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Red Riding Trilogy Reviews

April 15, 2010
The films are complex, long-form storytelling, requiring you to observe, recall and interpret as the story bleeds through three movie-length episodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 8, 2010
What starts out as a tale of serial killing quickly becomes even more sinister and complex.
March 26, 2010
This is a hugely ambitious piece of work that packs a cumulative wallop when it's all over.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 11, 2010
On its own, each film hauntingly creates a murk of collusion, pervasive corruption, and 57 varieties of predation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 11, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 5, 2010
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 5, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2010
This ambitious, unique project, originally made for British television, is well worth the time investment to see the three-film marathon on a big screen.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 26, 2010
With a five-hour running time, the hope is for an epic return on an epic investment, and that hope goes unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 18, 2010
You can see the films separately but you might as well see them one after the other; while the quality of the filmmaking varies, the sense of a vast provincial spider web of evil extending off the screen keeps you rapt in your seat.
February 17, 2010
Each episode (originally made for British TV) works by itself, but there's a real payoff in following all three.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 11, 2010
It may lack vampires and blue people, but the already much-discussed Red Riding Trilogy is perhaps the moviegoing event of the year.
February 8, 2010
It's got a great sense of atmosphere in this really grim Northern England country.
February 8, 2010
It's an awfully interesting series of movies.
February 8, 2010
The Red Riding Trilogy is an exhausting, morbidly fascinating, and finally thrilling experience.
February 5, 2010
It's not hard to forgive this series its lack of innovation, because it manages, for long stretches at least, to be something few serial-killer dramas ever are: really, really good.
February 5, 2010
Each Red Riding film has a different style - and all contain haunting, mesmerizing performances. Simply stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 5, 2010
The blood that runs through the Red Riding trilogy begins as a river that races and then rages until it floods this dank, dark, pitiless world in misery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 5, 2010
Direction of all three films is no more than workmanlike, which isn't surprising since they were originally made for British television.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2010
Reduced to bare description, its desperate dames and crooked cops resemble the stuff of Noir 101, but the series owes more to the moral murk of James Ellroy's L.A. and the civic spiderweb of The Wire than conventional thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 3, 2010
Simply by dint of the transfer to film, you lose a raft of excoriating details.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 2, 2010
The fact that the films hang together at the brink of incoherence is a credit to the assembled acting talent. Rebecca Hall and Maxine Peake deserve note, oases in this nasty, masculine world.