Unfortunately, while Red's stars may have gotten better with age, its many cliches have not.
Keith Staskiewicz - Entertainment Weekly
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.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
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.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The one-liners zing right along with the bullets in a playful pas de deux of mayhem, misdirection and mordant humor.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
What might have been a guilty-pleasure romp is hobbled by poor direction, sloppy pacing, and a story line that can't decide whether it's farce or a retread.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Classiest. Comic. Book. Movie. Ever.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
An action comedy as entertaining to watch as it evidently was to make.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
[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.
Gary Dowell - Dallas Morning News
Red has ka-booms, rat-a-tat-tats and a wildly extended first date. It's edgy and fantastically gooey -- and flaunts it.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Although there's no dearth of spectacular gunplay and fisticuffs in Robert Schwentke's light-hearted actioner, what makes RED really rock is old-fashioned movie-star style.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
RED is neither a good movie nor a bad one. It features actors we like doing things we wish were more interesting.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
RED stands for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous," though "Reasonably Entertaining Diversion" works too.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Much of the enjoyment comes from seeing these respected thespians so thoroughly embody cartoon characters; it's like Sidney Lumet directing Space Jam.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Too long, too busy, too loud, and too reliant on slam-bang stunt work, Red's glib dialogue and sinister government scenarios begin to wear.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's halfway between comedy and action, and it doesn't quite work as either.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
You're never too old for mayhem.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Red isn't a great movie, but it's great fun, and if that sounds like damning with faint praise, you take things too seriously.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
An amusing, light-footed caper about a team of aging CIA veterans rudely forced out of retirement.
Justin Chang - Variety
Red, perhaps the first CIA-AARP flick, fits seniors with grenade launchers instead of slippers. I say it's about time.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
What really works for Red is our shared history with the actors involved.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
The star turns are Red's raison d'etre, with the winking performances filling the place of any credible dramatic tension.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Though the actors are all, in theory, welcome company, this ensemble never really gels.
Dana Stevens - Slate
Not to be confused with the early-'90s Kieslowski film of the same name. Definitely not.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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
This latest adaptation of a hip graphic novel fails to fill in the spaces between the action with anything terribly interesting.
David Germain - Associated Press
It's not that it doesn't have effective moments, it's that it doesn't have as many as it thinks it does. The film's inescapable air of glib self-satisfaction is not only largely unearned, it's downright irritating.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The low-key character comedy gets buried under all the pyrotechnics.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It delivers a few thrills here and there but ultimately a bland story and forgettable characters turn Red into a mediocre action film at best.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
A playful action blockbuster with a top-shelf cast and a refreshingly unconventional concept.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Oh, that "RED" was the giddy romp it might have been, it promises to be or it thinks it is.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
Put your brain on hold for a few hours and you'll enjoy this light-hearted action comedy.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
The best reason to get out there and see it is to see these actors take on this kind of over-the-top material. The fun they appear to be having on screen ends up being quite contagious.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
The cast's efforts go about halfway to compensating for Red's lack of inspiration elsewhere.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
All the stars seem to be having great fun playing goodies and baddies and running around shooting things. But they could do the same thing paintballing, sparing us from having to watch them and avoiding having to spend 60 million dollars in the process.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
A fun little spy thriller that twists the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks and suggests that perhaps they can teach you something new instead.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Si el entretenimiento funciona, ademas, se debe en gran parte a un atractivo elenco que se divierte como loco jugando a los espias y a los heroes de accion.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
It could use more blammo. And more witty. And more everything else. But it requires nothing from you and, in turn, gives back a reasonable amount of action-tainment, so you still come out ahead in the bargain.
Dave White - Movies.com
This is a flawed but highly enjoyable actioner, bouyed massively by its big-hitting stars and a cheekily dark sense of humour.
Matt Neal - The Standard
If the prospect of seeing Dame Helen letting rip with a ginormous machine gun while dressed to the nines tickles your fancy, give the film a go.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
A visually explosive film that leaves little time to catch your breath.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
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.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Call it the film equivalent of the Traveling Wilbury's...a sly caper film that boasts an Oscar laden, all-star veteran cast yet is anything but old and tired.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
They're not too old for this shit.
