Red Dawn2012

Critics score:
12 / 100

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Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine:It's Friday Night Lights territory, but without good writing or acting.Read more

James Rocchi, MSN Movies:... the new "Red Dawn" feels like -- a surface-level photocopy with all of the problems of the first film and none of the accidental, seen-in-the-rearview power.Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times:Bradley ... handles the low-fi action well, which helps divert attention from the bargain-bin special effects, bad acting and politics.Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today:Scenes are rather murkily shot and characters are like cardboard cutouts.Read more

Soren Anderson, Seattle Times:Was anybody out there clamoring for a remake of "Red Dawn"? Show of hands? Anybody?Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club:Red Dawn without the jingoism is like a pie without the filling-it collapses into splintered mush.Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic:Could be fun, you might think. No. Bad acting and worse dialogue quickly put an end to that notion.Read more

Tom Russo, Boston Globe:An even odder war story than the bluntly provocative, Reagan-era original.Read more

Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader:John Milius's 1984 cult classic about American teens battling a Soviet invasion has been reinvented as a Tea Party wet dream that offers a scathing (if completely illogical) indictment of the federal government.Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:It's not a disaster. It's just drab.Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News:North Koreans? Falling from the sky? Seriously?Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda!Read more

Jordan Hoffman, Film.com:GarbageRead more

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter:An already silly premise is given a ham-fisted treatment in this ill-advised remake of John Milius' 1984 hit action film.Read more

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times:A movie in search of its moment.Read more

Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News:Remaking an old film is rarely a good idea, but sometimes the idea is so spectacularly bad that the reasoning behind it defies all comprehension.Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday:Feels like a movie without a cause.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger:There's no edge to anything, either dramatically or politically.Read more

Mark Jenkins, NPR:[Its] portrayal of violence derives more from video games than from history.Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News:The more ludicrous a concept, the more crucial it is that the director embrace the bigger-than-life absurdity. But everything about this project feels small-time.Read more

Kyle Smith, New York Post:It's Kim Jong-un versus Some Young Dumb 'Uns.Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer:Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:Red Dawn suffers from a number of serious problems. The first, and most obvious, is that this is mini-series material compressed into a 95-minute movie.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:I think I'm beginning to understand why the Chinese were not reckoned to be a prime market for this film.Read more

Hugh Ryan, Salon.com:"Red Dawn" is a ghoulish parody of reality, served up earnestly and obliviously, to an audience whose enjoyment will, perforce, be directly proportional to its ignorance.Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far-fetched even if you accept that premise that no energy can be built, and the little that's there can't be sustained.Read more

Jake Coyle, Associated Press:Today's terrorism paranoia, apparently, is too complex and too faceless for some. No, we need a clear-cut enemy. Do you have something in red?Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch:This world is divided between the makers and the takers, and after just a few minutes of "Red Dawn," you'll realize there's not much more you can take.Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail:Preposterously insincere ...Read more

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star:Just really, really lame, right down to the Communist symbols that adorn the revised Stars and Stripes.Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap:Hutcherson gives what may be his first lackluster performance here, and I say that as someone who saw both Journey to the Center of the Earth movies.Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out:Anew Red Dawn could have been so much more fun had it thrown a properly out-of-bounds tea party. (It lacks the signature brawn of original director John Milius, a guns-first libertarian.)Read more

Joe Leydon, Variety:Battle scenes are infused with a propulsive sense of urgency, as Bradley (a vet stunt coordinator and second unit director) often achieves an effective semi-documentary look.Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice:Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative ...Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post:Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it feels more fateful than a football game.Read more