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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 3, 2011
Red is a goofball lament. It's saying that in the good old days, or at least in the good old movie days, our killers were good-time guys.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 20, 2010
Beneath its light exterior is not only a neat, if unsubtle, political undercurrent but a rebellious streak about how the allure of firing an RPG outweighs the prospect of retirement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 15, 2010
Much of the enjoyment comes from seeing these respected thespians so thoroughly embody cartoon characters; it's like Sidney Lumet directing Space Jam.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 15, 2010
You're never too old for mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 15, 2010
What really works for Red is our shared history with the actors involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 15, 2010
Red has ka-booms, rat-a-tat-tats and a wildly extended first date. It's edgy and fantastically gooey -- and flaunts it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 15, 2010
Old people who kill people are so much cuter than young people who kill people, right? In a movie like RED, that's all we need to know.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 15, 2010
A lengthy procession of geriatric-assassin jokes [that] offers a chilling portent of what lies in store should soon-to-be-ex-Governor Schwarzenegger ever return to the big screen.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 15, 2010
Red is an insult to our memories and to our intelligence, an unfunny farce whose veteran cast is cashing a retirement check.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 15, 2010
It's as if the studio simply assembled a huge pile of money in the middle of the back lot, set it ablaze and started filming. And I wish they had, because it would have been more interesting to watch than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 15, 2010
An action comedy as entertaining to watch as it evidently was to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 15, 2010
Only in Hollywood is someone seriously old at 55, but this is the underlying thesis of Red, and it works like a well-worn charm.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 15, 2010
Red, perhaps the first CIA-AARP flick, fits seniors with grenade launchers instead of slippers. I say it's about time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 15, 2010
The one-liners zing right along with the bullets in a playful pas de deux of mayhem, misdirection and mordant humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
October 15, 2010
[Strikes] a careful balance between quasi-cartoonish shoot-outs and oddball humor, which ranges from droll to silly without ever going too far over the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 15, 2010
The star turns are Red's raison d'être, with the winking performances filling the place of any credible dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 15, 2010
It is possible to have a good time at RED, but it is not a very good movie. It doesn't really try to be, and given the present state of the Hollywood economy, this may be a wise choice.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
October 15, 2010
Unfortunately, while Red's stars may have gotten better with age, its many clichés have not.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 14, 2010
If the story made more sense and the humor were more abundant, this could have been a bona-fide winner. Instead it falls smack in the realm of forgettably mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 14, 2010
How it all ends up is significantly less interesting than how they get there. It's a hoot to watch the elegant Mirren shift from high heels to combat boots, as she gamely goes from arranging flowers to being locked and loaded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
It's not that it doesn't have effective moments, it's that it doesn't have as many as it thinks it does. The film's inescapable air of glib self-satisfaction is not only largely unearned, it's downright irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 14, 2010
Though the actors are all, in theory, welcome company, this ensemble never really gels.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 14, 2010
It's halfway between comedy and action, and it doesn't quite work as either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 14, 2010
Red is never quite the kick-in-the-pants that it should be.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
October 14, 2010
Although there's no dearth of spectacular gunplay and fisticuffs in Robert Schwentke's light-hearted actioner, what makes RED really rock is old-fashioned movie-star style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 14, 2010
What might have been a guilty-pleasure romp is hobbled by poor direction, sloppy pacing, and a story line that can't decide whether it's farce or a retread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
October 14, 2010
This is a capable, experienced cast with extensive acting chops, and it's trashy fun watching them descend to the level of the material, which has Mirren in a sleek ball gown, capably letting rip with a 50-caliber machine gun...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2010
Too long, too busy, too loud, and too reliant on slam-bang stunt work, Red's glib dialogue and sinister government scenarios begin to wear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2010
RED stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," though "Reasonably Entertaining Diversion" works too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 14, 2010
RED is neither a good movie nor a bad one. It features actors we like doing things we wish were more interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 13, 2010
This latest adaptation of a hip graphic novel fails to fill in the spaces between the action with anything terribly interesting.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 13, 2010
Red isn't a great movie, but it's great fun, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise, you take things too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 13, 2010
Compared to such generic, flashy duds as Knight and Day or The Expendables, Red goes down like a flute of fine champagne. Here's how it's done, youngsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 13, 2010
Not to be confused with the early-'90s Kieslowski film of the same name. Definitely not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 13, 2010
There's fun to be had watching Willis and Parker banter, and listening to Malkovich toss off arrhythmically timed one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
Classiest. Comic. Book. Movie. Ever.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 29, 2010
An amusing, light-footed caper about a team of aging CIA veterans rudely forced out of retirement.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2010
Although tailor-made for genre fans, it benefits from flavors of humor and romance that keep its appeal from being fanboy-only.