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Red State Reviews

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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.
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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.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
September 27, 2011
If nothing else, it's nice to see this director refusing to play by the rules of the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 22, 2011
For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 22, 2011
The startling Red State proves that everything you knew - or thought you knew - about Kevin Smith is wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 22, 2011
With Red State, Smith ventures far outside his comfort zone of endlessly chatty films about pop-culture-damaged slackers and into exhilaratingly unfamiliar waters. He's taking as many bold chances artistically as he is commercially.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2011
Add a bunch of forgettable characters (including a one-note Melissa Leo) and an ending which flirts with (but then flees from) a truly provocative climax, and you've got a project which perhaps only Rob Zombie could have made something of.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
Red State is cleverly contrarian enough to get a rise out of almost any audience.