Red Riding: 1974 Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 28, 2011
It envisions Yorkshire as a bleak and ugly place, where violence is just as commonplace as Yorkshire pudding.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
September 9, 2010
Cigarettes, leather jackets, bell-bottoms, and dollops of pop music establish the socially agreed upon distractions of the particular bygone time: just a few ways of avoiding ugly truths. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 16, 2010
With its muted colors but unmuted violence, it's similar texturally to David Fincher's superb Zodiac, about another 70s serial killer. It's also just as disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
March 19, 2010
The Red Riding films all come across as great, gritty tales of police corruption and human failing, but it's the first film that has the most impact, mainly because the young reporter Dunford is such a mix of romantic notions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
March 19, 2010
This is a noir, the kind where the good-for-nothing gumshoe (here, an investigative reporter) has a habit of getting his face bashed in, usually on account of a girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
March 11, 2010
Each film is enriched by collective detail, but it would have been richer had they played off each other rather than extending the argument.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
March 10, 2010
A well-made, expertly performed mystery with the added bonus that there are two more films to watch when this one's over.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 25, 2010
It is effective at setting the stage, introducing some of the characters, and capturing the attention of those who love gritty, uncompromising dramas about police corruption and the dark side of human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Laura Clifford
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 17, 2010
...the only one of the films [of the trilogy] which can really stand on its own artistically...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
February 3, 2010
The tenets of crime cinema are well taken care of in 1974, which sets a specifically chest-tightening tone of anxiety and futility that makes the next two pictures (1980 and 1983) impossible to miss.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
January 19, 2010
Tightly helmed by Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) . . . (and) beautifully shot, with some sensational acting turns -- especially by Rebecca Hall as one of the victims' mothers.
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