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Red Tails Reviews

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July 3, 2016
The first black U.S. fighter pilots rained down bullets on Hitler's Luftwaffe like borax upon cockroaches. A movie finally bringing that fact to light, all these years later, is by definition a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 11, 2015
George Lucas's last big hurrah is a hackneyed ode to a group of heroes-the Tuskegee Airmen-who deserve better treatment than this cliché interrupted by dazzling, FX-laden dogfights, smoke-filled explosions, boring subplots, and oxygen-depleting dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 5, 2013
One longs for more scenes between the ensemble on the ground, but the emphasis on aerial (and digital) technology leaves the characters without context.
June 30, 2013
A patriotic but blatantly unremarkable film that could have been much much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
January 29, 2013
The actors' convincing portrayals and realistic bond with each other, along with the spectacular visual and sound effects created by Lucas, makes Red Tails feel genuine and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 30, 2012
With an inspiring source story, talented actors, and one of the most profitable production companies backing the film, it's genuinely hard to imagine where it all went wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 17, 2012
There certainly is an interesting story to be told at the heart of "Red Tails," but unfortunately director Anthony Hemingway and screenwriters John Ridley and Aaron McGruder couldn't get at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 22, 2012
Red Tails is all broad strokes, and I have to admit that it stroked me good.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 11, 2012
This is a proper war film. That's to say one with crazy dogfights and (no, really) Nazis with prominent scars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 10, 2012
The finished product makes a great case, perhaps the best yet filmed, for remaining anonymous and achieving nothing.
June 10, 2012
Why, one wonders, didn't Lucas persuade his friend Steven Spielberg to take on this subject and treat it with the authority and respect he brought to Band of Brothers?
June 8, 2012
The actors do their best, but the lines they have to deliver are toe-curlingly bad. Things get better when the planes are in the air, but the film's aerial dogfights are so blatantly computer-generated that the action fails to thrill.
June 8, 2012
What a missed opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 8, 2012
While the film soars in the skies, on the ground there's nothing original in the script.
June 7, 2012
It's an inspirational story and its infectious sense of camaraderie may well be an effective recruitment film for the U.S. air force.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2012
Executive producer George Lucas brings a healthy dose of his Star Wars magic to the CGI of the spectacular aerial sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2012
The true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American second world war flying aces, is one of those amazing tales that you just couldn't make up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2012
Red Tails is a war action buff's matinee delight. It could be argued that making a more gritty account would have detracted from the focus on the strong buddy element ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2012
It functions primarily as a reminder that Cuba Gooding Jr. is still alive and touting for work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 7, 2012
Red Tails has been described as "jingoistic, corny, über-patriotic and old-fashioned", not by some disobliging critic but by George Lucas, its executive producer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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