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Red Tails Reviews

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
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.
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.
January 21, 2012
One can get away with a lot of cornball speeches a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away but it doesn't work nearly as well a short time ago on planet Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 21, 2012
Red Tails is better than nothing - but "nothing" isn't the other option. That HBO film is still out there, and Red Tails doesn't add to it or improve upon it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 20, 2012
Instead of pride or anger or resolve, all it left me feeling was a little bit of regret that I hadn't been home, watching "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 20, 2012
The battle scenes soar, thanks to top-notch and thrilling special effects. Quieter scenes give characters added dimension, such as those that address one officer's drinking problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 20, 2012
Red Tails is a lousy film. Not wincingly bad, mind you, just mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 20, 2012
The Tuskegee Airmen were serious heroes, on a number of levels. They deserve a serious movie. "Red Tails" is not that movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 20, 2012
The African American fliers' great achievement merits a great movie. "Red Tails" isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 20, 2012
An inspiring, rousing tribute to the heroic, history-changing Tuskegee Airmen and World War II movies of the '40s, "Red Tails'' would probably be acclaimed as a minor masterpiece if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 19, 2012
It's only half of a good movie. As soon as those dogfighting planes land, the story trips up by skimming the surface of history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2012
"Red Tails'' has its moments. They've just gone too far in the other direction. The movie is so desperate to be palatable, to appeal to everybody that it doesn't taste like anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2012
It's antiquated kitsch reprocessed by the producer's nostalgia for the movies of his boyhood.
January 19, 2012
[It] sets out to honor these heroes, and does so - but in ways that reduce their achievements to the stuff of cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2012
"Red Tails" has genuine admiration for the sacrifices and achievements made by the Tuskegee Airmen, but they deserve a better commemoration than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 19, 2012
A feature film that falls much closer to the goofy Hogan's Heroes in the spectrum of World War II-focused productions than Saving Private Ryan.
January 19, 2012
The film's sincerity and good intentions shine through the hokum.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 19, 2012
More often than not, Red Tails feels like it's pandering to every focus group that it never even tested... It's so cautious as to be lifeless, which is a shame on a lot of levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 19, 2012
While its cast is first-rate and its flying sequences sharp, the movie is as glazed and wide-eyed as a 70-year-old comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 19, 2012
It's derivative of other World War II movies and entirely mechanical in its appeal. Emphatically mainstream in style and substance, it honors those exceptional fliers but denies viewers a challenging portrait of our own history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2012
A mildly entertaining classroom instructional about the Tuskegee Airmen.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 19, 2012
Apart from the occasional thrill provided by CG-enhanced aerial dogfights, this stuffy history lesson about the groundbreaking African-American fighter pilot division never quite takes off, weighed down by wooden characters and leaden screenwriting.
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
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
January 19, 2012
When the heroes crash, they go up in blazes of digital glory that seem just as artificial as the plotting that brought them to their fates.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 19, 2012
When Red Tails literally flies, as it often does, it soars. There are more grand aerial battles here than in any of Lucas's space operas.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 19, 2012
In the end, it's the flashy action and innate inspirational elements that make a measure of impact here. But you just know there's so much more to this story.
January 19, 2012
The biggest flaw here is the corny script by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder, the Boondocks cartoonist. There's a fine, swaggering vibe, but a curious hesitance to really tell the Tuskegee story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 18, 2012
As long as it stays in the air, Red Tails ... is a compelling sky-war pageant of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 17, 2012
So narratively old-fashioned it creaks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5