Rod Yates - Empire Magazine Australasia
The novel AARP-action vibe is loose and pleasant, even if the sensitive viewer can't help wishing gunplay and murder weren't so easy to accept as escapist entertainment.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
...filled with the kind of sprightly paced, lighthearted violence that's supposed to evoke chuckles but mostly seems under-heated and over-loud.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Typical action-blockbuster stuff, entertaining and mindless, that is elevated by the high-wattage cast.
Richard Knight - Knight at the Movies
Yes, it's silly. But 'Red' is above-average because it boasts so much serious star power.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
The film's two romances are implausible, the dialogue is drawn out with geriatric pauses and the constant funk soundtrack does little to make sense of a plot more disjointed than Brian Cox's knees.
Rebecca Barry - Flicks.co.nz
I can't say I've warmed much to Bruce Willis films before now. I went to see RED with no expectations, and came out thoroughly cheered.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
While it's a movie richly endowed with big names, you come away imbued with the happy thought that they all left their egos at home.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Director Robert Schwentke sensibly gives his cast free rein but abandons any pretence of credibility as the retirees dodge numerous bullets and rockets. The venerable cast deserved a more intelligent vehicle for their talents.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
With its self-deprecating humour, and a hilarious performance from Malkovich, the film -- though it never makes the least bit of sense -- is easy to take, and there are a few snappy lines of dialogue, too.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
A fast, funny, smart, adult-oriented action-comedy that generates precisely the kind of giddy vibe The Expendables lacked.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
It is Kick-Ass, with Helen Mirren as Hit-Girl.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
A high-octane dose of summer-flavored fun, an AARP action film that comes along just in time to add a little levity -- and some serious weaponry -- to Hollywood's serious-minded fall awards season.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
If anything, Red works better as a comedy than as an action film, which automatically makes it better than most of its peers.
Simon Abrams - New York Press
RED offers cheap thrills and a few nice gags. It could have been more than that, but the appetite for this stuff is insatiable.
Ben Gook - The Vine
Expendable? Perhaps. Better RED than dead? Most definitely.
Scott Henderson - FILMINK (Australia)
A daffy but enjoyable action-comedy that assembles some impressive oldie firepower.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Action films with a sense of humor can be the best medicine sometimes at the movies. It's just that this one has one joke repeated over and over again--and the one-liners aren't that funny.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
No amount of jazzy cool can hide very large problems in the plot department.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
A fast-paced romp that severs ties to realism early on and once we suspend our disbelief and put our brains into neutral, the film is a lot of fun.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
It's all a big goof, but it holds together so that you can enjoy the ride rather than wonder if it will ever end.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A solid action comedy, but the flashy visuals and stellar cast can't hide what feels like a slightly missed opportunity.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Never tell Hollywood action heroes in their 50s and 60s, that they're a bit past it.
John Walsh - Independent
Schwentke must think his audience is very easily pleased.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
More playful than The Expendables, more charming than The Losers, Willis and co deliver a warm -- and fun -- actioner that benefits greatly from its seasoned cast.
Aubrey Day - Total Film
RED is an efficient and expertly made flick, although it lacks a personal touch from director Robert Schwentke.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
It's very silly and runs out of steam well before the end, though there are one or two gags.
Red may look tantalising on paper, but the end product is nothing to smile about.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
The cast are clearly having such an immense amount of fun you really can't help but join them.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
There's the occasional twinkle from distinguished performers obviously not taking it too seriously, but this is by and large a waste of their talents.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
Red has its moments, including a finale that finally provides the action comedy vibe we expected all along, but it still has to count as a mild disappointment
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
This action-comedy has a wacky tone that's entertaining but never involving.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
An exhilarating and immensely entertaining movie relying on the old battleships of the screen to come out guns blazing for a sunset thriller with exceptionally high stakes
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Like the camera, we jump, zoom, flip from one location to the next. The circumstances are far from predictable as is everything that happens in this syncopated film that sizzles
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Its silliness becomes wearisome the longer it continues, but I found it as entertaining as, say, Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys, and could happily sit through it again.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Good fun, and though it breathes hard in the second half, the ensemble has charisma to spare.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
What Red lacks in incomprehensible muscle-bound meatheads it makes up for in humour, story and action.
Joe Utichi - Film4
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.
David Jenkins - Time Out
It is the strong cast, which also includes Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox, which elevates this film and makes it a fun watch.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
It's a fast-paced action-comedy with strong visual effects and enough spark in the dialogue to be good fun, but its trashy spy novel sensibilities mean the characters and plot will soon be forgotten on leaving the cinema.
