Dredd works because it's an action flick with wide appeal that takes risks it doesn't need to - in its delightfully off-putting violence and daring style - and those choices pay off in a singular and exhilarating movie experience. It's savage, beautiful and loads of fun.
—Joe Arnold NPR
What's exceptional is the orchestration of color, form, light and dark (lots of dark), 3-D technology and digital effects into a look that amounts to a vision.
—Joe Morgenstern Wallstreet Journal
Dredd's cinematography is one of its strongest assets speaks to the film's larger problems - the parts and pieces just don't have the total impact they should, like a punch sailing helplessly through the air rather than forcefully smacking its target.
—Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times
Say what you want about Stallone's kitschy 1995 turn "Judge Dredd"...but the dude wore the helmet. Karl Urban replaces him in the new "Dredd," and, frankly, the helmet wears Karl.
—Roger Moore Los Angeles Times
All I wanted to do was escape from this aggressively ugly world and its equally unattractive characters. It's not that the movie is in bad taste or cheesy (though it is) but that all of its hyperviolence adds up to nothing: This thing is dedd.
—Kevin Smith New York Post