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Red State (2011)



Critic Consensus: Red State is an audacious and brash affair that ultimately fails to provide competent scares or thrills.

Movie Info

Red State unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, Abin Cooper. It tells the story of three high school boys who, on their way to an internet arranged meeting with a woman, end up crossing paths with Cooper. The encounter sets into motion a series of events that causes all hell to break loose. -- (C) SModcastmore
Rating: R (for strong violence/disturbuing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Kevin Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 18, 2011
Box Office: $1.0M
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Michael Parks
as Abin Cooper
John Goodman
as Joseph Keenan
Nicholas Braun
as Billy-Ray
Stephen Root
as Sheriff Wynan
Kerry Bishé
as Cheyenne
Kevin Pollak
as ASAC Brooks
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Critic Reviews for Red State

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (9)

Calculated to outrage and executed to underwhelm, Kevin Smith's Red State is like a dull blade slashing wildly, predictably and ineffectually at its target.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
Top Critic

It's a charming if conspicuously unfinished film, a half-riotous, half-idiotic send-up of the teen horror genre with a vaguely hip political twist.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
Top Critic


Full Review… | May 25, 2014
2UE That Movie Show

Smith's greatest failure with Red State is that he will provide Fred Phelps with an even bigger ego to go along with the boosted Google alerts he is bound to receive.

Full Review… | September 8, 2013

The acting in this film is excellent, especially by Parks and by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, who plays Sarah Cooper, another gun-toting true believer in the church. John Goodman also is very good as an ATF agent.

Full Review… | August 23, 2013
Laramie Movie Scope

Kevin Smith breaks with his lo-fi comedy tradition to deliver a horror story with themes of sex, religion and politics.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Red State

Kevin Smith's shot at a "serious" movie is this infuriating, terribly directed and unfocused mess that only manages to be morally disgusting in its childish, inconsistent political ideas while also full of implausible situations and long, unnecessary monologues.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


So close to how I see Westboro Baptist Church and their craziness!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

Red State Quotes

Sarah Cooper: How sharper than a serpent's tooth to have a thankless child?! You get down on your knees and pray for God's forgiveness!
– Submitted by Matt P (3 years ago)
ASAC Brooks: How much you think a cross like that costs?
Joseph Keenan: You mean in dollars or common sense?
ASAC Brooks: Oh, zing!
– Submitted by Matt P (3 years ago)
ASAC Brooks: You said this was going to be a simple in and out sir? Simple just shit its self.
– Submitted by Conner F (3 years ago)
Sarah Cooper: I don't let no man near me unless he's got at least two beers in him.
– Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

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