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Red Lights (Feux Rouges) (2004)

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83

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 15

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

82

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 6

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

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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (15) | DVD (6)

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

January 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Puts a tense, deteriorating marriage on a highway-bound collision course with a killer.

December 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Before it turns into a thriller, and goes badly awry, Red Lights paints a devastating little portrait of a marriage on the rocks.

December 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[The plot] is filled with ingenious deceptions and sleight-of-hand trickery.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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The most ambiguously compelling romance around.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Shines.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

One weird movie.

April 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A compelling addition to the long tradition of artful French film adaptations of works of mystery and suspense literature.

March 4, 2005
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It's a gripping and powerful film that intrigues by the confluence of the mundane with the extraordinary.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A peculiar and occasionally engaging thriller that unfortunately lacks thrills.

January 6, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Everything that ensues is exactly what we expect to ensue, doled out with a fastidiousness that places too high a priority on verisimilitude and not enough on, y'know, entertainment.

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

An exercise in intrigue and tension, and the slow, constant build-up of dread has a certain Hitchcock flair.

December 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A film of pat psychology

December 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Kahn's amazing ability to sustain a mood of impending dread makes this film a boderline classic.

December 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Contentious sparks fly off the screen, for Kahn has chosen the most vicious of battlefields for his dramatic grid - an unhappy marriage.

December 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

The power of suggestion is so strong in Red Lights that, when it ends, you may feel like the whole movie was in your mind.

December 2, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Cedric Kahn is so adept at building Hitchcockian suspense out of the ordinary that the twist is truly chilling rather than silly.

November 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It's admirably streamlined and spare.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Not since Two for the Road (1967) has a married couple in French transit been slapped so sideways along the byways.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

It's a very sly piece of filmmaking.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Red Lights seethes with unexpected thrills around almost every corner. Antoine . . . has no clue to what lies ahead. ... Neither do we. That elevates the intrigue.

November 12, 2004

Audience Reviews for Red Lights (Feux Rouges)

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.
April 26, 2011
imrealgod

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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.
June 22, 2008
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