Red Dragon

2002

Red Dragon (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Competently made, but everything is a bit too familiar.

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Ex-FBI agent Will Graham is an expert investigator who quit the Bureau after almost losing his life in the process of capturing the elusive Dr. Lecter. Years later, after a series of particularly grisly murders, Graham reluctantly agrees to come out of retirement and assist in the case. But he soon realizes that the best way to catch this killer, known as the Tooth Fairy, is to find a way to get inside the killer's mind. And the closest thing to that would be to probe the mind of another killer who is equally brilliant and equally twisted. For Graham, that means confronting his past and facing his former nemesis, the now-incarcerated Lecter.

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Cast

Anthony Hopkins
as Hannibal Lecter
Edward Norton
as Will Graham
Ralph Fiennes
as Francis Dolarhyde
Harvey Keitel
as Jack Crawford
Emily Watson
as Reba McClane
Mary-Louise Parker
as Molly Graham
Anthony Heald
as Dr. Chilton
Bill Duke
as Police Chief
Ken Leung
as Lloyd Bowman
Azura Skye
as Bookseller
Lalo Schifrin
as Conductor
Aaron Michael Lacey
as TV Cameraman
John Rubinstein
as Dinner Guest
David Doty
as Dinner Guest
Tim Wheater
as Flautist
Brenda Strong
as Lecter's Dinner Guest
Robert Curtis Brown
as Lecter's Dinner Guest
Mary Anne McGarry
as Lecter's Dinner Guest
Marc Abraham
as Lecter's Dinner Guest
Veronica De Laurentiis
as Lecter's Dinner Guest
Tom Verica
as Charles Leeds
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Valerie Leeds
Tommy Curtis
as Billy Leeds
Jordan Gruber
as Sean Leeds
Morgan Gruber
as Susie Leeds
Michael Cavanaugh
as Forensic Dentist
Madison Mason
as Police Commissioner
Katie Rich
as Female Detective
Richard Pelzman
as Locksmith
Dwier Brown
as Mr. Jacobi
Grace Stephens
as Jacobi Child
Lucy Stephens
as Jacobi Child
Kevin Bashor
as Jacobi Child
William Lucking
as Byron Metcalf
Andreana Weiner
as Dr. Bloom's Secretary
Jeanine Jackson
as Dr. Hassler
Frank Whaley
as Ralph Mandy (uncredited)
Mark Moses
as Father in Video
Kyra Helfrich
as Child in Video
Alex Berliner
as Photographer
Al Brown
as Tattler Guard
Tanya Newbould
as Chromalux Secretary
Terence Rowley
as Superintendent
Hillary Straney
as Museum Secretary
Conrad E. Palmisano
as Deputy in Car
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All Critics (187) | Top Critics (39)

Frank Whaley and Philip Seymour Hoffman play minor characters so annoying they might as well wear T-shirts reading 'Eat My Brain.'

Feb 7, 2007 | Full Review…

Where Mann and Demme steered the hokum away from dull genre generalities, Ratner's point-and-film literalness churns out a thriller by rote, shorn of the psychological dogfighting that distinguished the first two films.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Wonderful performances and some really chilling moments.

Oct 7, 2002

The beats are the same, but the eerie vibe has been lost in translation.

Oct 5, 2002 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

Everything's a little too familiar.

Oct 4, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Elegant, dark, alluring, frightening, mesmerizing.

Oct 4, 2002
Washington Post
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Edward Norton's role will never top Jodie Foster's 'Clarice Starling', but his character is clever and unique. While Ralph Fiennes gives off a superb performance as 'The Tooth Fairy', it's not as shocking as Ted Levine's 'Buffalo Bill'. The major problem I had with this film was that it was too similar to the 1991 masterpiece.While it not up to the standards of 'The Silence of the Lambs', its worth a try if you enjoy seeing Anthony Hopkins return with a hunger for humans.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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24/11/2011 (ONLINE)

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EightThirty .

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½

Some of this is a little uneven, and could have been better, but this is a decent and enjoyable thriller nonetheless. It's cool seeing Hannibal in a pre-Starling story, even if they didn't do a credible job of making Hopkins look younger. He still does a good job though, and does Norton. Fiennes is creepy as shit, and he does a mostly good job, but he had the potential to be excellent. Still though, pretty good. Watson is nice, and she puts in some good work, but I find myself really enjoying Hoffman's work here. He's terrific at radiating sleaziness. Ratner's direction is okay, but he doesn't have quite the same level of artistry as Demme or Scott. The script is okay, but I think could have been a touch or two better. Even with it's issues, I like this movie. From what I remember, it follows the book a little better than a lot of adaptations, even if many liberties are taken. This isn't too bad, so go ahead and give it a watch if you want.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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