Red Dawn - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Red Dawn Reviews

Page 1 of 138
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
Reaganin ajan toimintaklassikko!
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
½ May 13, 2016
Silly, unrealistic, and a conservative wet dream.
April 10, 2016
Entertaining WW3 drama.

Russia launches a surprise attack on and invasion of the USA. A small town in Colorado experiences this first hand when Russian paratroopers land in the town and quickly take it over. A small group of teenagers from the local high school, calling themselves the Wolverines, manage to escape into the mountains and start to fight back.

Quite entertaining. Yes, it was made during the Cold War so is a tad propagandic and, some might say, dated. However, it is still relevant today to a degree, due to Vladimir Putin doing his utmost to restart the Cold War. Always good to see the Ruskies get their rear ends kicked.

Much grittier than I imagined. Being centred around teens and thus aimed at teens I imagined it would pull its punches and present a Disneyised version of war, complete with empty sentimentality and idealised versions of honour, chivalry and the like. Was pleasantly surprised to see that it didn't go down this path. The scene with the prisoner and the traitor rams that point home.

Plot is a bit basic and direction more focused on action than drama, so the movie is certainly no Citizen Kane. However, it has great momentum and is never dull.

Main cast includes many stars-to-be: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Jennifer Grey (in her second feature film), Lea Thompson and C Thomas Howell. Swayze does well but is a bit miscast, looking to old for his part. Turns out, that, while his character is 18 or so, Swayze was 32!

Supporting cast includes Harry Dean Stanton, Powers Boothe and William Smith.

Good fun.
March 28, 2016
Just stupid anti-soviet propaganda.
March 21, 2016
commie reviewers are sad. Their favorite people (Soviets) not portrayed as angelic utopians. So cheesy, but so awesome.

In WW3, Russians will only travel one truck at a time. And the US will offer zero armed resistance.

what the us army couldnt do...the wolverines could.
lot of new equipment they pick up for ppl living in forests.

Not the most cohesive narrative, and the attempt at character development was mostly a fail. Very little pathos. But, heck... fun to watch. If for no other reason, how much it must piss off commies, er, Democrats. Implausible. Great idea for a movie, though.
Page 1 of 138