The Raid: Redemption Reviews

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Chase Whale
Film.com
August 28, 2013
My only complaint about The Raid is that it ended.
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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
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 13, 2012
"The Raid: Redemption" is built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 11, 2012
Evans doesn't bother much with story or character development, instead making his film a kind of brutal ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 9, 2012
The movie is a gory free-for-all, a horror film dressed up as an action film, and it's as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 7, 2012
Because Welsh-born director Gareth Evans has an especially good understanding of how to choreograph and stage the fight scenes, this comes across as a viscerally enjoyable experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 6, 2012
"The Raid: Redemption" is sheer action ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
March 29, 2012
Raw, rough and relentless, it just keeps coming at you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 29, 2012
The film is a sort of high-speed demolition derby except with human actors. It is 100 percent highly concentrated whoop-ass, and it is sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 29, 2012
As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 23, 2012
The Raid, about as pure an action film as you're ever likely to see, wants to have its cake and eat it, too. It does.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 23, 2012
Extraordinary stunt and fight work and nonstop excitement, but a warning to those who are at all squeamish: this may be the most violent movie I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 23, 2012
The entire thing is so vague, at times it feels like a sequel to a movie we never saw; surely, there's something we're missing here, right, some backstory we're supposed to have?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 23, 2012
After too many bloated Hollywood spectacles, the joltingly energetic The Raid: Redemption feels like an action film distilled to its essence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2012
The action is brutal, bloody and virtually nonstop in this adrenaline-packed riff on "Assault on Precinct 13.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 23, 2012
The hardest-working guy on this film had to be the foley artist, the technician responsible for figuring out what it sounds like to have both knees and elbows snapped, in rapid succession.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 22, 2012
A slam-bang, knock-your-socks-off action bonanza with some of the most peerlessly shot, performed and choreographed fight sequences you're likely to see on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 22, 2012
Listen, just watch the doggone movie.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
March 22, 2012
It's claustrophobic, tense, ultraviolent -- and fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 22, 2012
Grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
March 22, 2012
Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film, an Indonesian martial-arts movie that ups the violence by giving its characters a modern-day worldview - and weaponry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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March 22, 2012
This electrifying movie isn't just a collection of gory moments. It actually goes somewhere.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 22, 2012
It's exhausting but exhilarating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 22, 2012
I love that a film this gory secured the same Motion Picture Association of America rating as "The King's Speech."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 22, 2012
It's a surge of adrenaline that connects a strong protagonist and story to martial arts moves - traditional Indonesian silat - that are well beyond business as usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 22, 2012
I am dismayed. I have no prejudice against violence when I find it in a well-made film. But this film is almost brutally cynical in its approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 21, 2012
"The Raid: Redemption" will offer a full meal to action-starved moviegoers, but strike most others as -- for all its athletic dynamism -- lacking nutrition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2012
[It] makes The Expendables look like 12 Angry Men.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 20, 2012
Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans's Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 20, 2012
For now, Evans can take pride in the fact that he's set the bar for cinemayhem impossibly high.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 21, 2012
Watch any given 15 minutes of The Raid and you've pretty much seen The Raid. But why the hell would you only watch 15 minutes?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Koehler
Variety
September 13, 2011
It's easy to forget the story altogether in the sheer rush of Rama's fight to the top floor; instead, viewers will wonder how the amazing battle that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again.