Philippa Warr - Digital Spy
Not many actors can get away with switching in and out of character, and yet Willis does it with ease, confident in our love. And we do love Willis.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Director Robert Schwentke adapts Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's darker graphic novel and colourfully retools it as a sort of thinking man's Expendables.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Geezer G-Men gone wild!
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
This is a case of sheer quality and quantity of acting talent coming to the rescue of a wayward film.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Red Shoots Blanks at Familiar Targets.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
While not in the same league as Kick-Ass or Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Red is still overall a playful and highly entertaining action/comedy.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
All the stars are fine and the supporting cast is never less than perfectly adequate. Still, there's something missing.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It entertains and then goes away, a perfectly ephemeral late-summer time-waster that for God knows what reason, cropped up in mid-autumn.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Say what you want but a group of old pros know how to make an entertaining movie.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Helen Mirren can do no wrong. Give her a sniper rifle and the world is but putty in her hands.
Nick Nunziata - CHUD
It's the kind of cast that lends more credence to the material than it deserves.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
I dunno how a film that climaxes with Helen Mirren wielding a machine gun could be this disappointing. But somehow, R.E.D. pulls it off.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Red is "chick noir."
D.K. Holm - Vancouver Voice
It veers between high-octane and dullish moments.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Thanks to terrific performances by Parker, Malkovich, and Willis, and fine directing by Schwentke. I had a smile on my face the entire time.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Gathers a great cast that makes "The Expendables" look, well, expendable. This is an extremely funny, action-packed movie in which gimmicks such as Helen Mirren blasting guns don't grow old.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A smart, slick endeavor that gets added mileage from its cast of seasoned screen vets. How seasoned? The arithmetic mean of the five top-billed stars' ages is 59; throw 93-year-old Ernest Borgnine into the equation, and the calculator starts to overheat.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Explosions! Sight gags! A bald, bombastic Bruce Willis! But Helen Mirren steals Red every time she opens fire.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The movie's biggest pleasure is seeing a bunch of old pros -- Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren -- having so much fun.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Patience is key when it comes to RED, the latest action ensemble to hit the cinema.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
A beautifully executed, slow-motion, guns blazing Bruce Willis' exit from a spinning cop car proves you are going to have the best time you'll have in a theater all year.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A retiree exclaims, 'We're getting the band back together!' A band that not only knows how to play the golden oldies ... but consists of them.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
There is a breath of fresh air amidst the deadening gunplay...
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Red is an insult to our memories and to our intelligence, an unfunny farce whose veteran cast is cashing a retirement check.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Stars four Oscar-winning actors. It's not every day that you're able to use 'Helen Mirren' and 'heavy artillery' in the same sentence, but Red gives you the opportunity.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
If you're missing the rush you get from a great, fun summer movie, bundle up, go watch RED and have a blast.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
The winking, self-reflexive tone mutes any possible emotional investment.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Malkovich's performance is over-the-top even for him, and Freeman seems to be waiting for a call from his agent.
Kurt Loder - Current.com
Now this is a fun film! Okay --- it's' not Oscar material, but it has great cast and a lot of action --- and sometimes in this crazy, hectic world, that's all you need in a movie.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's a totally wild ride, full of gun battles, explosions and fisticuffs, liberally sprinkled with the tongue-in-cheek comedy we've come to expect from Mr. Willis.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
It's a slight movie, but there is pleasure to be had...
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Well-cast action comedy is entertaining -- but very violent.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
I literally shed a nerd tear because I could not handle the awesome nature of the action sequences in this film. Imagine the Ocean's films with machine guns.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
This is an impressive ensemble for such a slight movie, but in a story so weightless, it might just float away without these performances to keep it grounded.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
Parker, busy with her TV series Weeds of late, doesn't make a lot of movies. So it's a pleasure to see her tossing off sly asides in the face of danger.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Proof, if more were needed, that the artistic collision between the aging baby boomers and their comic-book-obsessed progeny makes for some mighty strange, but not unentertaining, bedfellows.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
In an industry, and in fact a country, that only appreciates youth, it's nice to see a movie about "old" people.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
One of those rare action comedies that actually delivers action and comedy, and one where the alleged humor doesn't consist merely of wisecracking heroes blowing away cardboard villains.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
As all-star action romps go, Red doesn't reinvent the wheel or anything, but it's a lot more fun than The Expendables.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
While the action is good, the movie isn't as cool as it thinks. If you replace Bruce Willis with Gene Hackman, then you have a hit on your hands about these 'old' agents.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
An excruciating bore on screen without a sense of wit, fun or action worth your attention. With Red, Schwentke earns his spot on the not-to-watch list and the Hoebers must be taken into custody and thrown into cinema jail.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Retired CIA agents get dragged back into harness, and the is truth is that they couldn't be happier in this good-natured action movie spiced up with a dash each of comedy and romance...
