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Red Tails Reviews

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
June 7, 2012
Like many films honouring the memory of honourable minorities in the grim days before civil rights, this George Lucas-produced war epic is an insomnia cure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 7, 2012
The distilled essence of this story is surely of more long term value than what Britain's own Tony Scott and Tom Cruise were dealing with in Top Gun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
June 6, 2012
Disappointment gives way to frustration at this botched opportunity to tell an important story properly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 6, 2012
It's definitely a story worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 6, 2012
There's no sense of threat or danger: this is a film with its head stuck firmly in the clouds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
June 3, 2012
This has great action, an affable cast and an inspirational story. But given its subject, it could have been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 31, 2012
If it weren't for the engaging cast and thrilling aerial combat sequences, the film would be hard to get through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennifer Tate
May 30, 2012
This George Lucas-produced labour of love about the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America's all-black fighter pilot regiment, has superb technical effects but never manages to fully take flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
May 29, 2012
A popcorn memorial that's as eye-saucering as it is shamelessly corny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
May 22, 2012
A solid action film inspired by real-life events and hopefully will open the gates to a new genre starring African-American actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Eddie Harrison
The List
May 11, 2012
Lucas' dream project crashes and burns due to thin characterization, hoary clichés and crude simplifications...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
To its credit, the film gets at the things that gave the Airmen their lasting fame -- the odds and racism they overcame, leading to the integration of the armed forces, the civil rights movement and the integration of America.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
March 2, 2012
Sadly, Red Tails tells its inspiring story in the most old-fashioned, Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies kind of way. The movie occasionally flies but it never soars.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 9, 2012
The pilots are reduced to war-movie stereotypes, firing off character clichés ('best soldier I ever met'), historical lectures, or go-get-'em speeches with anachronisms ('Man up').
Grae Drake
February 7, 2012
We owe [The Tuskegee Airmen] an enormous amount of gratitude for putting those ill-conceived ideas to rest while protecting our country...and we certainly owe them a better movie than Red Tails.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
February 6, 2012
It's such an extraordinary true story and 'Red Tails' turns it into something extra ordinary (in other words, really really ordinary).
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 6, 2012
...a well-intentioned piece of work that's simply never able to pack the visceral or emotional punch that's surely been intended...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
February 3, 2012
Director Anthony Hemingway seems stuck in television mode, unable to unfurl his dramatic banner into longer, bigger movie proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sean O'Connell
February 3, 2012
The film carries important messages about camaraderie, persistence, fortitude and courage in the face of nearly impossible obstacles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
February 2, 2012
Somewhat clunky WWII drama with some top-notch aerial dogfighting sequences.
| Original Score: 4/5
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