The result is a dolled-up, overblown, pandering romantic costume drama that's not only sillier than the filmmakers surely intended but also, if you follow the plot implications all the way to the end, way ickier, too.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
But, my, what sharp teeth Ms. Hardwicke doesn't have.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
A foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A lurid, loopy, utterly ludicrous enterprise that seeks to twist the ultimate fable of feminine fear and victimhood into an allegory for finding your inner bad girl.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Hardwicke, whose first "Twilight" film looks like "Citizen Kane" with fangs compared to this, takes things sooo seriously, which translates as buffoonery.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
For a while the joke seems intentional.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Red Riding Hood is just another movie about a girl pining for a boy, defined by a boy, held back by a boy. And that's not pretty.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Acting's awful, storyline's messy and unengaging, and there's not a trace of authentic passion anywhere in the movie's picture-pretty production design.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
More "Twilight" than Grimm, and a terrible mess.
David Denby - New Yorker
Red Riding Hood has the added inconvenience of being dreadfully serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Overheated yet underpowered.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Like an idiot, I came to this movie hoping that director Catherine Hardwicke might engage in a feminist interrogation of the old fairy tale.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Seyfried holds the camera's attention, playing this storybook business pretty much straight, although David Leslie Johnson's script puts the actress sorely to the test.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"Red Riding Hood" is entertainment for the village idiot.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Red Riding Hood is pretty decent, considering it's, you know, Red Riding Hood.
Tom Long - Detroit News
If, by chance, you've missed "Twilight" and its sequels, don't worry. Shiny, moody, moon-faced and dumb, "Red Riding Hood" pretty much replicates the experience entirely.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Catherine Hardwicke is Anne Rice with a camera.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.
Justin Chang - Variety
[Hardwicke] has a gift for taking situations of bloodcurdling thrills and investing them with all of the drama of a sophomore fussing over her prom date.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Hardwicke helms Red Riding Hood with a clear vision for her target audience: young teens. There's violence but little blood, some chaste sexy bits and a few, swift scares.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Hardwicke directed Twilight, you'll recall, and would apparently like to continue directing it, over and over again.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you pondered the sexual connotations of this age-old fairy tale? Me neither. Just the same, someone has made a movie about...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
What big eyes and lips Amanda Seyfried has. And what nice cheekbones Julie Christie, who plays her grandmother, has. Unfortunately, these are about the only outstanding features in Red Riding Hood.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
Its WTF factor is off the charts, beginning with Hardwicke's all-too-obvious attempt to avenge herself upon the "Twilight" franchise.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Poor Amanda Seyfried. One of today's most lively and expressive young actresses, she finds herself stuck between two lifeless pieces of wood.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun, concerning itself mostly with the heroine's taxing dilemma of picking between the rural village's two best looking boys.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Red Riding Hood does trot out the classic what-big-eyes-you-have routine. It's a pretty amusing moment, and it makes you wish the rest of the film had that same sort of knowing sense of humor.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Was Red Riding Hood masterminded by a cadre of particularly silly eleven year-olds undergoing withdrawal from Twilight? That's the only excuse for a movie this dopey.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Seeing the plot of 'Twilight' get stuffed into Little Red's riding hood is a painful business. But look for a fat box office.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
You'll howl alright; this is the funniest movie I've seen all year. Yes, it's supposed to be a horror flick.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
Gorgeously shot, smartly conceived, cleverly cast, badly executed -- the lush medieval beauty here is at best only skin deep.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
While it's nice to see renewed interest in genre fiction from a teenage girl standpoint, these new monsters don't have much bite to them.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Gary Oldman is the one bright light in this tired drama that deserves neither his talent or your time.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
'Beware the wolf,' warn Red Riding Hood's posters and television ads. Be even warier of this movie.
Scott Foundas - Film Comment Magazine
Trite dialogue, poor special effects and an insubstantial storyline make this one a bit of a dud.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
The CGI wolf would have been rubbish a decade ago, the clearly indoor village set looks like it once featured in an old episode of Star Trek and the central love story is lacking in bite.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
For all the heaving bosoms, the big-eyed flirtation and the cool Medieval fairytale hair products, it doesn't work.
