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Red Road Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
No drab stone is left unturned
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 18, 2007
By limiting our entry into Jackie's headspace, Red Road feels disingenuously committed to sympathetically portraying her situation, partly using her circumstances as pretense for narrative suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 26, 2007
A woman-directed film that aspires to compete on that predominantly male turf, not with an opposing and challenging female perspective, but by stepping up to the plate to make a sexually voyeuristic, sluttier than thou movie about women.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 11, 2007
[Director Arnold] drops the voyeurism theme almost entirely, a bait-and-switch that doesn't cripple Red Road so much as snip off its richest and eeriest thread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 27, 2006
What we have here is one of those very long, very slow dramas that might just have worked if the inevitable twist ending had been worth sticking around for. But it isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
May 8, 2007
The acting in 'Red Road' is understated and superb, however that doesn't compensate for the overall dreariness of this film.
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Marcy Dermansky
January 26, 2007
An odd, unsatisfying meditation on grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 18, 2007
This psychological thriller does have a few effective moments. However, it goes a little further - too far, in fact. There are some sexually explicit moments in this that would likely garner an NC-17 rating had it been submitted to the U.S. ratings board.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
June 1, 2007
For a voyeuristic medium, this tale of a voyeur does a poor job of prying into its own protagonist's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 26, 2007
Unfortunately, its superb performances and assured camerawork are overwhelmed by dubious psychology and a clichéd climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
June 21, 2007
I couldn't get this film's quiet power out of my mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 27, 2007
It's a jarring sensation, for a thriller not to be about the chase, or the mysterious force of evil lurking in the shadows, but about an intangible gulf dividing two people occupying the same room.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 12, 2007
The measure of Red Road is that it leaves us hungry for what comes next.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 3, 2007
It's a fully realized portrait of a city, Glasgow, a portrait of a smart, watchful woman who works as a security monitor and who has endured great loss; and a portrait of the act and psychological implications of surveillance.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2006
A tense and provocative thriller revolving around a past tragedy.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 3, 2007
A detailed character study that yanks us into the emotions of someone we might not glance at twice if we saw her on the street.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
April 12, 2007
specific and real -- punishingly so.
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
June 13, 2007
some may find the denouement a tad sentimental, but it is a long, dark and twisted journey that takes us there, scrutinising the shadier contours of human loss and guilt like a grainy face on a screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kam Williams
April 9, 2007
What makes this multi-layered masterpiece memorable is Jackie's convincing transformation from damaged goods into a wanton temptress conflicted about whether or not to use her body to gain the confidence of this recently-paroled ex-con. Revenge as the swe
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Beth Accomando
May 11, 2007
Red Road is a knockout first feature from Andrea Arnold... Her intimate thriller raises moral questions as it ponders guilt, revenge and redemption.
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