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Red Dawn Reviews

November 22, 2012
It's Friday Night Lights territory, but without good writing or acting.
November 21, 2012
Red Dawn suffers from a number of serious problems. The first, and most obvious, is that this is mini-series material compressed into a 95-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2012
Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda!
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 21, 2012
Preposterously insincere ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2012
John Milius's 1984 cult classic about American teens battling a Soviet invasion has been reinvented as a Tea Party wet dream that offers a scathing (if completely illogical) indictment of the federal government.
November 21, 2012
Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2012
North Koreans? Falling from the sky? Seriously?
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 21, 2012
Just really, really lame, right down to the Communist symbols that adorn the revised Stars and Stripes.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
November 21, 2012
An even odder war story than the bluntly provocative, Reagan-era original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2012
Red Dawn without the jingoism is like a pie without the filling-it collapses into splintered mush.
Read More | Original Score: D+
November 21, 2012
The more ludicrous a concept, the more crucial it is that the director embrace the bigger-than-life absurdity. But everything about this project feels small-time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 21, 2012
Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it feels more fateful than a football game.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2012
It's Kim Jong-un versus Some Young Dumb 'Uns.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2012
I think I'm beginning to understand why the Chinese were not reckoned to be a prime market for this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2012
Could be fun, you might think. No. Bad acting and worse dialogue quickly put an end to that notion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
November 20, 2012
A movie in search of its moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 20, 2012
Bradley ... handles the low-fi action well, which helps divert attention from the bargain-bin special effects, bad acting and politics.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 20, 2012
Was anybody out there clamoring for a remake of "Red Dawn"? Show of hands? Anybody?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2012
Scenes are rather murkily shot and characters are like cardboard cutouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
November 20, 2012
[Its] portrayal of violence derives more from video games than from history.
November 20, 2012
Hutcherson gives what may be his first lackluster performance here, and I say that as someone who saw both Journey to the Center of the Earth movies.
November 20, 2012
Anew Red Dawn could have been so much more fun had it thrown a properly out-of-bounds tea party. (It lacks the signature brawn of original director John Milius, a guns-first libertarian.)
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 20, 2012
Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far-fetched even if you accept that premise that no energy can be built, and the little that's there can't be sustained.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2012
It's not a disaster. It's just drab.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2012
Feels like a movie without a cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2012
Today's terrorism paranoia, apparently, is too complex and too faceless for some. No, we need a clear-cut enemy. Do you have something in red?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2012
This world is divided between the makers and the takers, and after just a few minutes of "Red Dawn," you'll realize there's not much more you can take.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2012
"Red Dawn" is a ghoulish parody of reality, served up earnestly and obliviously, to an audience whose enjoyment will, perforce, be directly proportional to its ignorance.
November 20, 2012
Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative ...
November 20, 2012
There's no edge to anything, either dramatically or politically.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2012
Remaking an old film is rarely a good idea, but sometimes the idea is so spectacularly bad that the reasoning behind it defies all comprehension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 19, 2012
... the new "Red Dawn" feels like -- a surface-level photocopy with all of the problems of the first film and none of the accidental, seen-in-the-rearview power.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 16, 2012
An already silly premise is given a ham-fisted treatment in this ill-advised remake of John Milius' 1984 hit action film.
October 1, 2012
Battle scenes are infused with a propulsive sense of urgency, as Bradley (a vet stunt coordinator and second unit director) often achieves an effective semi-documentary look.
September 27, 2012
Garbage
Full Review | Original Score: D-