Red Riding Hood

2011

Red Riding Hood

Critics Consensus

Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script.

10%

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Total Count: 204

39%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 75,354
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Valerie (Amanda Seyfried) is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast-one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait.-- (C) Warner Bros.

Cast

Gary Oldman
as Solomon
Billy Burke
as Cesaire
Max Irons
as Henry
Lukas Haas
as Father Auguste
Julie Christie
as Grandmother
Shauna Kain
as Roxanne
Michael Hogan
as The Reeve
Christine Willes
as Madame Lazar
Michael Shanks
as Adrien Lazar
Kacey Rohl
as Prudence
Don Thompson
as Tavern Owner
Matt Ward
as Captain's Brother
Megan Charpentier
as Young Valerie
D.J. Greenburg
as Young Peter
Archie Rice
as Wolf Voice
Bella King
as Solomon's Daughter
Olivia Steele-Falconer
as Solomon's Daughter
Alexander Pesusich
as Man in Wolf Costume
Jordan Becker
as Woodcutter
James Michalopolous
as Solomon's Soldier
Darren Shahlavi
as Solomon's Soldier
Dalias Blake
as Solomon's Soldier
Michael D. Adamthwaite
as Solomon's Soldier
Lauro Chartrand
as Solomon's Soldier
Brad Kelly
as Solomon's Soldier
Paul Wu
as Solomon's Soldier
Gavin Buhr
as Solomon's Soldier
Samuel Smith
as Solomon's Soldier
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Critic Reviews for Red Riding Hood

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Audience Reviews for Red Riding Hood

  • Jan 03, 2018
    Director Catherine Hardwicke attempts to Twilight the Grimm's classic fairytale in Red Riding Hood. The story follows a small village that calls in the aid of a famed werewolf hunter to help them fight a werewolf that's been attacking them; meanwhile a young woman plans to run off with her lover but has second thoughts when she begins to suspect that he may be the wolf. Starring Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke, and Virginia Madsen, the film has a pretty solid cast, and Hardwicke does a good job at crafting a surrealistic visual style. However, the writing is rather poor; featuring all the usual genre tropes, one-dimensional characters, and a contrived love triangle. And the mystery of who is the wolf proves to be underwhelming. While Red Riding Hood presents an interesting new vision, it just doesn't work.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2013
    A re-telling of the 'Red Riding Hood' story but incorporating werewolves so that the interest of the Twi-hard fans will hopefully go and see it. Unfortunately Neil Jordan accomplished this in much grander and impressive fashion in the 80's with 'Company of Wolves' and instead all we have here is silly cgi-wolf effects and a kind of Agatha Christie 'And Then There Were None' type story (which 'The Beast Must Die' did better in the 70's). Seyfried al least brings a nice sexiness to the title character and Oldman is back to his 'Dracula' ways in a role that is so over-acted it's almost pantomime. The less said about the young male leads the better but it's no surprise to find that one almost got the lead role in 'Twilight'. This could have had real legs if it hadn't been watered down for the teenage market. Bland.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2012
    In "Red Riding Hood," Valerie(Amanda Seyfried) and her boyfriend Peter(Shiloh Fernandez) are planning to run away when they are rudely interrupted by the bell to inform their village that the werewolf is back and killed her sister. Even worse, is the news that Valerie has been promised to Henry(Max Irons) in marriage, prompting her mother(Virginia Madsen) to give her the standard 'one day you'll like your husband enough that you will not want to kill him in his sleep' speech. So while Valerie cries on her grandmother's(Julie Christie) shoulder, the menfolk go off to do manly things like killing a wolf. But like Brother Solomon(Gary Oldman) points out, that is not a werewolf they killed, but an ordinary wolf, so now they have PETA to worry about. Uh-oh. To be honest, "Red Riding Hood" is not really a bad movie. Nor is it really a good movie, either. Instead, it just sort of sits there, only having enough energy and imagination to add a werewolf and a whodunit to the classic fairytale, neither of which are that interesting or scary. There are signs that the movie wants to be timely and relevant, especially around gender issues and political paranoia, with a couple of scenes that take a shot at pushing the envelope, but that's about it. In fact, all of that just serves to highlight the movie's anachronisms while doing nothing for the lack of characterization. I have heard this movie compared to the "Twilight" movies(Catherine Hardwicke also directed the first one) which I wouldn't know anything about. If so, it does not look like I am missing anything.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 12, 2012
    For everything Red Riding Hood lacked, the story was almost there. Nothing about the movie was really very good, save the sets. Amanda Seyfried is proving incapable of carrying a movie without a strong co-lead. Director Catherine Hardwicke achieved notoriety with Thirteen, but besides the surprise I got with Twilight, hasn't done much. If you're bored, there could be worse choices than Red Riding Hood, I guess. Not much, but there could be.
    Jason C Super Reviewer

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