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.
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.
| Original Score: C+
Kevin Smith breaks with his lo-fi comedy tradition to deliver a horror story with themes of sex, religion and politics.
| Original Score: 3/5
The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is a shambles and the preaching gets so tedious you'll be praying yourself for divine intervention.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
A flat, talky, derivative "horror" film that's not very controversial despite how much it thinks it is.
| Original Score: 4/10
Taking equal opportunity swipes at Christian fundamentalist bigots and the US government, Kevin Smith's subversively satirical movie keeps its audience continually off balance.
One of the best white trash horror films in recent memory.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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 of controversial subjects and interesting characters, it's the story that ultimately fails.
| Original Score: 1.5/4.0
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
'Red State' is full of many 'almosts' - it's almost action, almost horror, almost groundbreaking and almost excellent.
| Original Score: B
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.
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.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
As separate acts, as well written movements meant to completely undermine the state of organized religion today, Red State is mesmerizing.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Red State indicates a new level of boldness in Smith, resulting in his best film to date.
| Original Score: 4/5