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Red State Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 25, 2014
Phenomenal
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Kevin Smith breaks with his lo-fi comedy tradition to deliver a horror story with themes of sex, religion and politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
January 7, 2012
One of the best white trash horror films in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
November 17, 2011
If his performance were contained in some other film, a so-called 'serious' movie about religion and politics, for example, Michael Parks would be discussed as an Academy Awards contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
October 28, 2011
'Red State' is full of many 'almosts' - it's almost action, almost horror, almost groundbreaking and almost excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Clem Bastow
The Vine
October 26, 2011
It's Kevin Smith, though, which means that "all over the shop" is par for the course, and the shop that Red State wanders all over is, for the most part, compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
October 20, 2011
Director Kevin Smith rebounds in a major way from the Cop Out debacle with a heady thriller that subversively comments on religion, law enforcement, the media and gun control.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 19, 2011
This is easily Smith's most mature endeavor to date, and it shows significant growth as a filmmaker. And that's what makes Red State both a triumph and a let-down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
October 17, 2011
As separate acts, as well written movements meant to completely undermine the state of organized religion today, Red State is mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 16, 2011
Red State indicates a new level of boldness in Smith, resulting in his best film to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rima Sabina Aouf
MovieFIX
October 12, 2011
Red State is a bit unpolished - a timestamp appears just once and completely without reason, for instance - but the film has bite and purpose, and it's gripping to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Film4
October 12, 2011
Kevin Smith's best film ever? If it's not, it's damn close. And if you don't know who Kevin Smith is, don't worry: this film's a blast, Smith fan or no.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony O'Connor
FILMINK (Australia)
October 11, 2011
A somewhat return to form for director Kevin Smith, this flawed but strangely compelling indie flick is refreshingly unpredictable.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 11, 2011
An impressive departure for Kevin Smith...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
October 10, 2011
Although the plot "twists" somewhat derail the narrative and send the picture into a tailspin, credit must go to Smith for providing plenty of surprises. Red State is not so much scary as it is shocking, but shocking it most definitely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
October 10, 2011
Kevin Smith shoots action like a boss. Who knew?
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