Red Riding Trilogy

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This crime drama features great performances and the three directors make the setting -- 1970s and 1980s Yorkshire -- an immersive, gritty, and dangerous place.

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Sure to be one of the cinematic events of the year, RED RIDING is a mesmerizing neo-noir epic based on factual events and adapted for the screen by Tony Grisoni (FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS) from David Peace's electrifying series of novels. An official selection of the Telluride, New York, Chicago and AFI Festivals, and acclaimed by critics an eminent accomplishment, the trilogy follows several characters in intertwining storylines united by the horror wrought by the "Yorkshire Ripper," a serial killer who terrorized northwest England in the 1970s and '80s.The three films are directed by three notable filmmakers--Julian Jarrold (BRIDESHEAD REVISITED), Academy-Award(R)-winner James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE) and Anand Tucker (SHOPGIRL). Each boasts a stellar British cast that includes Andrew Garfield (THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS), Sean Bean (LORD OF THE RINGS), Paddy Considine (DEAD MAN'S SHOES), Rebecca Hall (VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA), and Peter Mullan (TRAINSPOTTING).RED RIDING - 1974 (Directed by Julian Jarrold) centers on a rookie journalist, Eddie Dunford (Andrew Garfield), whose investigation of a series of child abductions and murders leads him to suspect that there's a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power. (105 min.) -- (C) IFC

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Critic Reviews for Red Riding Trilogy

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (8)

  • What starts out as a tale of serial killing quickly becomes even more sinister and complex.

    Apr 8, 2010
  • This is a hugely ambitious piece of work that packs a cumulative wallop when it's all over.

    Mar 26, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • On its own, each film hauntingly creates a murk of collusion, pervasive corruption, and 57 varieties of predation.

    Mar 11, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is the sort of undertaking the UK's Channel 4 excels at, and is approached in the United States only by ambitious cable TV series.

    Mar 11, 2010 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Red Riding Trilogy, with its remarkable performances, its brilliantly constructed puzzle, its dispiriting cycles of violence, isn't an easy ride. But it is an exhilarating one.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: 4/4
  • Fans of Peace's books should be satisfied by their treatment here, although it bears asking just how many more serial killers, tortured cops and pretentious, fetishistic acts of violence the film audience can withstand.

    Mar 5, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Riding Trilogy

  • May 27, 2012
    Have you seen a movie which traps you in its desperate, grey and morose environment and only lets go when the credits rolls towards the end of its 4-1/2 hours of amazing story telling? Red Riding is a mind bending, multi-layered, thick and brutal trilogy based on David Peace's 4 "Red Riding" novels. It dramatizes some actual murders in Yorkshire, England and tells multiple, inter-connected stories of its participants : West Yorkshire PD, the residents and few outsiders. The movie scores on multiple counts : rock solid script, sharp acting and brilliant direction. Its a first rate crime drama which pulls absolutely no punches. Serious cinema and absolutely must watch.
    Sundeep B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2011
    "1974" (Julian Jarrold) - 7/10 "1980" (James Marsh) - 9/10 "1983" (Annand Tucker) - 9/10 OVERALL SCORE - 9/10
    Michael S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2011
    I've seen the PART ONE so far and aside from needing a translator to understand the think UK accents, it was excellent.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2011
    Based on the first part: Andrew Garfield is a beast and I can't wait to see what he does next. I'm looking forward to watching the other parts. That being said, the love story and plot details seem to just runneth together. I wish I had subtitles on Netflix that way I could make more sense of what they're saying. I'm not british, no offense Alex, but some of the dialogue was just mumbles. WTF?! MATE!? Anyways, I liked the first part a lot because, as a journalist, you want to be in a situation kind of like this, except the almost dying part. It's an engrossing film that could've been a little better, but its performances make up for the lack of details in plot.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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