“A Worthwhile Action Film That, Although Slow In Places, Does Enough To Entertain Throughout (JUST).”
“This Used To Be A Gentlemen's Game.”
“Veterans Vexed With A Vendetta! Well...not Entirely, There's A Hint Of Young Blood Along The Way (spilled That Is!)”
“A Lot Of Fun.”
“A Movie That Is Entertaining For Its Sharp Cast.”
“Action Packed & Funny”
“While It's Only Loosely Inspired By The Graphic Novel, This Adaptation Delivers!”
“Red Really Blast”
“This Used To Be A Gentleman's Game”
“'RED' GLARE, NO ROCKETS”
“Now THIS Is An Action-Comedy!”
“RED- Really- Extremely- Dull”
“As Long As You Leave That Brain Of Your At The Door, You'll Enjoy The Hell Outta This!”
“Filled With An Outstanding Cast Of Action Superstars Including Bruce Willis & Morgan Freemen , Red Is A Fun And Enjoyable , Sometimes Silly And Over The Top Mediocre Film. But The Wit , Charm And Humor & Decent Action Sequences Make Up For It In The End”
“Better Than I Expected, Worse Than What It Could Have Been...”
“A Smart, Fun And Action-packed Adaptation Of The Popular Warren Ellis Comic Book With Fantastic Performances From An Amazing Cast, Which Includes Bruce Willis, John Malkovich And Helen Mirren.”
“Retired. Extremely. Dangerous.”
“RED Is An Entertaining Movie But Lacks Something”
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
It's very silly and runs out of steam well before the end, though there are one or two gags.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
RED has enough acting flourishes and incidental action pleasures to make it an adrenalin-jacked giggle, if not exactly the romp one so fervently expects.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
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
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
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
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
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
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