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Red Tails Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Ina Diane Archer
Film Comment Magazine
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.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A patriotic but blatantly unremarkable film that could have been much much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered
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
William Bibbiani
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
Tara Brady
Irish Times
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
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
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
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
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
Phelim O'Neill
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
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
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
June 6, 2012
It's definitely a story worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 31, 2012
Inspiring, if insipid, skimming the surface as a trail-blazing tale about the courageous Tuskegee airmen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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