Red Lights (2004)

Red Lights

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Critic Consensus: Red Lights is a taut, character-driven thriller, set against the debris-strewn battleground of a failing marriage.


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It's a summer holiday weekend in Paris and Antoine and Hélène are on their way to pick up their children at summer camp, thus joining thousands of other vacationers on the highways to the south of France. At first in high spirits, the couple starts sniping at each other during the drive as tensions in their relationship bubble to the surface. Frustrated by the freeway, Antoine takes a byway detour, much to Helene's displeasure, and then leaves her in the car as he stops for a drink. Once they're … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Laurence Ferreira-Barbosa, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, Cédric Kahn, Gilles Marchand
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 22, 2005
Box Office: $0.5M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Red Lights

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (37)

Barely makes it into the passing lane. It's stop-and-go all the way.

Full Review… | January 7, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Puts a tense, deteriorating marriage on a highway-bound collision course with a killer.

Full Review… | December 24, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Before it turns into a thriller, and goes badly awry, Red Lights paints a devastating little portrait of a marriage on the rocks.

Full Review… | December 23, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Thriller/mystery buffs might find the narrative slow; the thriller elements aren't introduced until the movie is nearly half over, and the mystery starts even later. But a dandy payoff will reward those who are patient.

Full Review… | December 2, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

[The plot] is filled with ingenious deceptions and sleight-of-hand trickery.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Shines.

Full Review… | May 4, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Red Lights

If you like to explore theories, you might wanna take this detour. I can only wish I'd avoided it. An utter disappointment, this friggin' (brilliant, for some; to each, their own) movie completely ruined my mood.

imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

After watching RL, I checked out some other reviews that mostly described this film as Hitchcockian. Here is the difference: Hitchcock would build tension and suspense throughout the film to the point that you were moved closer to the edge of your seat as the film progressed. One is never quite certain how things will proceed.

Kahn creates a film that just filled me with a different sort of tension; annoyance. This is a lot of "build" for very little payoff, and by the time the payoff occurs I was more annoyed at the movie than on the edge of my seat. The constant driving just frustrated me even further.

I promised myself I wouldn't forget how painful the first 30 minutes were, no matter how things turned out after that. Indeed, while RL clocks in at 100 minutes it feels more like three hours.

BlueTorch
Curt C

Super Reviewer

Jean-Pierre Darroussin's character was such a jerk to his wife, especially when the wife is played by the gorgeous Carole Bouquet. Red Lights, with it's mysterious plot and steady pace, shows the common male paranoia. I don't know if the end brought justice or if it made me happy, I just hope the husband will start being nice to his family and quit drinking.

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