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Red Dragon (2002)


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

Critics Consensus: Competently made, but everything is a bit too familiar.

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

Critics Consensus: Competently made, but everything is a bit too familiar.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 273,866


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for violence, grisly images, language, some nudity and sexuality)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Ted Tally
In Theaters:
Apr 1, 2003
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Red Dragon

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (127) | Rotten (58) | DVD (29)

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

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Wonderful performances and some really chilling moments.

Full Review… | October 7, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The beats are the same, but the eerie vibe has been lost in translation.

Full Review… | October 5, 2002
Top Critic

Everything's a little too familiar.

October 4, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Elegant, dark, alluring, frightening, mesmerizing.

October 4, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Great, but too scary and violent for most teens.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

A surprisingly good and entertaining finisher...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review… | February 17, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

A decent enough entertainment that sticks closely to the novel.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007

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?

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

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

Full Review… | February 1, 2004

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2004
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
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
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.

Full Review… | June 27, 2003

A thoroughly entertaining, efficiently mounted thriller.

Full Review… | May 2, 2003
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2003

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

Full Review… | April 8, 2003

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

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

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

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review… | January 27, 2003

Audience Reviews for Red Dragon


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

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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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

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.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer

24/11/2011 (ONLINE)

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

Red Dragon Quotes

Hannibal Lecter: Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real.
– Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
Hannibal Lecter: Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real.
– Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
Lloyd Bowman: What about sweating Lecter? 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)
Reba McClane: If there's anything I hate worse than pity, it's fake pity. Especially from a walking hard-on like Ralph Mandy. Francis Dolarhyde AKA The Tooth Fairy: I have no pity.
– Submitted by Lucas G (2 years ago)
Francis Dolarhyde AKA The Tooth Fairy: You felt so good. Reba McClane: So did you D.
– Submitted by Ceara R (2 years ago)
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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