The Raid: Redemption Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 20, 2012
Evans, who's clearly an admirer of Walter Hill, John Woo, John Carpenter and John McTiernan, maintains a fierce pace that never lets up.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 19, 2012
Possibly the best John Woo film that John Woo never made, The Raid is a skull-splintering slice of wish fulfillment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 18, 2012
[T]his isn't a movie so much as a series of martial-arts duels strung together along the flimsiest of narrative threads.
James O'Brien
Daily Mail [UK]
May 17, 2012
I absolutely loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
May 17, 2012
Throughout the running (and jumping) time, the increasingly contrived action gets more violent, more intense and more outrageous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Toby Weidmann
Electric Sheep
May 17, 2012
It's early days yet, and there are still some excellent films to come, but already I think I've found my film of the year.
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 17, 2012
The Raid is a film for which the adjective "awesome" might have been invented, but it's so awesomely awesome you might want to teach it some new words.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
May 17, 2012
The Raid is fun of a kind: the kind liked by the brainless everywhere and by the intelligent in moments of elective brainlessness, such as a drunken Saturday night.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
May 17, 2012
Guaranteed to be a word-of-mouth hit. Expect to be introducing people to The Raid for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

May 17, 2012
The stunts, set pieces and overall mayhem can't be faulted. The cast are so energetic, the deaths so silly and the fun so unapologetic that that's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 17, 2012
The Raid is completely deranged - and completely superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 16, 2012
The action is very well staged but it's no substitute for genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
May 16, 2012
Get your mates together and bear witness to an instant action movie classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
May 16, 2012
Superbly shot, fast paced and thrillingly staged, this is a pulse pounding, non-stop action fest that marks both writer-director Evans and ass-kicking star Uwais out as future talents to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
May 15, 2012
For now, count 'The Raid' alongside the likes of Peter Jackson's 'Bad Taste' or Guillermo del Toro's 'Mimic': a talented young filmmaker flexing his muscles, stating his intent, and promising better things in the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
May 14, 2012
For all its vigour, The Raid is another film that subscribes to fight choreography reminiscent of a video game aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
May 14, 2012
Remember your first time with Hard Boiled? Die Hard? This is how it's done - a clean, hard, constant hit of adrenalin.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Bill Gibron
May 2, 2012
(T)he entire movie plays like a pair of defibrillator paddles, jolting us out of our typical genre malaise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
It is 'cine-sadism' at its finest. Hits hurt; sweat drips; blood spatters; machetes slice; bones crunch and break; you'll gasp, you'll laugh, you'll applaud and you'll want to marvel at it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
Eric D. Snider
April 19, 2012
The movie gets a little slow when it settles down for some routine dialogue or plot development, but it's never more than a couple minutes before break time is over and it's back to the insane fighting stunts.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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