Red Road Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 26, 2007
Unfortunately, its superb performances and assured camerawork are overwhelmed by dubious psychology and a clichéd climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 29, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 22, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2007
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 16, 2007
A must for movie lovers who want to see how so much drama, mystery and emotion can be created from so little.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 1, 2007
For a voyeuristic medium, this tale of a voyeur does a poor job of prying into its own protagonist's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 25, 2007
With assured performers, handheld cameras and natural lighting -- the ABCs of the Dogme method -- [Andrea] Arnold has given this ambitious undertaking a provocative start.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 11, 2007
[Director Arnold] drops the voyeurism theme almost entirely, a bait-and-switch that doesn't cripple Red Road so much as snip off its richest and eeriest thread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2007
Though not flawless, this is a compelling study, in Dogme style, of a wounded young woman who spends her working life spying on others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 4, 2007
A hypnotically absorbing suspense story in the Patricia Highsmith mold, Red Road draws us in with doom-laden images of high-tech voyeurism before pummeling us with shock twists.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2007
It's a fully realized portrait of a city, Glasgow, a portrait of a smart, watchful woman who works as a security monitor and who has endured great loss; and a portrait of the act and psychological implications of surveillance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 16, 2007
It's impossible to predict when the next two-thirds of this Advance Party Concept triptych are going to look like. But with characters like these -- and actors like these -- it's easy to be optimistic about the stories they still have to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 16, 2007
A sexy and cunningly disorienting thriller that provokes the viewer into a state of anxious participation from first to last frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 14, 2007
Red Road is a promising debut by a talented director, but with luck, next time, Arnold will be in a real position of authority, and not just manning someone else's watchtower.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Fear
Time Out
April 14, 2007
What this debut feature delivers in terms of storytelling and style, however, isn't just the promise of potential; it's the sign of someone hitting her stride straight out of the gate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 14, 2007
Despite the thick Scottish accents, filmmaker Andrea Arnold kept me intrigued, but beyond a certain point the movie's ambiguity fades into indifference.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 13, 2007
Dickie is intense in her screen debut, which requires her to be in nearly every scene. The supporting cast is strong, and Robbie Ryan's handheld camera provides gritty ambiance for this taut thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 13, 2007
If you think about it too closely, Andrea Arnold's jarring feature debut doesn't quite hold up. But chances are you'll be so focused on her lead, Kate Dickie, that you won't even notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 13, 2007
The queasy mixture of sympathy and curiosity that Red Road evokes is evidence of a talented, risk-taking filmmaker discovering her power.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2007
A spellbinding, intelligent thriller that takes its time to get where it's going but is well worth the trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 12, 2007
The measure of Red Road is that it leaves us hungry for what comes next.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 4, 2007
Andrea Arnold's Red Road, from her own screenplay, is the director's remarkable feature-film debut after three internationally well-received shorts, Milk (1998), Dog (2001) and Wasp (2003).
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 24, 2007
It's dynamite, the kind of sexy, paranoid, creepily atmospheric picture that invades all your senses at once.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 28, 2006
It's incredibly tense.
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Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
That devilish idea machine Lars von Trier reached into his bag of tricks and came up with the Advance Party project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
May 20, 2006
Sensual, dark in every sense, but a touch derivative, Red Road reps an impressive feature debut for Brit writer-helmer Andrea Arnold.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2006
A tense and provocative thriller revolving around a past tragedy.