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Red Dragon Reviews

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James Berardinelli
October 3, 2002
Like most motion pictures whose sole reason for existing is the almighty dollar, Red Dragon is poorly conceived and poorly executed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
October 4, 2002
Revamped remake of the prelude to The Silence of the Lambs is a demonstration of why bigger isn't necessarily better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Gilchrist
February 1, 2004
Its thrills fall with metronome-like precision, exactly when they are expected, and the clues complete the puzzle without surprise or personality.
Nick Schager
Matinee Magazine
October 27, 2002
A tepid mishmash of directorial blandness, bad casting, and hoary serial killer clichés that exudes neither the clinical creepiness of Jonathan Demme's original Lecter masterpiece nor the lurid camp of Ridley Scott's disastrous sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 17, 2007
The film oozes contempt for its audience, caring nothing for the characters or suspense and only craving money.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Frank Ochieng
October 6, 2002
An overly stimulating but pedestrian frightfest effort that leaves one wanting more out of this rudimentary and clueless serial killer drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 3, 2002
This hastily mounted production exists only to capitalize on Hopkins' inclination to play Hannibal Lecter again, even though Harris has no immediate inclination to provide a fourth book.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 27, 2003
Because this is the second time he's pimped out this Oscar-winning meal ticket for a hefty paycheck, maybe Anthony Hopkins should be forced to give his statuette back.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Jeremy Heilman
October 1, 2002
There are plenty of chuckles to be found in [it], and some of them seem intentional, but they essentially drain the drama from the film, making it impossible to be engaged by it on the suspenseful terms that the novel was originally intended to function.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
October 2, 2002
An uncreative Hannibal the Cannibal prequel with bite but no brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 2, 2002
It certainly feels like a cheap cash-in!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
October 2, 2002
I can think of no earthly reason to remake an excellent example of film noir other than the calculating ka-ching of box office dollars.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 5, 2002
A weak remake of Michael Mann's splendid 1986 thriller Manhunter.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
October 11, 2002
This is more like Brett Ratner's Gus Van Sant's Manhunter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 1, 2002
Red Dragon's formula is so risible and rote by now that the natural reaction to scenes of peril, torture, and suffering is flippant laughter.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 3, 2002
For all its brilliant touches, Dragon loses its fire midway, nearly flickering out by its perfunctory conclusion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 3, 2002
Predictable and inert.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
October 4, 2002
Just when you think the picture can't go any farther over the top, it finds a whole new peak to tumble over.
| Original Score: 2/5
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