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Almost becomes a can't miss film because of John Malkovich.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Action sequences are just poorly shot. It feels like they took a few comic panels from the book, but you don't see the effects of a given action.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
The kicker is in the casting: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Brian Cox and Helen Mirren all come out to play.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Director Robert Schwentke does as much as he can with the cartoonish story and stunts but after a while can no longer maintain the illusion that RED is actually about anything.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
They had me at Helen Mirren firing automatic weapons.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
A fun spin on the spy genre with the seasoned veterans showing up the more inexperienced greenhorns. chances are you'll be seeing RED once the positive word of mouth hits.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
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.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
That's some serious A-Team physics when you can put upwards of a thousand .50 caliber rounds into a bunch of cars and not even wound anyone.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Instead of remaining true to the much darker graphic novel, "Red" goes for the funny bone, using what amounts to wink-and-a-nudge stunt casting that never gets past its own cleverness.
Alison Gang - San Diego Union-Tribune
Not that I'm complaining, mind you. The plot may be as creaky as the knees of its cast members, but as broad, big-budget spy yarns go, this is one that surprisingly doesn't require a nip, tuck or lift.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
When people this talented get together there's an expectation of entertainment that this inert comic book adaptation just doesn't deliver.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Red isn't edifying, ennobling, or artful. It's just an utterly satisfying combination of big kicks, cheap thrills and real laughs.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Just as inexhaustibly stupid and utterly routine as any number of John Cena, Paul Walker or Vin Diesel vehicles those young whipper-snappers eat up.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
An amusing action-movie romp, 'RED' boasts a stellar ensemble that makes up for its director's deficiencies.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Give me Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic weapon and Morgan Freeman smiling, "We're getting the band back together," and I will happily settle back and enjoy the popcorn.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
RED positively dares you not to have a good time.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Red is never quite the kick-in-the-pants that it should be.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
This is a capable, experienced cast with extensive acting chops, and it's trashy fun watching them descend to the level of the material, which has Mirren in a sleek ball gown, capably letting rip with a 50-caliber machine gun...
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Attitude is what drives this movie from its opening sequence through to the turning point
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
What The Expendables could have been.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The movie's goal, shrewdly, is to see how much fun its collection of Oscar nominees and winners can have playing the Over the Hill Gang of espionage. Plenty, as it turns out.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Like boarding a sinfully designed roller coaster that keeps breaking down during the frantic ride...a picture with incredible concentration to surface details, but a turgid bore in the suspense realm.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The ensemble is terrific. These are pros at work here, and they not only show up the new action-star punks but prove they're far from expendable.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
What it lacks in originality, it makes up for in Helen Mirren with a gun, which should be a requirement of all movies from now on.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
RED really had the chops to go the distance. Somewhere along the line, it wandered off the path.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Red starts to devolve into nonsense well before it takes advantage of the many things it has going for it.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
RED is an average shoot-'em-up except for the wrinkled fingers pulling triggers... as if the AARP issued licenses to kill.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Bruce Willis hasn't been given material this solid to work with in years.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Laced with enough laughs to make this work as both an action ride, and a comedy. Mirren and Malkovich steal the show.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Although it's full of wasted potential, Red is a prime example of a mediocre film elevated by raw star power.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
A pitch-perfect parody of over-the-hill action heroes nails and sustains the right tone throughout. Of course, when you've got Helen Mirren stationed behind a mounted machine gun, how can you fail?
