Red Eye


Red Eye

Critics Consensus

With solid performances and tight direction from Wes Craven, Red Eye is a brisk, economic thriller.



Total Count: 192


Audience Score

User Ratings: 436,137
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A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in offing a politician.

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Rachel McAdams
as Lisa Reisert
Cillian Murphy
as Jackson Rippner
Brian Cox
as Joe Reisart, Lisa's Dad
Jayma Mays
as Cynthia
Angela Paton
as Nice Lady
Laura Johnson
as Blonde Woman
Suzie Plakson
as Senior Flight Attendant
Max Kasch
as Headphone Kid
Jack Scalia
as Charles Keefe
Teresa Press-Marx
as Marianne Taylor
Robert Pine
as Bob Taylor
Carl Gilliard
as Taxi Driver
Mary-Kathleen Gordon
as Airline Representative
Loren Lester
as Irate Passenger
Philip Pavel
as Dallas Ticket Agent
Amber Mead
as Dallas Ticket Agent
Dey Young
as Dallas Gate Agent
Tina Anderson
as Rebecca's Mom
Jeanine Jackson
as Passenger with Iced Mocha
Joey Nader
as Tex-Mex Bartender
Kyle Gallner
as Headphone Kid's Brother
Dilva Henry
as Newscaster
Monica McSwain
as Junior Flight Attendant
Amanda Young
as Flight Attendant
Dane Farwell
as Hit Man at Dad's House
Jennie Baek
as Keefe's Assistant
Colby Donaldson
as Keefe's Head Bodyguard
Beth Toussaint
as Lydia Keefe
Adam Gobble
as Keefe's Son
Megan Crawford
as Keefe's Daughter
C.C. Taylor
as Keefe's Bodyguard
Scott Leva
as Keefe's Bodyguard
Marc Macaulay
as Coast Guard Officer
Skip Richard Crank
as Man on Fishing Boat
Mark Cotone
as Man on Fishing Boat
Jim Lemley
as Man on Fishing Boat
Martin Trees
as Male Flight Attendant
Noelle Drake
as Coffee Shop Girl
Jenny Wade
as Coffee Shop Girl
Alex Edlin
as Marine Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for Red Eye

All Critics (192) | Top Critics (43)

  • 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.

    Jun 3, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 26, 2005

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 7, 2005 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 6, 2005 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • A classy thriller that scoots along at breakneck speed.

    Sep 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt
    Top Critic
  • Rare these days is the thriller that takes its time, allowing us to get comfortable with the characters before starting the chase or inducing the shocks.

    Sep 2, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Eye

  • Jun 15, 2012
    A hugely underrated character-driven thriller that highly thrives off of the lead performances of Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy. Additionally, it's an amusing change of style for director Wes Craven, who manages to pack this film with lots of tight moments of tension and twists throughout.
    Tyler C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2012
    It's feels short, but its a tense and (sometimes scary) piece of work from Wes Craven, and great music, really sets the tone. Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy were perfect for their roles, they give good performances. It's a nice thriller and I'm surprised by how short it is and it manages to entertain you, even if your in the plane for a lot of minutes, it will not disappoint you.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2012
    Pretty good come back from Wes Craven. It lacks the previous intensity from the other films, but enough acting skills were used to keep the film entertaining.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    I was expecting more from this typical thriller. I've seen much better. This is kind of like a movie you'd happen to catch on T.V., and then forget about it soon after. There are no surprises at the end, everything about this movie just yelled "generic." There was nothing wrong with the performances, in fact Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy were pretty good. But that doesn't change Red Eye from being mediocre.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer

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