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Red Tails Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
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
Jeff Beck
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
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
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
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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 10, 2012
The finished product makes a great case, perhaps the best yet filmed, for remaining anonymous and achieving nothing.
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
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
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
January 23, 2012
This is so generic as storytelling that it fails even as a basic history lesson: it's hard to believe that the stock conflicts on-screen have any connection to real events.
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
January 20, 2012
Where Spielberg has made WWII a venue for his sanctimonious side, a platform to convince viewers that war is indeed hell, Lucas is still in a state of pre-adolescent fascination with the conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Zingale
January 20, 2012
Red Tails is littered with so many problems (from the hokey dialogue, to the cardboard characters, to the terrible pacing) that it does a real disservice to this important piece of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 18, 2012
Lucas' clout may have brought this important story to the screen, but his filmmaking shortcomings keep it from being told effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
Brian Salisbury
Film School Rejects
January 21, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 21, 2012
...though it's tempting to root for Red Tails based on its intentions alone, I fear it would be similar to clapping extra loud for the handicapped child at the little league game, a celebration of effort over execution.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2012
Substitute 1940s fighters for spaceships, move them closer to Earth, and you have the audience appeal of this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 19, 2012
"Red Tails" squanders a great subject, reducing the real-life struggles and fierce heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen to rickety cliche.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 19, 2012
It's antiquated kitsch reprocessed by the producer's nostalgia for the movies of his boyhood.
Drew McWeeny
January 21, 2012
'Red Tails' is more problematic than you'd expect from a film that's been in development longer than some of you have been living.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
January 19, 2012
The Tuskegee Airmen, the trailblazing African American pilots who fought off segregation and Nazis during World War II, merit a great film. "Red Tails" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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