Red State

2011

Red State

Critics Consensus

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

60%

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54%

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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

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Critic Reviews for Red State

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (36)

  • 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.

    December 13, 2011 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Variety
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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 20, 2011
  • Kevin Smith fans will be curious about Red State, but few others will be able to endure its tub-thumping attempts at topicality or its lack of storytelling skill.

    October 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • In its efforts to accommodate Smith's argument the storyline gets decidedly messy. The slacker has become didactic and it doesn't suit him one bit.

    October 12, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Scatters its plotlines all over the place and doesn't seem able to match its comedy with the parodic blood-letting.

    September 30, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • This is Smith's best film for a while.

    September 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red State

  • May 15, 2016
    Disturbing, but predictable.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2013
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    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2013
    Three high school boys go off in search of internet sex and find themselves kidnapped by a heavily armed religious cult. Kevin Smith's first attempt at a "grown up" film, Red State is an offbeat thriller with horror overtones that continually tries and occasionally succeeds at confounding your expectations. It begins as a Porky's style road movie, veers into torture porn territory only to become a siege thriller. Smith's willingness to dispose of key characters on a whim always keeps you guessing, but it also means that you never really connect with any of them and his dialogue is a little too pleased with itself in places, turning into ranting monologues rather than genuine discourse. The plot is also rather too far fetched to be taken seriously as drama and it's not OTT enough to be considered exploitation, but it is off-beat and unusual enough to always entertain thanks to watchable performances from John Goodman and Michael Parks. Despite its faults, this is probably Smith's best effort to date.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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