If you care at all about intelligent genre cinema that doesn't paint by numbers, you've got to buy a ticket to 'Red Lights', warts and all.
| Original Score: B
The initial poetry of terror gives way to a wildly baroque and incident-packed plot that proves hyperbolic, mannered, and ridiculously overwrought.
| Original Score: 2/4
Things wind up to a fevered pitch before a rewind, like "The Prestige," but without any rabbit coming out of the hat.
| Original Score: C
Overblown and nonsensical, even for this type of thriller.
Flimsy and faltering, it's a fraudulent disappointment.
| Original Score: 4/10
The conclusion is unsatisfactory - indeed, it's frustrating and disappointing...By the end of the film, you'll either be confused, angry or both.
Rodrigo Cortes amps up the genre material so heavily that whatever he's trying to say about paranormal activity becomes incoherent.
| Original Score: 4
Red Lights culminates with a twist ending that doesn't just change everything that came previously, it actually negates the entirety of the film.
The American movie industry desperately needs a clever mystery thriller, but the sophomoric, nauseating and increasingly preposterous Red Lights fails to rise to that call.
| Original Score: 3.8/10
RED LIGHTS' very subtle writing, editing, and music create a mood of uneasiness and mistrust... It's magnificently off-kilter and constantly gripping.
| Original Score: 3/5
Directing from his own script, Rodrigo Cortés goes downhill in a story that goes limp in what is billed as a "mind-blowing conclusion" confrontation.
How did a cast like this sign on for a movie like this?
| Original Score: 1.5/4
One of the most preposterous and incoherent films of 2012...
| Original Score: 1/4
It's not so much the narrative sleight-of-hand that is irksome, as the implication that there may have been a better movie lurking in there the whole time.
| Original Score: 2/5
That all the good things--and there are several--Red Lights has going for it are ultimately in service of an ending that might even make M. Night Shyamalan cringe represents one of the year's biggest missed opportunities.
Someone should have stopped Red Lights.
They should have known that a levitating De Niro was simply a séance too far.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Cortes continues to challenge magical thinking, but ultimately submits to it. The only mystery is which of the characters will turn the screw of the twist ending.
I'm pretty sure that "Red Lights" is a fascinating failure -- and possibly an oddball cult film in-the-making -- but a failure none-the-less.
High-minded thriller about professional paranormal debunkers gets off to a strong start but loses focus halfway through.