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Red Lights Reviews

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AV Club
July 13, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 7, 2005
Barely makes it into the passing lane. It's stop-and-go all the way.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 24, 2004
Puts a tense, deteriorating marriage on a highway-bound collision course with a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 23, 2004
Before it turns into a thriller, and goes badly awry, Red Lights paints a devastating little portrait of a marriage on the rocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 2, 2004
Thriller/mystery buffs might find the narrative slow; the thriller elements aren't introduced until the movie is nearly half over, and the mystery starts even later. But a dandy payoff will reward those who are patient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 29, 2004
[The plot] is filled with ingenious deceptions and sleight-of-hand trickery.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 19, 2004
The most ambiguously compelling romance around.
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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News
October 14, 2004
Subtle and stylish, Red Lights will remind moviegoers not only of Ms. [Flannery] O'Connor but also of Alfred Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 14, 2004
Like Hitchcock, Kahn uses dry humor and keen observation of human character (and character flaws) to spin a compelling brand of menace.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 12, 2004
This French ... opens so promisingly that it's tres tragique when, two-thirds along, it makes a U-turn into the melodramatic and maudlin.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 8, 2004
The film, like the cheap double-scotches quaffed down by the central character, leaves a distinctly sour aftertaste that's hard to wash away the morning after.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 8, 2004
As thrillers go, this one is domestic, mundane and hypnotic.
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
October 8, 2004
An eerily affecting domestic drama combining elements of The Lost Weekend with Lost Highway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 8, 2004
A weird road-trip spin on Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 8, 2004
Psychologically dense and often unnerving, Red Lights takes you into the most dangerous territory of all -- the twisted mind of a man, whose facade crumbles over the course of an evening.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 8, 2004
Red Lights blends the blind tension of Hitchcock with a French sense of inevitability, leading us back and forth between action and surrender before ending just where it should.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 8, 2004
Is it a memorable cinematic experience? Oddly, no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 7, 2004
One of the best thrillers I have seen this year: tight, taut, and unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 7, 2004
Unexpected in every way.
| Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2004
It evokes the spirit of Hitchcock and Highsmith, as Antoine undergoes an all-night odyssey that redeems his manhood, at the expense, naturally, of all good behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 10, 2004
A remarkably compelling marital nightmare.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 10, 2004
The novel from which writer-director Cedric Kahn adapted Red Lights was, ironically, set in the United States over an arid Labor day weekend. Kahn's update may be more air-conditioned, but it's just as claustrophobic, creepy and allegorical.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2004
Taut, atmospheric, impeccably made psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 9, 2004
The true mystery, Red Lights' real thrill ride -- and what seems to interest Kahn most, despite his skill at arranging the trappings of suspense -- is marriage.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 3, 2004
Austere little thriller that works its way under your skin even before much of anything happens.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 3, 2004
Emotion and aesthetics get equal play in this adaptation of a novel by Georges Simenon, creating high-tension entertainment of the highest order.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 3, 2004
France has produced dozens of Hitchcock- style films since Cahiers du Cinema elevated Hitch to the pantheon nearly five decades ago, but few lately have been as suspenseful and psychologically insightful as Red Lights.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 2, 2004
It is a chilly study of an uncomfortably common breed of male paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 31, 2004
A satisfyingly well-wrought, old-school thriller: Character drives the plot, literally.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 26, 2004
Mr. Darroussin and Ms. Bouquet make Antoine and Helene such compelling characters that their lives seem to become precious by their very fragility.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2004
From Simenon's taut, breath-catching tale, writer-director Cedric Kahn has made an engrossing film with a great central performance by Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 18, 2004
Kahn's direction is aces; he's learned the tricks from the masters of suspense and noir and added a spaced out sensibility of his own.
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
June 22, 2004
A classy and clever French thriller.