Reds Reviews

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September 24, 2019
Reds seems like what we'd now call Oscar bait, with its epic love triangle of powerhouse stars set amid the backdrop of a massive historic moment, but the details keep it far from that.
October 22, 2018
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.
February 5, 2018
Beatty, who produced, directed, helped to write and starred in this impressive work, may be forgiven for not having the heart to cut it.
January 8, 2018
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.
May 9, 2017
It is occasionally rambling and repetitious, but nearly always intelligent and engrossing.
August 15, 2011
Warren Beatty's political epic features superlative performances and speaks to the inner-rebel in each of us.
January 10, 2010
Filled with rich ideas.
June 14, 2008
August 5, 2007
Vittorio Storaro, who won an Oscar for his cinematography, keeps the long film moving at a healthy pace, mixing static shots with subtle camera movement, never showing off or detracting from the story.
January 12, 2007
an epic love story ... As a teenager I saw it four times in the theater (which I now find pretty astonishing, considering the movie is well more than three hours long -- I had a lot more free time in 1981!)
January 5, 2007
Viewed today, it's not so effortlessly impressive, but it's still an uncommonly intelligent and quite entertaining film.
December 23, 2006
One of the most ambitious Hollywood films of the 80s, Reds is trying to do too much (historical epic, political expose, and romance), but the insertion of interviews with contemporaries of John Reed is original and poignant.
October 18, 2006
It's tragic that more American filmmakers aren't taking risks like this at a time like this.
October 9, 2006
Marred by historical bluff and jarring cutesiness, 'Reds' is nevertheless the sweeping melodramatic stuff of classic moviemaking.
October 6, 2006
Were it not for the antique clothing and music, you wouldn't know that the dialogue isn't taking place in the 21st century.
September 12, 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.
June 10, 2006
March 18, 2006
February 18, 2006
Epic telling of Communism roots via Warren Beatty.
February 10, 2006
Political drama and sweeping romance in one - only Warren Beatty would, or could, do it.
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