Roger Moore - Movie Nation
With this film and the first "Twilight," Hardwicke has shown that she doesn't have much talent for direction and that she isn't that good a judge of material if this is the kind of film she keeps choosing.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Catherine Hardwicke, what the Hell happened?
Shaun Munro - What Culture
it perfectly sums up the muddled feeling of a gothic horror romance that never feels all that romantic nor particularly scary.
James White - SFX Magazine
Sexualising a beloved children's fairy tale seems an odd move, but when flanked by an unoriginal story and lacklustre performances, that appears to be the least of the film's problems.
James Luxford - The National
"Oh my God, you can talk," Valerie exclaims at one point when confronted by the wolf (he can't). Oh my God, I've wasted almost two hours of my life in this theatre.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Like Twilight, makes the shallow desire to run away with a boy the heroine's main concern.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Bloodless on every level.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
What truly needs abolishing is the notion that the wretched Twilight saga is worth emulating.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
This one's a retake on 'Twilight.' I'd hang out in a different hood if I had the chance.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
... this gorgeously-mounted production fails to rouse the primitive ferocity of the primal beauty and the beast tale.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
Mildly diverting if you're curious, but don't expect to be blown away.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Mixes the melodrama of Twilight with the hokey horror of The Village but falls short of being 'so bad its good.' It's just not good.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
This movie is just a lot of people staring at each other by the light of a fire.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
We always suspected the kid in the red cloak had a dark side. The new "Red Riding Hood" starring Amanda Seyfried confirms our suspicions.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Dismal failure is redeemed only by the occasional inadvertent laugh
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
Neither a horror film nor an effective teen-skewing romantic fable, Red Riding Hood fails to find the teen lit niche it seeks.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
The whole Twilight lusting-to-lose-her-virginity-to-her-true-love story falls even flatter in a Grimm historical setting. Anachronistic, true-romance cliches sap the plot's strength, while the visuals get more and more predictable.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Social and sexual tension is nil, thus making a perfect fit with the clawless drama.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Evokes less menace than a Teddy bear's picnic and is as disappointingly reactionary as the Bella Swan brigade.
Sophie Ivan - Film4
A boring mess, neither scary nor sexy enough to justify its innovations.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The heart of the teenage girl may well be a dark forest - but never one quite so naff as this.
David Sexton - This is London
Every time Hardwicke's film threatens to veer into dark, unsettling territory, it's sweetened with sickly sweet romance.
Catherine Jones - Liverpool Echo
The result is a curious beast, part whodunit, part teen romance, and all of it a clunker.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Grim not Grimm.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
There is no sexual or romantic chemistry.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Really, werely disappointing.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
The plot proves surprisingly suspenseful as, Agatha Christie-like, the culprit could be anyone.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The Company of Wolves did it so much better back in 1984.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? No one who sees the specimen in Red Riding Hood, that's for sure.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Is this supposed to be funny?
Simon Jablonski - Little White Lies
Red Riding Hood is a fantasy fairy tale with a twist of Twilight, but it doesn't quite come together, despite some striking images and a strong performance from Seyfried.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Disappointingly, once again Hardwicke relies more on visual appeal than decent dialogue. But teenage girls, for whom this movie is made, will lap it up.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
The village looks like an Amish suburb of LA peopled by dentally-perfect specimens with Hollywood hair and rustic smocks by Donna Karan.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Yes, there's enough connection with the source's underlying issues of repression and desire to give this reason to exist, but, boy, does Hardwicke labour in getting from fairy tale to would-be psycho-thriller.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Twilight without any heat, feeling, fun or sparkly skin. Yes, it's that lame.
Jude Allder - Empire Magazine Australasia
At once a lacklustre tale of star-crossed lovers and a whodunit of staggering mediocrity.
Leo Robson - Financial Times
Best trip to Grandma's House ever.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
It feels like a mopey medieval Twilight flashback livened up by the odd bit of overacting.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Red Riding Hood is actually a fun, goofy ride, albeit one lathered in chintz and froth.
