This half-clever mess of a thriller, Red Lights, gets some mileage out of its novel premise.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
They should have known that a levitating De Niro was simply a seance too far.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Someone should have stopped Red Lights.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
By the finale ... Red Lights has become unbelievable in a way that can't possibly have been intended.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Stultifying from start to finish, this mess of a movie is supremely incoherent -- plot-, dialogue- and character-wise.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
For its first two acts, the movie had me in its grip. Then it comes apart.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Cortes made "Buried," which means he has more good work to offer. Better luck next film.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
A lot of talent comes up empty in "Red Lights," a thriller that doesn't thrill.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Red Lights goes astray on so many levels that I gave up trying to figure it out before the end of the second reel.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Instead of adding to the experience, the pic's ill-conceived twists amount to a severe miscalculation on Cortes' part.
Peter Debruge - Variety
One of the most preposterous and incoherent films of 2012...
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A clever thriller, bolstered by three great performances.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
The film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted.
Adam Litovitz - Globe and Mail
This movie boasts a few lurid, gothic shocks and culminates in a startling outburst of violence, but it's got nothing to say (beyond the repeated insistence that it's got many dark and troubling things to say).
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A self-important psychic thriller may attract indiscriminate fans of all things paranormal but becomes increasingly incoherent and infuriating.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Red Lights culminates with a twist ending that doesn't just change everything that came previously, it actually negates the entirety of the film.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Red Lights reaches for a The Sixth Sense-style twist and whiffs it completely.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
One of the worst movies of this or any other year.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
It's not so much the narrative sleight-of-hand that is irksome, as the implication that there may have been a better movie lurking in there the whole time.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
It's crushingly disappointing when it falls apart so completely in the second half.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
It almost feels like an occult thriller that has slowly transformed into a comedy -- and you didn't even notice.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Red Lights has a decent premise, but the script lets the actors down. While it has interesting twists and bucks convention, the story is just far too weak to be enjoyable.
Billy Tatum - We Got This Covered
A fun caper thinly veiled as a supernatural thriller - a mystery loaded with all the tricks and devices recently made popular by M. Night Shyamalan.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
The fact that Red Lights' action doesn't operate in a recognizable universe, however, is a constant problem.
Nick Schager - Paste Magazine
The degree to which Red Lights ultimately peters out is nothing short of spectacular...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
"The X-Files" is long gone. Hail and farewell. But its spirit lives on in "Red Lights." Hail, hail.
Soren Anderson - Seattle Times
By strict definition, any movie featuring Robert De Niro as a spoon-bending clairvoyant superstar ought to hold a few cards up its sleeve.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
It's nonsense on a plot level but played seriously without nearly enough personality or edge. Even the film's undeniably talented cast can't save it.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
With the sort of last-minute plot twist that sank M. Night Shyamalan's career, Red Lights comes to an unexpected, risible end.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Filmed in Spain and Canada, Red Lights is limply staged and even more uninspiringly shot - everywhere looks like nowhere. The effect of all this is a total lack of emotional connection to these characters right from the start.
Rob Boylan - Orlando Weekly
Red Lights ends with much fury, and it only underscores how silly the whole misfortunate thing has become.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Hinges on a big revelation that you'll see coming a mile away and a final twist that strains to pull a fast one.
Matt Pais - RedEye
If you care at all about intelligent genre cinema that doesn't paint by numbers, you've got to buy a ticket to 'Red Lights', warts and all.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
The initial poetry of terror gives way to a wildly baroque and incident-packed plot that proves hyperbolic, mannered, and ridiculously overwrought.
Patrick Z. McGavin - Boston Phoenix
Things wind up to a fevered pitch before a rewind, like "The Prestige," but without any rabbit coming out of the hat.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Overblown and nonsensical, even for this type of thriller.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Flimsy and faltering, it's a fraudulent disappointment.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The conclusion is unsatisfactory - indeed, it's frustrating and disappointing...By the end of the film, you'll either be confused, angry or both.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Rodrigo Cortes amps up the genre material so heavily that whatever he's trying to say about paranormal activity becomes incoherent.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
The American movie industry desperately needs a clever mystery thriller, but the sophomoric, nauseating and increasingly preposterous Red Lights fails to rise to that call.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
RED LIGHTS' very subtle writing, editing, and music create a mood of uneasiness and mistrust... It's magnificently off-kilter and constantly gripping.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Directing from his own script, Rodrigo Cortes goes downhill in a story that goes limp in what is billed as a "mind-blowing conclusion" confrontation.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
How did a cast like this sign on for a movie like this?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It loses momentum and the sense of the unexpected that gave it fuel. Its most operatic moments are actually its weakest.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
A chance to see whether you are a skeptic or a true believer in psychic phenomena.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Bogs down in its middle acts, losing track of the epic struggle it sets up, but rallies for a fine finale that most won't guess until it shows up
That all the good things--and there are several--Red Lights has going for it are ultimately in service of an ending that might even make M. Night Shyamalan cringe represents one of the year's biggest missed opportunities.
