Posted 10.14.10 by reelz
RED has one of the bigger-name casts of all the fall flicks: Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, and Morgan Freeman. By our count that's 11 Academy Award nominations and two wins. Does it live up to the talent involved?
"...it's absolutely, thoroughly enjoyable. Red rocks like some giddy mash-up of It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, The Manchurian Candidate, Three Days of the Condor, and every movie ever made in which a hired gun yanks at his holster for One Last Stand to kill the one who brung him in the first place."
— Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"Although tailor-made for genre fans, it benefits from flavors of humor and romance that keep its appeal from being fanboy-only."
— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"...serves as a throwback to the no-gloss psychological tack of Walking Tall and other '70s exploitation classics..."
— Peter Debruge, Variety
"RED stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," though "Reasonably Entertaining Diversion" works too."
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"...so sleepy and corny as to render itself worthless."
— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine