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Red Riding Hood (2011)

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Critic 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.

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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.

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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

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (41)

Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you pondered the sexual connotations of this age-old fairy tale? Me neither. Just the same, someone has made a movie about...

July 18, 2011
indieWIRE
Top Critic

Yes, there's enough connection with the source's underlying issues of repression and desire to give this reason to exist, but, boy, does Hardwicke labour in getting from fairy tale to would-be psycho-thriller.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

More "Twilight" than Grimm, and a terrible mess.

March 28, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

Hardwicke directed Twilight, you'll recall, and would apparently like to continue directing it, over and over again.

Full Review… | March 21, 2011
Film.com
Top Critic

Catherine Hardwicke is Anne Rice with a camera.

March 16, 2011
New York Observer
Top Critic

Just when you think you've finished with one of these annoying franchises, another one pops up to plague you.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Red Riding Hood

½

Wasn't too sure what to expect with this being based on a children's fable yet filmed as a serious horror/thriller flick, to my pleasant surprise it was quite enjoyable and had a nice gothic almost German expressionist type feel to it that you might expect from directors such as Burton or Gilliam. The film isn't much of a horror as its not really scary at all so don't be thinking its gonna be a blood fest, there are some bloody moments but nothing extreme. The film is on a fine line between fantasy and thriller with an element of sexual fantasy running through the plot for young teenage girls, nothing strong, think along the lines of 'Twilight' teenage angst mixed with 'Cursed' or a little bit of 'Ginger Snaps' but not as in your face as those films, there is still an enjoyable werewolf film here. Much fun comes from Oldman as Father Solomon the werewolf hunter who gives a boarder line hammy performance but adds edge and giving the film that much needed bite of realism or stability, without that the film could easily have become laughable. Seyfried also gives a good performance as the lead Valerie which keeps the films head just above the water, apart from her and Oldman the rest of the cast aren't too good. Glorious visuals, nice and gloomy, dark and brooding set amongst snow coated forests of aggressive and gnarled looking trees, the sets are convincing yet the wolf CGI is slightly dubious in places. Simple plot which is handled quite well seeing as its only based on a short fairytale, it won't mesmerise you but its a decent solid werewolf flick.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Re-telling of the fairy with the werewolf terrorising the villagers. Good cast. Leonardo DiCaprio produces.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

Out of all the movies to rip-off, why rip-off "Twilight"? This film is neither scary nor romantic, it is just a painful bore-fest The only saving grace of this film is Gary Oldman, and that is only because his performance is so over-the-top that it is hilarious. This film makes"Twilight" look like "Casablanca" in comparison.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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