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Red Road (2006)

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88

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 10

Red Road director Andrea Arnold skillfully parses out just enough plot details at a time to keep the audience engrossed in this seductive thriller.

88

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 3

Red Road director Andrea Arnold skillfully parses out just enough plot details at a time to keep the audience engrossed in this seductive thriller.

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A woman paid to watch others begins stalking one of the men she's been trailing in this thriller from Scotland. Jackie (Kate Dickie) is a woman who has buried herself in her work with a security company since the death of her husband and child. Jackie's work involves monitoring a crime-ridden corner of North Glasgow with a bank of closed circuit television cameras; after her shift is over, she either goes home or has an occasional assignation with a friend from work who isn't happy with his

Aug 28, 2007

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Unfortunately, its superb performances and assured camerawork are overwhelmed by dubious psychology and a clichéd climax.

October 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Like the Peeping Tom-paranoia of similar recent films Disturbia and Civic Duty, this finely crafted debut feature by Scottish writer/director Andrea Arnold packs a wallop.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Though it's paced as a thriller, the film ultimately emerges as a haunting exploration of how grief can weigh on us, and the depths to which it can drive us.

June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A must for movie lovers who want to see how so much drama, mystery and emotion can be created from so little.

June 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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For a voyeuristic medium, this tale of a voyeur does a poor job of prying into its own protagonist's life.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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With assured performers, handheld cameras and natural lighting -- the ABCs of the Dogme method -- [Andrea] Arnold has given this ambitious undertaking a provocative start.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Despite some elemental flaws in logic and plausibility, this is a tense and potent film at times that hints at the sort of greatness that we can find to a greater degree in Ms. Arnold's other works, Wasp and Fish Tank.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemania

No drab stone is left unturned

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Sets a chilling downer mood that gets under your skin like few films ever do.

January 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ancorado pelas performances complexas de Dickie e Curran, o filme traz a diretora estreante Andrea Arnold como uma revelação a ser observada com atenção nos próximos anos.

January 8, 2008
Cinema em Cena

A brilliantly conceived thriller that keeps us guessing right up to the very end, Red Road intrigues but frustrates by its slow development and often incomprehensible Scottish dialogue

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A strange sort of map of the city [is] spread across these fragmented cubes of visual information. And there's also the metaphorical map of the characters' lives, where they're coming from and where they're going.

September 20, 2007
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

I like that you're never sure where this road is going to lead.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Red Road is an atmospheric little thriller made up of equal parts paranoia, loneliness and anxiety.

June 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The glacially paced film is tersely episodic, and scenes are thrown onto the screen like jagged bits of raw meat that have been torn from a bone.

June 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's a jarring sensation, for a thriller not to be about the chase, or the mysterious force of evil lurking in the shadows, but about an intangible gulf dividing two people occupying the same room.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

An impressive debut that is orchestrated with a deep, underlying tension that never lets us guess what will come.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

I couldn't get this film's quiet power out of my mind.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)

It should be noted that Red Road contains one extremely graphic sex scene. But like much else that transpires in Red Road, what is seen is not always what it looks like on the surface.

June 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

some may find the denouement a tad sentimental, but it is a long, dark and twisted journey that takes us there, scrutinising the shadier contours of human loss and guilt like a grainy face on a screen.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Jackie's story extends beyond her control, no matter what she sees, thinks she sees, or tries to see.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
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Audience Reviews for Red Road

A very good movie about a women seeking revenge for the death of her husband when she see's the man responsible for his death and her daughters death back on the streets. A thriller and drama with many twist and turns. 4 stars 7-3-12
September 19, 2012
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Voyeurism, revenge, loss and healing - Age old issues brilliantly brought to life in this intense and suspenseful thriller. Kate Dickie's performance is brutally real as is the film itself, unsurprising really as this is part of a challenge from Dogme director Lars Von Trier as part of his The Advance Party manifesto. The intrigue is almost unbearable (In the best possible way). I've been a big fan of Andrea Arnold for many years, although not always as a director, I fell in love with her as a young boy when she was in No 73 on Saturday mornings. Anyway - She's a great director now and this is a brilliant film, criminally overlooked it seems. Looking forward to seeing Fish Tank and to seeing the next of three The Advance Party films, starting with Morag McKinnon's Donkeys, if only I could find it. Great stuff!
April 20, 2011
SirPant

Super Reviewer

There's something very appealing about withholding the full story from an audience until the end. If it's done right. With Red Road, it's not done very well. What the folks involved in this project wanted to do, I'm sure, is create suspense. Mission not accomplished. By the time you understand the whole story, you really don't care.
March 29, 2010
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