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Red Hill Reviews

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Anders Wotzke

Red Hill only truly works when it retains a hard edge and a straight face. So why does Hughes insist on blowing so many raspberries?

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 24, 2010
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

[Robert] Rodriguez has made stuff like this work by demonstrating a healthy sense of self-parody. Hughes has yet to master that.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2010
Geoff Berkshire

The influence of numerous film legends ... burdens material that already feels derivative and uninspired.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 3, 2010
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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However arguably noble his film's intent to redress historical grievance, a poorly filmed shoot-out is never more than exactly that.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 2, 2010
Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
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The suspense that director Patrick Hughes manages to mount remains low-grade throughout and the plot never becomes entirely plausible.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 5, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a missed opportunity of disappointingly demonstrable proportions...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 14, 2011
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Former commercials director Hughes probably relies a tad too much on his old job for the whiplash editing...but there's a lot going on here that's worth a look.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2011
Matthew Turner

Red Hill starts brilliantly but tails off halfway through and fails to deliver on its initial promise, despite a strong performance from Ryan Kwanten.

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

May 12, 2011

Starts off like a lean, mean Walter Hill movie but ends up going a bit Blazing Saddles.

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

May 16, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Rehashing the cliches from several beaten-to-death movie categories doesn't add up to much.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 31, 2010
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Nothing fresh or original here, but director-writer Patrick Hughes enjoys a heightened sense of detail, making the most of dark bars and the interiors of stalled vehicles.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

November 3, 2010
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Aside from splicing together a policier and a Western, there's no spin here, just a checklist of clichés...

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 4, 2010
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

An Australian thriller that's never quite as clever or original as it seems to a movie, it's decidedly unthrilling.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

November 5, 2010
Derek Elley
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As short on originality and sustained tension as it is long on striking widescreen vistas and impressive technical smarts.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 3, 2011
Lucian Robinson
Financial Times

Though Hughes overplays his directorial hand occasionally, Red Hill is still the finest Australian western since The Proposition.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2011
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine

The Australian high-country setting of this blood-soaked western, brimming with jagged edged rock faces and menacing mountainsides, evokes the genre universe of director Anthony Mann.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2010
Rory Meyer
Empire Magazine Australasia

An ambitious Aussie Western with a chilling edge, Red Hill aims high and almost hits its target.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

December 7, 2010
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

From its wide panoramic vistas to its tight close ups, Hughes has created a suspenseful setting.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B+

November 23, 2010
Glenn Dunks

The production values are first rate and the action, heavenly influenced by old-fashioned westerns, is brutal and perfectly staged.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 15, 2013
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

This is a fun film that introduces Hughes as a director to look out for.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2010
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