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Red Dragon Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
April 7, 2008
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 7, 2007
Frank Whaley and Philip Seymour Hoffman play minor characters so annoying they might as well wear T-shirts reading 'Eat My Brain.'
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 7, 2002
Wonderful performances and some really chilling moments.
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October 5, 2002
The beats are the same, but the eerie vibe has been lost in translation.
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
Everything's a little too familiar.
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Washington Post
October 4, 2002
Elegant, dark, alluring, frightening, mesmerizing.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 4, 2002
It's highly entertaining, fast-paced and ultimately without deeper meaning, just like most other Hollywood blockbusters these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 4, 2002
Ultimately, Red Dragon is all about the cannibal, and Hopkins, with his unblinking stare and gracious manner, slips into the role like a favorite cardigan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
October 4, 2002
The actors have a good workout and Hopkins earns his enormous paycheck, but at day's end it all feels like a revved-up, market-driven rehash of a once-thrilling film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 4, 2002
Limited tension, lots of laughs, just what you want from a psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 4, 2002
By staying true to Harris' novel, Red Dragon makes for compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 4, 2002
Red Dragon is closer in tone and story to Silence than to the campy, over-amped Hannibal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 4, 2002
In both the writing and cutting, it does not achieve the kind of dramatic unity that transports you. You end up simply admiring this bit or that, this performance or that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 4, 2002
If you grew up with the original, it will remain your favorite for sentimental reasons, but if you come to the new version unbiased, it seems every bit as good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
October 4, 2002
Manages to be both repulsively sadistic and mundane.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 4, 2002
Red Dragon has been directed by Brett Ratner, he of the Rush Hour movies. If that's a step down from Jonathan Demme and Ridley Scott, it turns out not to be a very big one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 4, 2002
Director Brett Ratner, purveyor of the Rush Hour movies, exhibits neither the skill nor the patience to turn this remake into a memorable film. It's adequate but unsatisfying, a middling affair that neither dazzles nor particularly frightens.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
October 4, 2002
Efficient remake.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 4, 2002
This movie restores Hannibal Lecter's macabre fascination. It honors the character and Anthony Hopkins, not the Halloween costumes and campy catchphrases.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 4, 2002
Looking as if he wants to apologize for something, Norton gives a surprisingly flat performance.
| Original Score: C+
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 4, 2002
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 4, 2002
With one exception, the performances are certainly accomplished, yet no one truly shines, not even Fiennes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 4, 2002
Just when you think the picture can't go any farther over the top, it finds a whole new peak to tumble over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 4, 2002
this movie, based on Harris' first novel, has studied Silence of the Lambs and knows that the action comes second to general creepiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 4, 2002
Anthony Hopkins? Big deal! We've already seen the prequel to The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal -- and it was better the first time.
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Arizona Republic
October 4, 2002
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2002
It's impossible to duplicate the shock of the 11-year-old Lambs, but the new film succeeds at creating nerve-tightening moments of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 3, 2002
Predictable and inert.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2002
For all its brilliant touches, Dragon loses its fire midway, nearly flickering out by its perfunctory conclusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2002
This rush to profits has created a predictably efficient piece of business notable largely for its overwhelming creepiness, for an eagerness to create images you wish you hadn't seen, which, in this day and age, is of course the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 3, 2002
Brett Ratner's Red Dragon delivers the goods in scary fun.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2002
One of the best movies of the year and a splendid addition to a phenomenally popular franchise.
| Original Score: 4/5
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October 3, 2002
Achieves the near impossible: It washes the bad taste out of your mouth from the hideous sequel to Lambs, the despicable Hannibal.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 3, 2002
Like most motion pictures whose sole reason for existing is the almighty dollar, Red Dragon is poorly conceived and poorly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2002
A thriller made from a completist's checklist rather than with a cultist's passion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2002
A bowel-curdling, heart-stopping recipe for terror.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 2, 2002
Red Dragon is so good that it might be the final word on Hannibal Lecter.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 1, 2002
Red Dragon's formula is so risible and rote by now that the natural reaction to scenes of peril, torture, and suffering is flippant laughter.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 27, 2002
Thankfully, the Brett Ratner-directed film has more in common with Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs ... than 1999's overblown black comedy Hannibal.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 27, 2002
Ratner's faithful, immaculately appointed new telling of the inescapably creepy tale will be an intense, unnerving experience.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2002
Red Dragon is less baroque and showy than Hannibal, and less emotionally affecting than Silence. But, like Silence, it's a movie that gets under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4