Red State Reviews

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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
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.
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
July 15, 2011
The film alternates between being heavy handed and moronic, and it seems to be informed by a 15 year olds' understanding of Waco filtered through the paranoid ramblings of a stoner.
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William Goss
Film.com
September 23, 2011
Wants so badly to push viewers' buttons, but struggles to reach them more often than not.
February 1, 2011
For pages and pages Smith decides to tell not show.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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
Alison Willmore
Movieline
September 22, 2011
Smith isn't up to doing anything other than setting up caricatures and then knocking them down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Edward Douglas
ShockTillYouDrop.com
January 24, 2011
For better or worse, Red State just doesn't have the elements we expect from a Kevin Smith movie, and horror fans will feel especially ripped off with how little the film resembles anything that may be deemed conventional horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
September 2, 2011
Kevin Smith's ambition outreaches his talent in Red State, a horror thriller with ultra-fanatical religion in its cross hairs, yet firing blanks in its commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
January 23, 2011
A messy, ambitious disappointment.
Nick Schager
Boxoffice Magazine
September 30, 2011
Ugly characterizations and simplistic preachiness negate the terror in Red State-a film that eventually proves horrific in ways unintended by writer/director Kevin Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 1, 2011
Unadulterated rampant ugliness illustrated by vio
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
October 12, 2011
It's a really strange film, terribly violent on one level and on another filled with lengthy, long-winded philosophical discourses and blind alleys
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 31, 2011
Part chiller, part lecture, Red State is a jumble of ideas and characterizations tossed haphazardly into an unnervingly disconnected motion picture, which often feels unfinished and calculated instead of winningly feral.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
October 12, 2011
In its efforts to accommodate Smith's argument the storyline gets decidedly messy. The slacker has become didactic and it doesn't suit him one bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
September 3, 2011
[Smith's] tedious foul-mouthed dialogue ... seems more obnoxious than ever when it brings action and suspense sequences to a grinding halt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 1, 2011
One of the most grotesque films of 2011...
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 5, 2011
Billed as something of a horror movie, the shifting sands of its tone make it neither fish nor fowl, as Smith flirts with comedy, action and horror without carrying off any of them particularly convincingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
September 1, 2011
a frustratingly fantastic movie that would be better and leave more of an impact if it bothered to take some kind of a side
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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