Red Lights (2012)



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Movie Info

Veteran paranormal researchers Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) debunk fraudulent claims of ghost whispering, faith healing and other psychic phenomena by detecting what Matheson calls "red lights," the subtle tricks behind every staged supernatural occurrence. But when the legendary blind psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro)comes out of retirement after 30 years, his once-fearless adversary Matheson warns Buckley to back off, fearing reprisal from the … More

Rating: R (for language and some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rodrigo Cortés
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 2, 2012
Box Office: $49.3k
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Critic Reviews for Red Lights

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (28)

A clever thriller, bolstered by three great performances.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"The X-Files" is long gone. Hail and farewell. But its spirit lives on in "Red Lights." Hail, hail.

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

By strict definition, any movie featuring Robert De Niro as a spoon-bending clairvoyant superstar ought to hold a few cards up its sleeve.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A lot of talent comes up empty in "Red Lights," a thriller that doesn't thrill.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

With the sort of last-minute plot twist that sank M. Night Shyamalan's career, Red Lights comes to an unexpected, risible end.

Full Review… | August 2, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Red Lights

A pair of paranormal investigators who specialise in debunking self-proclaimed "clairvoyants" go head to head with a renowned psychic who comes out of retirement. Rodrigo Cortes' supernaturally themed thriller has many of the hallmarks of the projects of the likes of M. Night Shyamalan in that it's nicely shot, directed with some panache and has managed to attract some big names to the cast. Unfortunately it has also inherited their hokiness and reliance on telegraphed twists that are all to obvious to anyone with any cinematic literacy. Red Lights does have its moments thanks to the superior cast and the cinematography is attractive and atmospheric but as always seems to be the case with the genre, the initial intrigue is far more entertaining than the pay off. In the end it feels over-long and anticlimactic despite a potentially interesting final twist in the tale and more like a decent episode of The X-Files than a big budget movie. Christopher Nolan has made a career of doing this type of thing, but doing it much better.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


Tom Buckley: And today it'll be over...for you and for me.

"How Much Do You Want To Believe?"

Red Lights is a very interesting movie, but not all that satisfying of one. For one, the first half is extremely dull and boring. The movie finds some momentum in the second half though. Also I don't care for where the story goes. It's all so obvious and unsatisfying, that it destroys an interesting concept and a trio of good performances from great actors. 

Margaret Matheson and Tom Buckley work together at a university and for the most part, their work is in exposing psychics who claim they have powers for frauds. There's one psychic that made Margaret doubt though and that is Simon Silver. Silver is coming back from retirement and is the most famous psychic out there. Tom gets obsessed with exposing Silver as a fraud, but is he actually?

Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver are both good in their veteran roles, but Cillian Murphy definitely gives the best performance in the film. Still these actors and a good storyline are ruined for me, by the movie going exactly where you expect, but don't hope, it goes. Unfortunately this one goes that path and ends up playing out in a Carrie-esque fashion. 

This is still worth a look, as it isn't a completely horrible film, but just one that doesn't live up to what it could have been. This should have been a great movie and not just a so-so one and that's my biggest problem with it. If the idea of a movie about psychics and trying to expose them for frauds, with many bizarre elements thrown in for good measure, intrigues you; then give it a look.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Confusing. Had potential, but went astray...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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