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Red Dawn Reviews

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June 13, 2017
It pains me to say it, but I really kind of hate this movie. I am an admirer of Milius. This film is dumb ... it's not just the premise that's dumb, the dialogue is horrendous and the plot doesn't stand up to even the most basic scrutiny. I could live with this if the film was enjoyable in a really basic way, like many idiotic Cannon films are, for example ... but this film is deadly serious and dull. It's a shame because a lot of superb character actors are involved ... Harry Dean Stanton, Powers Boothe ... Ben Johnson, for God's sake. It's just a tough, long slog for me with little value derived.
½ April 30, 2017
Movie about a group of teenagers who become war heroes after they are attacked by the Russia and Cuban military on USA soil. Really really dumb script. The acting is average. Well directed and produced.
April 26, 2017
Its pretty dumb but fun in a dumb 80s way
½ April 17, 2017
There are some questionable things, some weaknesses, but enjoyable.
½ March 2, 2017
3.5/5 Stars. Good action movie that actually has something resembling plot and character development. Critics clearly watched up to the corny "AVENGE ME" scene and then started writing their synopsis after hitting pause. Everything after that is quite solid, especially for the average action film. Basically, the plot consists of the glorious communist revolution we've always wanted in North America. Right from the start, the shooting begins, which was a welcome relief from the typical "let's introduce everyone for 30 minutes, then get to fun stuff" approach. The cast is thoroughly well-chosen and everyone plays their part well. The two girls in the group grow into strong fighters and end their parts in the film admirably. The depiction of war, its effects, and even the humanity of the enemy forces is well done. It surprised me how mature it was after the cheese of the first 15 or so minutes.

Overall, a good war movie, very unique in its depiction of World War III America (at least prior to Call of Duty utilizing the scenario). Definitely worth a watch.
February 15, 2017
Classic what happens with gun registration and how it can be abused. People that can fight back are the first to be arrested or killed.
½ January 16, 2017
Great old time movie
January 11, 2017
The horror of every Republican coming alive in a movie!
Badly directed but also shocking and - to a certain extent - inspiring.
December 11, 2016
It was funny when people died
November 27, 2016
An interesting concept that gets silly after a while.
October 28, 2016
Red Dawn is more suited for the time it was released.
½ October 27, 2016
Red October was better.
September 21, 2016
4/5. One of the most patriotic movies ever made, and a fantastic war movie. It makes you really hate war, but love America, and want to shout WOLVERINES!
September 5, 2016
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August 14, 2016
Quite possibly the worst movie ever to come out of a major studio. It's so easy just to complain about the most ridiculous plot in history, but that would ignore the horrible pacing and wooden acting. Whoever thought this movie deserved a remake should be working a drive-thru window about now.
½ August 1, 2016
Red Dawn (1984) C-114m. ? 1/2 D: John Milius. Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen. Prose is plenty in this incredibly violent film--first ever to receive a PG-13 rating--about teenagers who defend themselves from invading communists. Good idea, actors wasted in show-offy posturing; non-stop action isn't always a plus. Remade in 2012.
July 27, 2016
Red Dawn poses a interesting, and somewhat disturbing, scenario that doesn't really lead to a very interesting film, at least not with how this one is executed. The cast is alright, but their performances and dialog leave much to be desired. The movie drags, and feels gloomy throughout. Parts of it are exciting, yet something about it doesn't hold up.
July 16, 2016
How could anybody give this an average rating of 4.8? The acting, the writing, the directing, the scene errors, and the sheer unbelievability of everything isn't even worth a cult. Yuck!
June 27, 2016
It's mediocre despite it's cult status.
May 17, 2016
Thought this was an awesome movie
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