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Red State Reviews

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Glenn Dunks

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 Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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 Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: C+

August 23, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

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

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3/5

March 4, 2013
Matt Looker

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 Source: | Original Score: 2/5

September 25, 2012
Witney Seibold

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 Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 7/10

August 25, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

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

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 4/10

January 29, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

January 25, 2012
Lucius Gore

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

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2012
Justin Chang
Top Critic IconTop Critic

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 Source: Variety

December 13, 2011
Kevin A. Ranson

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4.0

November 27, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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 Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2011
Clay Cane

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

October 28, 2011
Clem Bastow
The Vine

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 Source: The Vine | Original Score: 3/5

October 26, 2011
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

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 Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 1/4

October 21, 2011
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

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 Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

October 20, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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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.

Full Review Source:

October 20, 2011
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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 Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 19, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2011
Bill Gibron

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 17, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Red State indicates a new level of boldness in Smith, resulting in his best film to date.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

October 16, 2011
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