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
...nothing in Red feels real, just relatively entertaining.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Of all the washed-up washed-out over-the-hill too-old-for-this-sh*t action-hero movies we've had thrown at us this year... Red is by far the most amusing, the most clever, the most tongue-in-cheek, the most fun...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
"RED" is a smart, well directed action film that counts among its cast an incredible fourteen Academy Award nominations and four Awards.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
This geriatric spy caper provides a showcase for a gray ensemble that's obviously enjoying themselves, but they're having more fun than we are.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Dame Helen Mirren looks like Martha Stewart on the outside but Rambo on the inside; you won't see anything sexier this year than Mirren wielding an automatic weapon.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
The low-energy, high-boredom Red is exactly like every other spy movie, except the spies are older.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
OK, so this is not exactly Shakespeare or even David Mamet. It's more like Mad magazine's "Spy vs. Spy" on crystal meth, or a geriatric "Kick-Ass."
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Helen Mirren in evening wear and combat boots blazing away at the bad guys and looking like the epitome of sophistication while she's doing it. What else do you need to know?
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
There's fun to be had with Mirren's Victoria and, even more so, John Malkovich's weird, LSD flashbacking Marvin Boggs, but the plot is pretty humdrum and the film ultimately forgettable.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Having lost all intrigue by the sub-standard third act, the picture becomes a sluggish chore that takes far too long to reach its dopey finish.
Who knew Helen Mirren would be all sorts of awesome with an Uzi? We did.
Peter Paras - E! Online
While not perfect, RED is the popcorn film of the fall season, not to mention more entertaining than most of the pictures from what was a pathetic summer.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Red is an agreeable piffle, a fun action/comedy that's silly without being moronic.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Red instead exhibits all the get-up-and-go of a grandpa on the verge of an afternoon nap.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A spunky comic action drama about a colorful band of old timers called out of retirement to help an old buddy, a former CIA agent.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Highly enjoyable comic action-thriller with a sense of humor about itself...holds your interest while alternately thrilling and amusing, without insulting your intelligence.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
There's fun to be had watching Willis and Parker banter, and listening to Malkovich toss off arrhythmically timed one-liners.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
None of it holds together if you think about it too much, but the movie works because, for the most part, you're never tempted to.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Lives up to the talent involved, using the eccentric ensemble to elevate a loopy action-comedy-romance.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
As an exercise for movie stars of a certain age, it sure outclasses The Expendables.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Compared to such generic, flashy duds as Knight and Day or The Expendables, Red goes down like a flute of fine champagne. Here's how it's done, youngsters.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
One of the most enjoyable things I've seen this year, and I would absolutely recommend it.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Here's another pound of proof supporting the theorem that "story is about thoroughness, not shortcuts."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Rowdy espionage by over-the-hill undercover hotheads that is less about belligerent bragging rights, than generation gap self-parody. And a PG rated Willis initiated phone sex sidebar for unrequited lovebirds, in prolonged perverse celibate CIA desire.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
This is an amusing crowd-pleaser, pitting wisdom and experience against youthful arrogance and gullibility.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
No one gets hurt, okay? See? He's just faking his death. Now let's get you some cocoa and a DVD of Miss Congeniality 2.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Schwentke keeps things light: light on big laughs, light on unique action set pieces and light on any sense that these game but retired spies are too old for this crap.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
Red might just be the best romantic comedy of the year.
Cole Abaius - Film School Rejects
Red is long, predictable, derivative, and without doubt one of the most entertaining experiences to be had in a cinema this year.
Chris Tilly - IGN Movies UK
The film is not entirely successful in evoking the goofy, satirical tone of the DC comic source material, but it's an entertaining fare for adults, benefiting immensely from its vet and skillful cast.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Once it works its way up to a certain volume -- jaunty, one-dimensional, unserious mayhem -- it stays there, forever.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Gripping smalltown thriller, with a strong script, superb direction and a terrific central performance from Brian Cox. Fully deserves its place in the Best of the Fest line-up.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Schwentke and his cast have taken some decent enough source material and polished into a small gem.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
An engaging, well-made action comedy that benefits from the talents of its decidedly mature cast members, even if it unspools with a pace better suited to their generation than the moviegoers that grew up watching their earlier movies.
Todd Gilchrist - Cinematical
If you don't smile at the image of a stunningly beautiful Dame Helen Mirren, resplendent in a gorgeous white gown, plowing down gunmen with her 50mm caliber tripod mounted gun, then you simply can't be helped.
Jason Gorber - Filmfest