Michael Nordine - Slant Magazine
Cortes continues to challenge magical thinking, but ultimately submits to it. The only mystery is which of the characters will turn the screw of the twist ending.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
I'm pretty sure that "Red Lights" is a fascinating failure -- and possibly an oddball cult film in-the-making -- but a failure none-the-less.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix
High-minded thriller about professional paranormal debunkers gets off to a strong start but loses focus halfway through.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Fans of all-star catastrophes are advised to see it early and often.
Why wait for the next M. Night Shyamalan fiasco to vent your spleen when another director has beaten him to it?
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Supernatural doings in a hopelessly chaotic movie.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
This ambitious, unwieldy, operatic film sure isn't boring but also, sadly, isn't very good.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
With its final reel contortion, a film that wears its intelligence like a full body disguise, unzips, to reveal something like Sloth Fratelli from The Goonies.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
As I watched Red Lights, all I could think of was how much it reminded of other movies, TV shows, and pop culture icons.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Booming portents and crashy crescendos try to cover the sins of a deeply pedestrian script.
Andrew Osmond - SFX Magazine
After an extremely interesting first hour demonstrating their investigative methods, the movie flags rather badly.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
It begins in reasonably sensible fashion before descending into a morass of wild plot turns that betray both the characters and the audience.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
The journey certainly proves more rewarding than the destination, but quite a journey it is.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
If it wasn't for the acting talent that his [Cortes] latest film has attracted, Red Lights would have fallen at the first hurdle - however curious we may be at its subject matter.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Cortes lets slip a few discordant notes, notably during the overwrought - and pointlessly over-explained - finale, but for the most part Red Lights proves that his cinematic sleight of hand is spookily good.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
[W]ants to have its pseudoscience cake and eat it too... The entire endeavor is laughable and ludicrous, a victim of its own misplaced earnestness.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The first hour of Red Lights is pretty good, there is a great rapport between Weaver and Murphy and enough plot development to keep you intrigued.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Ultimately suffers from excess in almost every department.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
It's the kind of semi-savvy pulp nonsense that'll do if your first choice is sold out.
Comes at us with a regrettably dim script and very uncertain style from gimmick-fond director Rodrigo Cortes
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
More slippery than it first seems, with an ending over-explained but hardly over-rationalised.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
The clue's in the title: don't go.
Ben Walters - Time Out
Leaving too much of an increasingly contrived film in Murphy's hands when he's not a leading man ensures that neither Weaver's nor De Diro's even more fitful presence is sufficient to save the day.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
This dark and occasionally chilling thriller starts off well, but eventually lands itself in implausible territory, wasting its stellar cast and creditable performances.
Jennifer Tate - ViewLondon
Red Lights has an interesting premise and Weaver is on top form at the start.
Alison Jones - Birmingham Post
A solid, if a little dry, attempt at paranormal thrills.
At the end of a long night, it's an effective thriller that could have done with sticking to its strengths.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
There's a dreamlike quality to the action, but it's too fragmented, too fragile to sustain any kind of tension.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
A starry cast, curious premise and well-crafted shocks make for an ambitious thriller that ekes - and eeks - out the tension to its iffy finale.
Richard Jordan - Total Film
Never a dull moment, but rarely a good one either.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Even with flashes of invention and the game cast, it would take a wilier showman than Cortes to truly impress with this shabby bag of tricks.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine
This is the second horror subgenre that Cortes has injected fresh life into and no matter what side of the debate you come down on in Red Lights, you cannot deny that he is a talent worth anticipating.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
A bold effort by Cortes to step up his directorial game, equal parts deft and daft, that coyly addresses the divide between seeing and believing - regardless of whether the illusion is on a stage or a screen.
William Goss - The Playlist
While the ending is more than a little wacky (not such a bad thing), RED LIGHTS is a classy, beautifully put together thriller. Cillian Murphy is a movie star, and people need to give him his due.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Writer/director/editor Rodrigo Cortes' paranormal thriller Red Lights should not have played Sundance 2012. In its current form, it should not have played anywhere.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
The performances are uniformly solid and Cortes is skilled at drawing out tension. However in the end, the finale is grandiose and tedious.
The movie just sort of... peters out, as the fights between good and evil become less intellectual and more physical, and thus more common.
Noel Murray - AV Club