Red State (2011)



Critic Consensus: Red State is an audacious and brash affair that ultimately fails to provide competent scares or thrills.

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Red State unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, Abin Cooper. It tells the story of three high school boys who, on their way to an internet arranged meeting with a woman, end up crossing paths with Cooper. The encounter sets into motion a series of events that causes all hell to break loose. -- (C) SModcast
R (for strong violence/disturbuing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Michael Parks
as Abin Cooper
John Goodman
as Joseph Keenan
Nicholas Braun
as Billy-Ray
Stephen Root
as Sheriff Wynan
Kerry Bishé
as Cheyenne
Betty Aberlin
as Abigail
Kevin Pollak
as ASAC Brooks
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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (9)

Calculated to outrage and executed to underwhelm, Kevin Smith's Red State is like a dull blade slashing wildly, predictably and ineffectually at its target.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011
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It's a charming if conspicuously unfinished film, a half-riotous, half-idiotic send-up of the teen horror genre with a vaguely hip political twist.

October 19, 2011
Top Critic

If nothing else, it's nice to see this director refusing to play by the rules of the multiplex.

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
Time Out
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Wants so badly to push viewers' buttons, but struggles to reach them more often than not.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
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For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.

September 22, 2011
New York Times
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The startling Red State proves that everything you knew - or thought you knew - about Kevin Smith is wrong.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011
Miami Herald
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Kevin Smith's shot at a "serious" movie is this infuriating, terribly directed and unfocused mess that only manages to be morally disgusting in its childish, inconsistent political ideas while also full of implausible situations and long, unnecessary monologues.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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So close to how I see Westboro Baptist Church and their craziness!

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

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