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Red Eye Reviews

June 3, 2006
The psychological mind-games are played to the hilt, the pressurised cabin air increases the edge-of-the-seat tension and the 85-minute flight time is gratifyingly short.
September 26, 2005
If constructing a thriller could be likened to building a house, then Wes Craven's Red Eye is a perfect piece of architecture: It's clean-lined and soundly structured, without a foot of wasted space or any materials left unused.
September 7, 2005
I'm not claiming masterpiece stature for Red Eye, just a solid professionalism in the acting, writing and direction that seems inextricably related to the modesty of its intentions.
September 6, 2005
The movie turns into a complicated duel that depends on precise observation of physical detail and moment-by-moment continuity so closely calibrated that it's impossible to find a wasted shot or an exaggerated emotion.
August 29, 2005
For Wes Craven, who I like a lot as a slasher director, he really goes into a different direction with this.
August 27, 2005
It took forever, but the best thriller of summer 2005 has finally arrived. The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 26, 2005
After a summer of crashes, bangs, endless chase scenes and special effects that belittle the actors standing in front of them, what a pleasure to see characters in a thriller doing what people like themselves possibly could do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
Fast and furious and tightly focused and blessedly short at 85 minutes, it recalls not so much today's bloated, computer-crazed films, but tighter melodramas of the '50s.
August 19, 2005
Red Eye doesn't just stick to the basics -- it reminds us why they still matter.
August 19, 2005
[Craven finds] another new way to stoke our apprehensions of being caught vulnerable and helpless.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
An immensely dumb, immensely fun thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
A film that delivers high tension without the baggage of postmodern irony.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2005
Teach this one in film schools. Maybe it could save us from all those stupid, nobody-would-do-that plot turns, flaccid formula screenwriting and thrillers that run so long they lose their thrills.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 19, 2005
The movie is a pleasant surprise at the end of summer, and an exciting detour from one of the most influential directors of horror films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 19, 2005
An airborne suspense thriller that terrifies with a smile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
Once the plane touches land, things go downhill. The movie devolves into a by-the-book action flick.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 19, 2005
In short, Red Eye hits the bull's-eye.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
This is a sophisticated genre movie, and it's effective on many levels.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
If you can sit back, buckle up and forgive the plot holes on its runway, Craven's bumpy ride is rollicking entertainment, careening from winking humor and cutting dialogue to big action payoffs.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
Sitting through Red Eye is like watching a master carpenter at work on a custom bookcase. No one would call the result art, but you're sure bound to admire the sheer craft of the thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
Rare these days is the thriller that takes its time, allowing us to get comfortable with the characters and the characters to get comfortable with one another before starting the chase or inducing the shocks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
There are no dinosaurs, starships, monsters or special effects involved. Just two humans pressed too close to one another, locked in a fight for survival. What could be more frightening?
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 19, 2005
If you can suspend enough disbelief to follow a plot that sacrifices itself on an altar of cheap, end-of-picture thrills, you'll get your money's worth.
August 19, 2005
Briskly paced, it takes less time than a flight from Denver to L.A. It may not be a classic, but it's way more satisfying than a mini-bag of pretzels and a soda.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2005
A one-trick action thriller that feels like a poor cousin of an episode of 24.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 19, 2005
Red Eye proves once again that imaginative wrapping enhances any package's appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 18, 2005
A movie that, like its heroine, is lithe, limber and quick-thinking. Like a triple latte from the airport Starbucks, Red Eye will keep you awake, jittery and perched on the edge of your seat for pretty much the entire flight.
August 18, 2005
Red Eye stretches believability to the breaking point more than once, but the story moves with such headlong speed that there's scarcely time to object.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2005
There are enough thrills during the final third to give Red Eye viewers a few of Craven's patented jolts near the end. But it requires forbearance for both a silly script and uneven pacing to get to that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2005
This nifty, tense thriller directed by Wes Craven brings together a classic setup and a relevant-sounding if thoroughly undercooked story involving worldwide terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 18, 2005
It's encouraging that Craven cast two relative newcomers who are excited about being in the film, rather than stale stars earning a paycheck.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 18, 2005
Red-Eye is the work of a filmmaker in command of the full resources of the camera in telling a story visually and with economy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 18, 2005
Craven, an old hand at menace, shifts gears smoothly from the slasher parodies of Scream, offering a more subdued brand of suspense.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2005
[A] brisk, efficient B movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2005
Preposterous, to be sure. And the credibility gap only widens as Jack's lethal mission nears its consummation. But by that point, Craven already has us in the palm of his hand, smooth-talking us with a finesse worthy of his dashing villain.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2005
A nifty thriller that plays like B-movie blast from the past.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 18, 2005
First-time screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director Wes Craven don't come up with a single clever way to generate suspense.
August 18, 2005
A minimalist exercise in maximalist suspense.
August 17, 2005
A good measure of the movie's white-knuckle fun comes from Craven's old-hand familiarity with the way thrillers tick, predicated on the smallest and most banal of missed connections, the kind that get an audience to go crazy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 16, 2005
Craven's terror-alert white-knuckler is a zippy, unpretentious entry in the subgenre, hinging on the enforced proximity of cat and mouse.
August 15, 2005
It pulls just about every nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat trick imaginable, yet gets away with it through what is, admittedly, a clever and original gimmick.
August 15, 2005
Red Eye relies on hoodwinking an audience with its tension, so that the sheer illogic of the conspiracy plot can slip by without detection.