Red State Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 25, 2014
Phenomenal
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Dunks
Trespass
September 8, 2013
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.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 23, 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 | Original Score: C+
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Kevin Smith breaks with his lo-fi comedy tradition to deliver a horror story with themes of sex, religion and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Looker
TheShiznit.co.uk
September 25, 2012
The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is a shambles and the preaching gets so tedious you'll be praying yourself for divine intervention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
A flat, talky, derivative "horror" film that's not very controversial despite how much it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 25, 2012
Taking equal opportunity swipes at Christian fundamentalist bigots and the US government, Kevin Smith's subversively satirical movie keeps its audience continually off balance.
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
January 7, 2012
One of the best white trash horror films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
December 13, 2011
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.
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
November 27, 2011
Full of controversial subjects and interesting characters, it's the story that ultimately fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4.0
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
October 28, 2011
'Red State' is full of many 'almosts' - it's almost action, almost horror, almost groundbreaking and almost excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clem Bastow
The Vine
October 26, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
October 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
October 20, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 20, 2011
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.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 19, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
October 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
October 17, 2011
As separate acts, as well written movements meant to completely undermine the state of organized religion today, Red State is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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