Ken McIntyre - Total Film
Oldman and Seyfried prove to be the big attractions, but Hardwicke's Riding Hood legend still lacks bite.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
The Red Riding Hood trailer was roundly mocked by some sceptics, who said it looked like Twilight in a puce cloak. A disgustingly cynical notion...that's turned out to be one hundred per cent correct.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
It's the seriousness with which Hardwicke treats the tale that proves its undoing.
If you're watching any big Hollywood movie that thinks it's smarter than you, you can generally figure that kind of thing out all by yourself long before the protagonist.
Dave White - Movies.com
Once it finally gains momentum, it's not too bad. It's a bit like an old-fashioned whodunit but with werewolves. If only it knew what it wanted to be.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
The finale is almost laughable. Even hardcore Goths will be bored.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
By the time the narrative segues into its seemingly endless witch-hunt phase, Red Riding Hood has certainly established itself as a turkey of almost impressive proportions.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
What is going on with this fairy tale thing? First 'Beastly' and now this.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Red Riding Hood clearly aims to scare, yet Hardwicke's direction is about as tense as a broken rubber band.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Gets dumber and dumber as it sinks further and further into a story that makes less and less sense as it tangles itself up in more and more inconsistent 'folklore.'
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Hardwicke and screenwriter David Johnson reduce the 'blossoming womanhood' symbolism of the age-old fairytale to hoary, muddled werewolf-bloodline malarkey.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Say what you want about Red Riding Hood, but it's the best sexy psychoanalytical soap opera fantasy you'll see all year. In fact, it may well be the only one you'll ever see.
Clem Bastow - The Vine
The trouble with the film is that there seems to have been no attempt to ground it in any sort of reality; even the celebratory bacchanal is just plain weird.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
The explanation takes away a good deal of the mystery and menace, not to mention the comic energy, of the original story and the many versions it has inspired.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Seyfried gets by on three expressions -- wonder, bewilderment and a frozen-faced commingling of both.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
The once promising filmmaker has created two of the worst supernatural thrillers in recent memory in Twilight and now the excruciating Red Riding Hood.
Matthew Pejkovic - FILMINK (Australia)
The poster's tagline promotes the film as "a breathtaking vision of a 700 year old legend" (note that the legend is '700 years old' and not '700 years long' as I had begun to suspect midway through the screening).
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Red Riding Hood proves to be a bloodless supernatural tween drama, which revolves around a laughable love triangle and some of the worse acting seen thus far this year.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
If production design and cinematography were enough, this would be a striking success
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
The idea of updating a children's story into a adult nightmare is a good one, and someone could still do it with this story, because 'Red Riding Hood' fails.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Red Riding Hood is sort of like a hook-up that you remember more or less fondly but still would never tell your friends about.
Richard Larson - Slant Magazine
Unmistakably indifferent to everything she's forced to chaperon, Hardwicke's direction is mostly lazy , and tremendously derivative.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Hood a real Howler.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Have you spent years wondering what the whole story was behind the fable of Little Red Riding Hood? Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Against the phony sets and effects, Valerie's world seems more like a cheap stage rather than a realistic fantasy world, making the film's own flaws and missed opportunities clear as day even in the dark of night.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
... hilariously awful ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
This Red Riding Hood loses sight of the forest for the trees on its way to Grandma's house.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
What big cliches you have!
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
Too bad Hardwicke didn't adapt The Scarlet Letter -- better yet, she could have transformed the asinine Easy A.
Armond White - New York Press
A grim fairy tale full of beautiful young people and make up perfect older ones
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Better than just another imitation Twilight, but that's all it really is.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
My, what big eyes Seyfried has, the better to see -- what? Like Hardwicke's previous films (even 'The Nativity Story'), this is an extreme coming-of-age story about young people coping with extraordinary circumstances. Yet the focus is unclear...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Just when you think you've finished with one of these annoying franchises, another one pops up to plague you.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
This movie is terrible.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Tepid, twisted re-imagining of Charles Perrault's medieval fable - but the melodramatic script never makes much sense and chemistry is entirely lacking between the heroine and her suitors.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Taking a bloody dagger to centuries of folklore, the producers of Red Riding Hood have shamelessly turned the Little Red Riding Hood legend into a carbon copy of the Twilight movies.
