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Brawny in both intellect and scope, Reds is an intimate epic that captures the tumult of revolutionary change and the passion of those navigating through it. Read critic reviews

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American journalist John Reed (Warren Beatty) journeys to Russia to document the Boleshevik Revolution and returns a revolutionary. His fervor for left-wing politics leads him to Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), then married, who will become a feminist icon and activist. Politics at home become more complicated as the rift grows between reality and Reed's ideals. Bryant takes up with a cynical playwright (Jack Nicholson), and Reed returns to Russia, where his health declines.

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  • Beatty gives the performance of his lifetime as the erratic, possessed Reed, and his grasp of the direction of an epic film is truly astonishing.

    October 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • If no one will learn much about politics from this film, Beatty has nonetheless put the fire of two burning lives in it. There is plenty in it about the risks that commitment entails, but it is about commitment.

    January 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It is occasionally rambling and repetitious, but nearly always intelligent and engrossing.

    May 9, 2017 | Full Review…
  • A left-leaning pretty boy's distended, black book ramblings.

    October 11, 2006
  • Reds is finally just an appealingly conventional epic movie-star romance with radical trimmings, but it contains several sharper elements that suggest the colorful period it seeks to recreate.

    September 12, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As for Beatty, Reds is his bravura turn.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 30, 2014
    A gripping political epic of ambitious discussions (and with a splendid production design) about an idealistic journalist/activist who became an ardent revolutionary to fight for what he believed in, and it is very well edited and well paced for a film that runs for over three hours.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2014
    Beatty's masterpiece is long but one never seems to resent it. This is a film out of step with the anti-communist rhetoric of the time and is loving in its treatment of an American with a truly alternative point of view at the height of revolution.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2013
    This was quite a long movie but the story being told got better and better.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2012
    Even though it has a very epic 3 hour plus running time, "Reds" is quite personal and doesn't feel as 'big' as other epics do, which is a pretty rare quality for a film to have. The only problem is that where other epics (i.e. "Patton" and "Gandhi") go by reasonably fast, "Reds" doesn't. It feels longer than it actually is, and that's definitely not a good trait when it's almost two hundred minutes long. That being said, it's directed with as much cohesion and detail as a director with this source material can possibly do and the actors all doing their very best, with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson having terrific performances. I doubt that many will be extremely interested by what "Reds" has to offer, but I found it insightful and well-made, and I applaud Warren Beatty's courage to tackle such a large-scale project.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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