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Red State (2011)

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58

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 84
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 35

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

56

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

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

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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) SModcast

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Oct 18, 2011

$1.0M

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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (35) | DVD (3)

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.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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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.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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If nothing else, it's nice to see this director refusing to play by the rules of the multiplex.

September 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Wants so badly to push viewers' buttons, but struggles to reach them more often than not.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comment (1)
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For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (6)
New York Times
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The startling Red State proves that everything you knew - or thought you knew - about Kevin Smith is wrong.

September 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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May 25, 2014 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
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.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

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.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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

March 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is a shambles and the preaching gets so tedious you'll be praying yourself for divine intervention.

September 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's an often-funny, sometimes precious, but always kind-of-scary little flick worth a note. If this was Smith's first film, he would be touted as a new talent to watch out for.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

A flat, talky, derivative "horror" film that's not very controversial despite how much it thinks it is.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Taking equal opportunity swipes at Christian fundamentalist bigots and the US government, Kevin Smith's subversively satirical movie keeps its audience continually off balance.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

One of the best white trash horror films in recent memory.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (2)
ESplatter

Full of controversial subjects and interesting characters, it's the story that ultimately fails.

November 27, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

If his performance were contained in some other film, a so-called 'serious' movie about religion and politics, for example, Michael Parks would be discussed as an Academy Awards contender.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comment (1)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

'Red State' is full of many 'almosts' - it's almost action, almost horror, almost groundbreaking and almost excellent.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: BET.com
BET.com

It's Kevin Smith, though, which means that "all over the shop" is par for the course, and the shop that Red State wanders all over is, for the most part, compelling.

October 26, 2011 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

A simplistic, poorly-constructed exercise in low-rent genre moviemaking. It's as if Kevin Smith made the movie just so he could promote it.

October 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Director Kevin Smith rebounds in a major way from the Cop Out debacle with a heady thriller that subversively comments on religion, law enforcement, the media and gun control.

October 20, 2011 Full Review Source: OK! Magazine
OK! Magazine

This is easily Smith's most mature endeavor to date, and it shows significant growth as a filmmaker. And that's what makes Red State both a triumph and a let-down.

October 19, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Kevin Smith fans will be curious about Red State, but few others will be able to endure its tub-thumping attempts at topicality or its lack of storytelling skill.

October 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

As separate acts, as well written movements meant to completely undermine the state of organized religion today, Red State is mesmerizing.

October 17, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Red State

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August 27, 2013
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Directors Cat

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So close to how I see Westboro Baptist Church and their craziness!
July 31, 2013
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Three high school boys go off in search of internet sex and find themselves kidnapped by a heavily armed religious cult. Kevin Smith's first attempt at a "grown up" film, Red State is an offbeat thriller with horror overtones that continually tries and occasionally succeeds at confounding your expectations. It begins as a Porky's style road movie, veers into torture porn territory only to become a siege thriller. Smith's willingness to dispose of key characters on a whim always keeps you guessing, but it also means that you never really connect with any of them and his dialogue is a little too pleased with itself in places, turning into ranting monologues rather than genuine discourse. The plot is also rather too far fetched to be taken seriously as drama and it's not OTT enough to be considered exploitation, but it is off-beat and unusual enough to always entertain thanks to watchable performances from John Goodman and Michael Parks. Despite its faults, this is probably Smith's best effort to date.
July 24, 2013
garyX
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Super Reviewer

Kevin Smith abandons his comedies for this horror/thriller loosely based on the Westboro baptist church. An extremist religious community kidnap 'sinners' and execute them. That's it for the plot, but things soon get out of hand with the arrival of John Goodman as an ATF agent. There isn't really a focus to the film, with everyone just being unlikable, from the religious maniacs to the government agents. The violence is pretty contained, but it's the performances that are most disturbing. Michael parks and Melissa Leo are fantastic as members of the church, and Goodman is simply fantastic as the conflicted ATF agent. Certainly exciting and tense, and shot in the style of an old skool 80s nasty, Smith perfectly captures the tone. However, as I said, you just don't get teh chance to attach to anyone as every character is expendable.
February 1, 2013
kiriyamakazou

Super Reviewer

    1. 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 (2 years ago)
    1. ASAC Brooks: How much you think a cross like that costs?
    2. Joseph Keenan: You mean in dollars or common sense?
    3. ASAC Brooks: Oh, zing!
    – Submitted by Matt P (2 years ago)
    1. ASAC Brooks: You said this was going to be a simple in and out sir? Simple just shit its self.
    – Submitted by Conner F (2 years ago)
    1. Sarah Cooper: I don't let no man near me unless he's got at least two beers in him.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Pastor Abin Cooper: I fear God. You better believe I fear God.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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