Red State


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

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Dec 13, 2011 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 20, 2011

This is Smith's best film for a while.

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

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

Sep 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Wants so badly to push viewers' buttons, but struggles to reach them more often than not.

Sep 23, 2011 | Full Review…
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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.

Sep 22, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Red State

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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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 Xx
xGary Xx

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