Review | Comments (2)

A thoroughly entertaining, efficiently mounted thriller.

May 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The movie is flawed but the DVD is stuffed with extras.

April 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

If you've seen the original it's like watching a well-rehearsed covers band.

April 8, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

a damn good suspense movie, against all reasonable expectations. Best of all, however, is the return of Anthony Hopkins as evil incarnate himself, Doctor Hannibal Lecter

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source:

...So packed with good acting it's hard to know where to begin praising it.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

'Infinitamente superior a Hannibal. Brinda nuevamente la oportunidad de ver en pantalla a uno de los íconos de la cinematografía mundial.'

January 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Moviola

Audience Reviews for Red Dragon

April 11, 2013
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After the utterly nonplussing HANNIBAL, it wouldn't be fair to hold high expectations of the Hannibal saga any longer. It's possible the film would have failed if expectations of something as remarkable as THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, but if there's one component resurrected (almost) just as phenomenally as was done in that classic, it's the performances. With Anthony Hopkins reprising his stunning villain, we must expect the film to succeed at some level in this area. We are blown away by how well the talent of other names are showcased: Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Emily Watson, to name a few. Unfortunately the film fails in its attempts to aim for originality. It's certainly justifiable that RED DRAGON is its own work and, in fact, not a prequel. There isn't much done to Hopkins to make him appear younger, for example, and although a date is given in the beginning of the film, we barely remember it because the presentation could reflect any time between the mid-20th century to now. The plot, however, tends to play out as a rehash of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. FBI agent Will Graham (Norton) is assigned to investigate a mysterious-and surprisingly underwritten-serial killer dubbed "The Tooth Fairy", just like in SILENCE when FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) investigates "Buffalo Bill". To uncover necessary information, Will seeks help from Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (Hopkins)-just as Clarice did in SILENCE.

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August 21, 2012

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Edward Norton's role will never top Jodie Foster's 'Clarice Starling', but his character is clever and unique. While Ralph Fiennes gives off a superb performance as 'The Tooth Fairy', it's not as shocking as Ted Levine's 'Buffalo Bill'. The major problem I had with this film was that it was too similar to the 1991 masterpiece.While it not up to the standards of 'The Silence of the Lambs', its worth a try if you enjoy seeing Anthony Hopkins return with a hunger for humans.
July 15, 2012
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November 23, 2011

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    1. Hannibal Lecter: Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Hannibal Lecter: Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Lloyd Bowman: What about sweating Lecter?
    2. FBI Agent Will Graham: We tried sodium amatol on him three years ago to find where he buried a Princeton student; he gave them a recipe for dip.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Reba McClane: If there's anything I hate worse than pity, it's fake pity. Especially from a walking hard-on like Ralph Mandy.
    2. Francis Dolarhyde AKA The Tooth Fairy: I have no pity.
    – Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
    1. Francis Dolarhyde AKA The Tooth Fairy: You felt so good.
    2. Reba McClane: So did you D.
    – Submitted by Ceara R (2 years ago)
    1. Hannibal Lecter: If i tell you, I'm afraid you won't even try it.
    – Submitted by Chris B (3 years ago)
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