Red Reviews

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August 29, 2008
An elegant and deceptively straightforward dramatic thriller.
August 28, 2008
The movie's escalating series of tit-for-tat revenge ploys becomes a bit tedious even at 95 minutes, but Cox and a rich (if not always well-served) supporting cast that includes Tom Sizemore, Amanda Plummer, and Robert Englund keep it more than watchable.
August 16, 2008
A final quarter sentimental streak clashes with the masochistic pleasure of watching middle America close ranks against a victim who can't even bark in his own defense.
August 8, 2008
Begins promisingly and then swerves into absurdity.
August 8, 2008
What makes this movie worth seeing is the acting, which is superb throughout.
August 8, 2008
Along with Shotgun Stories, Felon, and a few other recent 'indie pulps,' Red is part of a wave of low-budget genre films that turn injustice into an abstract force ripping decent folk apart.
January 15, 2013
A vicious and brutal parable on human cruelty in the Jack Ketchum tradition...
October 21, 2010
October 31, 2008
The hero in Red doesn't want revenge. He wants an apology. This isn't your ordinary vigilante film.
October 24, 2008
...a deliberately paced and downright thoughtful piece of work.
August 29, 2008
A movie that's completely out of its tree.
August 29, 2008
A low-key but compelling thriller that refuses to follow the traditional vengeance movie template.
August 8, 2008
Once Avery's mission assumes a Freudian dimension, the allegory loses its moral force and changes from a meditation on justice, power and inequality into a gory melodrama.
August 8, 2008
As Diesen fades out with a pat, artificially full-circle ending, we still appreciate how Red danced on the edge of the Movie-of-the-Week abyss and, thanks to Cox and the careful tending of Jack Ketchum(TM)s original novel, never fell in.
August 6, 2008
The lesson to be taken away from Red is that, after some killin', the only thing that can make someone feel better is a new puppy.
August 6, 2008
Somewhere along the line someone should have taken a long, hard look at the excesses of the ending and changed course.
August 4, 2008
This powerful, elemental drama hits all the buttons, probably to a fault, but it's helped along by fine performances all around.
August 3, 2008
The film's climax ultimately seems less an example of its protagonist's irrational fury than of cockeyed storytelling.
Top Critic
July 30, 2008
It's Brian Cox's powerful but low-key performance and an abiding respect for animals that can't defend themselves that invest this simple, straightforward narrative with an understated passion that is unforgettable.
July 22, 2008
This movie has a humungous amount of problems, but I think that its absolute worst sin is that it'll make you think that the Jack Ketchum novel is some sort of Oprah's book of the month reject.
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