Retired CIA agents (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich) reassemble for survival after the agency sends assassins to silence them and the secrets they carry.
" Only in Hollywood is someone seriously old at 55, but this is the underlying thesis of Red, and it works like a well-worn charm. "
" You're never too old for mayhem. "
" Red, perhaps the first CIA-AARP flick, fits seniors with grenade launchers instead of slippers. I say it's about time. "
" Unfortunately, while Red's stars may have gotten better with age, its many cliches have not. "
" Beneath its light exterior is not only a neat, if unsubtle, political undercurrent but a rebellious streak about how the allure of firing an RPG outweighs the prospect of retirement. "
" If the story made more sense and the humor were more abundant, this could have been a bona-fide winner. Instead it falls smack in the realm of forgettably mediocre. "
" The one-liners zing right along with the bullets in a playful pas de deux of mayhem, misdirection and mordant humor. "
" Much of the enjoyment comes from seeing these respected thespians so thoroughly embody cartoon characters; it's like Sidney Lumet directing Space Jam. "
" Old people who kill people are so much cuter than young people who kill people, right? In a movie like RED, that's all we need to know. "
" Red is a goofball lament. It's saying that in the good old days, or at least in the good old movie days, our killers were good-time guys. "
" It's as if the studio simply assembled a huge pile of money in the middle of the back lot, set it ablaze and started filming. And I wish they had, because it would have been more interesting to watch than this. "
" An action comedy as entertaining to watch as it evidently was to make. "
" The star turns are Red's raison d'etre, with the winking performances filling the place of any credible dramatic tension. "
" A lengthy procession of geriatric-assassin jokes [that] offers a chilling portent of what lies in store should soon-to-be-ex-Governor Schwarzenegger ever return to the big screen. "
" [Strikes] a careful balance between quasi-cartoonish shoot-outs and oddball humor, which ranges from droll to silly without ever going too far over the top. "
" Red has ka-booms, rat-a-tat-tats and a wildly extended first date. It's edgy and fantastically gooey -- and flaunts it. "
" What really works for Red is our shared history with the actors involved. "
" How it all ends up is significantly less interesting than how they get there. It's a hoot to watch the elegant Mirren shift from high heels to combat boots, as she gamely goes from arranging flowers to being locked and loaded. "
" It is possible to have a good time at RED, but it is not a very good movie. It doesn't really try to be, and given the present state of the Hollywood economy, this may be a wise choice. "
" Red is an insult to our memories and to our intelligence, an unfunny farce whose veteran cast is cashing a retirement check. "
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