Dredd Reviews

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Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
September 12, 2012
Dredd 3D is remarkably unoriginal and visually rancid. The lack of social satire coupled with the brutal violence makes for a hollow experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
September 20, 2012
The film's reliance on action at the expense of character development diminishes its effectiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
September 15, 2012
The closest you get to character development is when he smiles, frowns, or utters the occasional one line. That was all the life this film had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
November 2, 2012
All gunplay and no guts ... unless you count the brain matter smeared across most of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
January 8, 2013
The stunningly violent Dredd 3D strips out pretense of satire, a crucial element of the British comic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 20, 2012
Say what you want about Stallone's kitschy 1995 turn "Judge Dredd"...but the dude wore the helmet. Karl Urban replaces him in the new "Dredd," and, frankly, the helmet wears Karl.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
September 28, 2012
A Judge Dredd for the 21st century: humorless, scowling and shot in murky 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 23, 2012
Audiences who like to see bullets rip through eyeballs and cheeks will undoubtedly be delighted.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 12, 2012
If you've always wanted to watch bullets go through someone's face in slow motion, Dredd is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 19, 2012
Even if the similarity to The Raid: Redemption is pure coincidence, Dredd 3D suffers greatly by comparison, as it fails to muster even half of the thrills of its predecessor.
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
September 10, 2012
Despite admirable intentions and assured performances, Dredd 3D suffers from a structurally flawed script that fails to engage and repetitive fight sequences that fail to excite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 21, 2012
Dredd 3D is, at its core, a bloody spectacle and little more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
September 21, 2012
Once you get past Urban's magnificent performance, it doesn't feel much like the Mega-City One we expect.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 20, 2012
"Dredd" is a lot of murk and grunt with no inner engine. And the unnecessary 3-D only makes it look muddier.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 20, 2012
Every so often there's a suggestion that a police state may actually be a lousy idea, but this thought dies even faster than the disposable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
... suitably grimy and relentlessly violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 21, 2012
My notes are as follows: "Shoot bad guy." "Shoot bad guy." "Shoot bad guy."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 20, 2012
Offers occasional toughness and consistent brutality as compensation for anything interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 25, 2012
Dreadful, dystopian dirge, filled with graphic, gory, gruesome violence - and little else.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 21, 2012
We have seen this future. And not only does it not work - it no longer even surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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