The Raid: Redemption Reviews

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Jeff Beck
September 16, 2012
"The Raid: Redemption" will be most successful for people with A.D.D. or just generally short attention spans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
May 22, 2012
That the action is vivid and for the most part, unrelenting, is indisputable, but the brain, consistently pummelled as it witnesses bloody orgy after bloody orgy, is undernourished in all other respects.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 12, 2012
The Raid does a good job of introducing Uwais' talents to the world. Now he just needs to be in a movie whose storytelling is as solid as his moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 22, 2012
I am dismayed. I have no prejudice against violence when I find it in a well-made film. But this film is almost brutally cynical in its approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 16, 2012
The action is very well staged but it's no substitute for genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 30, 2012
Nothing-special Indonesian actioner.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2012
It's more like an Ultimate Fighting Championship than a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
April 14, 2012
If blood and guts martial arts action is your thing, this is as close to nirvana as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 22, 2012
Grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 16, 2012
... all you could want if you like this sort of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
March 22, 2012
To summarize The Raid: Redemption in one word: 'Yahhhhhhhhhh!!!'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 21, 2012
"The Raid: Redemption" will offer a full meal to action-starved moviegoers, but strike most others as -- for all its athletic dynamism -- lacking nutrition.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 18, 2012
[T]his isn't a movie so much as a series of martial-arts duels strung together along the flimsiest of narrative threads.
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Comes up way short in the fun department
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 23, 2012
The entire thing is so vague, at times it feels like a sequel to a movie we never saw; surely, there's something we're missing here, right, some backstory we're supposed to have?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 23, 2012
...imagine what a competent filmmaker, a John McTiernan or a Peter Hyams, say, could have accomplished with this material...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
April 18, 2012
Strong on the martial arts skills but weak on the acting and screenplay
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 16, 2012
The fighting seems the same, repeated endlessly and unimaginatively and not different from what scores of such films offer. Without humor or originality, this is straight video game.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 6, 2012
Action junkies who can't get enough hacking, chopping, and slashing will come out satiated, but others may very well start feeling numb by the last half hour, beaten down by hundreds of colliding body parts, impalements, lacerations, and yelling
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Grindhouse action flick needs more redeeming qualities
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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