Red State Reviews

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December 13, 2011
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.
October 20, 2011
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 18, 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 12, 2011
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.
September 30, 2011
Scatters its plotlines all over the place and doesn't seem able to match its comedy with the parodic blood-letting.
September 29, 2011
This is Smith's best film for a while.
February 28, 2019
A disappointing film with a script that is too basic for any kind of social commentary Kevin Smith may have been aiming for.
January 9, 2019
Once inside the compound, "Red State" starts to take shape as it settles into the rhythm of a siege thriller
December 1, 2018
The writer/director known for being a premiere comedy auteur has made a gritty horror/thriller satire that defies convention.
December 1, 2018
Red State's second half is a gripping and relentless 70s-inflected exploitation B-movie, giving us exciting ultraviolence alongside intriguing debates -- one admires the ambition.
May 14, 2018
Smith has proven he can create a dark, intense film that is riveting and raw, and unabashed in its examination of the serious threat of the religious right in America.
May 25, 2014
September 8, 2013
Smith's greatest failure with Red State is that he will provide Fred Phelps with an even bigger ego to go along with the boosted Google alerts he is bound to receive.
August 23, 2013
The acting in this film is excellent, especially by Parks and by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, who plays Sarah Cooper, another gun-toting true believer in the church. John Goodman also is very good as an ATF agent.
March 4, 2013
Kevin Smith breaks with his lo-fi comedy tradition to deliver a horror story with themes of sex, religion and politics.
September 25, 2012
The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is a shambles and the preaching gets so tedious you'll be praying yourself for divine intervention.
August 25, 2012
It's an often-funny, sometimes precious, but always kind-of-scary little flick worth a note. If this was Smith's first film, he would be touted as a new talent to watch out for.
January 29, 2012
A flat, talky, derivative "horror" film that's not very controversial despite how much it thinks it is.
January 25, 2012
Taking equal opportunity swipes at Christian fundamentalist bigots and the US government, Kevin Smith's subversively satirical movie keeps its audience continually off balance.
January 7, 2012
One of the best white trash horror films in recent memory.
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