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Red Lights Reviews

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July 13, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2005
Barely makes it into the passing lane. It's stop-and-go all the way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2004
Puts a tense, deteriorating marriage on a highway-bound collision course with a killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
October 29, 2004
[The plot] is filled with ingenious deceptions and sleight-of-hand trickery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2004
The most ambiguously compelling romance around.
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
October 8, 2004
As thrillers go, this one is domestic, mundane and hypnotic.
October 8, 2004
An eerily affecting domestic drama combining elements of The Lost Weekend with Lost Highway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2004
A weird road-trip spin on Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
October 8, 2004
Is it a memorable cinematic experience? Oddly, no.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 7, 2004
One of the best thrillers I have seen this year: tight, taut, and unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2004
Unexpected in every way.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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+
September 10, 2004
A remarkably compelling marital nightmare.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 9, 2004
Taut, atmospheric, impeccably made psychological thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
September 3, 2004
Austere little thriller that works its way under your skin even before much of anything happens.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 2, 2004
It is a chilly study of an uncomfortably common breed of male paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 31, 2004
A satisfyingly well-wrought, old-school thriller: Character drives the plot, literally.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
June 22, 2004
A classy and clever French thriller.