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Red Riding Trilogy

Red Riding Trilogy (2010)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 8

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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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

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

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (8) | DVD (1)

The films are complex, long-form storytelling, requiring you to observe, recall and interpret as the story bleeds through three movie-length episodes.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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What starts out as a tale of serial killing quickly becomes even more sinister and complex.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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This is a hugely ambitious piece of work that packs a cumulative wallop when it's all over.

March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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On its own, each film hauntingly creates a murk of collusion, pervasive corruption, and 57 varieties of predation.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is the sort of undertaking the BBC excels at, and is approached in the United States only by ambitious cable TV series.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

March 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A byzantine labyrinth of the sordid and crooked.

September 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
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Thematically adventurous...the bloody shocks that paint the town Red emerge from suburban squalor: dirty streets, dirty crimes, and dirty politicians. [Blu-ray]

September 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Taken as a whole, the trilogy depicts a universe polluted by the evil that men do and the pain and suffering their evil leaves behind.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

You'll have to work to get the most out of 'Red Riding,' but if you are as diligent as Piggot, the mystery is worth it.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Grisoni demands rapt attention by keeping the intentions and the primary plot threads hidden. You care about getting to the bottom of the mystery, but even if this had ended without a resolution, that wouldn't have detracted from the gripping drama.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist

Three powerful movies about police corruption in Northern England had me squirming in my seat. The only complaint, and it's a small one, is the apparently authentic Yorkshire accents were hard to understand at times. English subtitles would help.

May 8, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

This dark set of brilliantly-acted, interlocking thrillers fails to live up to David Peace's novels, but still runs blood-red rings around the average American crime film.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

It is ambitious, it is gripping and it is dark. It's also entirely irresistible cinema, an uncompromising and hard-to-turn-away-from nightmare in three acts.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Red Riding just keeps getting creepier and creepier. And better and better.

April 16, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

One leaves this long but fascinating series appalled at the level of depravity one tiny corner of the globe can hold, but strangely exhilarated--as well as moved--by the craft and cunning with which it's been portrayed.

April 13, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

The music, the wardrobe, the hair and cars and manners and all feel credibly specific, yet they impart a sick-making sense of familiarity. The sort of wrongdoing these films depict is, terribly, timeless.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The level of corruption, police violence and "we do what we bloody want" mentality is genuinely shocking, making the serial killings seem almost like a symptom of a community that has become rotten to the core.

March 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Lies somewhere between The Wire and Three Colors

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

These adaptations feel almost epic, even Dickensian in their scope and tone.

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A stylish cornucopia of treats for dedicated Anglophiles and fans of crime procedurals alike.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Highly detailed, atmospheric storytelling lifts these tales beyond the action's sordid transgressions

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

If you think you are willing to start this journey across years of vile behavior, innocence lost, and true tragedy then go all the way. You won't regret it.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
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Audience Reviews for Red Riding Trilogy

"1974" (Julian Jarrold) - 7/10

"1980" (James Marsh) - 9/10

"1983" (Annand Tucker) - 9/10

OVERALL SCORE - 9/10
August 23, 2011
YLOWBSTARDreturns

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The first part was plain bore, second one quite good & the third just a bit better than the first part.

Interestingly, while the first & last part were quite related, the second one had very few bearings to the two. The final instalment seemed more like a follow-up/sequel to the first part. If a handful of sequences from the second part were adjusted somehow in the first or last part, there would have been no need for the second part --- the only part that was interesting enough. It could possibly have been made as an independent movie based on the Yorkshire Ripper case. Had that happened, it would have saved me the trouble of surviving the rest of the parts.

While I haven't read the books on which the trilogy was based, I feel that the adaptation would have been more successful as a TV series with more than 3 episodes. I don't know if the books were any good, but this trilogy fails miserably on the whole.
August 4, 2010
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

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.
May 27, 2012
Sundeep Bhat

Super Reviewer

Perhaps I am among the minority, but the Red Riding Trilogy did little to entertain or inspire me. Much like the reception I gave The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the Red Riding Trilogy does little to set it apart from any other films in the suspense/thriller genre.
September 21, 2010
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