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Not as awesomely awful as Twilight, though director Hardwicke dwells in the same overwrought, teenage fever-dream, while her cast embraces the campiness as if knowing they've signed up for a giant blot on their CVs.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Despite the ill-advised advertising, this is not a horror film or a Twilight knock-off. It's a mystery, and a good one with fine acting, pace, and ambience.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
...for all of Red Riding Hood's $42 million budget Hollywood still can't create a convincing werewolf; so far, CGI has yet to surpass the practical make-up effects employed by An American Werewolf in London or The Howling 30 years ago.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
This shameless, joyless affair hinges on a whodunit mystery that is so obvious in the first reel, it leaves you wondering: Is that all there is? Unfortunately, it is.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
If you're a Twilight fan, you may feel as though you've already seen this. And if you're not, well, why would you be interested in something like this at all?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's a safe bet that if the volume of the laughter in the theater is amplified in direct proportion to how serious any given scene was obviously meant to be, then you've probably got a failure of notable and classic proportions on your hands.
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
The most unintentionally hilarious movie to come along since "Burlesque" and at least in the case of that film, the wolves on display were far more convincing.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
They live outside a forest ruled by a werewolf. JUST MOVE! It's only thatched huts we're talking about. It's not like they're locked in with property values like we are today. They can build more thatched huts be another forest.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
My husband insists that 'Red Riding Hood' is a 'Lifetime' flick set in Medieval times. He could be right.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It's hard to bury oneself in the picture's moody period setting when the central thrust remains that Valerie basically has to choose between Justin Bieber and a Jonas Brother.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
In spite of all the Twilightery, the movie shows just enough interest in its fairy-tale inspiration to make its failure frustrating.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
This suspense-filled mystery keeps the audience guessing as to the human identity of the werewolf. This crowd-pleasing guilty pleasure will exceed all your expectations. It turns a familiar children's bedtime story into a...
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
"Red Riding Hood" is such a sorrowful attempt to resurrect the marketing magic of "Twilight" that it ought to be titled "Career Eclipse."
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Grandma's house exudes the fairy-tale atmosphere Hardwicke strived for, but it's too little too late. By then it's clear that Seyfried's leading men are bland, the pacing plods, and the story needed more development.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Following the Red Riding Hood screening, I expressed my feelings about the film to a colleague who was lucky enough to have been otherwise occupied. "Was it really that bad?" she asked. "Bad?" I replied. "Hitler was bad. This was awful."
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Hardwicke directs the film as if it were one long music video or medieval rave.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
"Red Riding Hood" has absolutely no sense of humor about its own ridiculousness, and when it's so busy taking itself seriously, there's no reason the rest of us should.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Not nearly suspenseful enough to pass as a horror film, Red Riding Hood is an awkward supernatural whodunit weighed down by banal dialogue more suited to a teen soap and Hardwicke's clumsy direction.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
What do you get when you cross 'Twilight' with a cherished children's story? Don't ask.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
cannot find the sting of longing sexuality even when the heroine essays a literal roll in the hay
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A passable young-adult thriller.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Red Riding Hood is like 2010's The Wolfman covered in teenage bubble gum schlock.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
Oh, the smoldering glances, the trembling fingers and that blood red cloak, signaling Valerie's readiness to enter womanhood. There might as well be flashing arrows on the screen.
Cindy White - IGN Movies
Hardwicke does succeed in creating a dark, claustrophobic atmosphere over the proceedings, even in daylight.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Adolescent melodrama curdles into gooey, processed cheese in this fangless fairytale adaptation.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
About as bad as it could be. Gary Oldman chews a bit of scenery, but even he can't save this disasterous new spin of the Brothers Grimm classic.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The unfortunate combination of a hackneyed script and inexperienced acting makes the film feel like the big-budget version of a bad high-school play.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
This isn't your typical fairy tale version of Little Red Riding Hood.Actually, it's hard to tell just what this film by Catherine Hardwicke is meant to be.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Even with the always excellent Julie Christie doing grandma, there isn't much director Catherine Hardwicke can do with writer David Johnson's soap opera script.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Twilight-esque fairy-tale thriller mixes sexuality, horror.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Though it's directed by Twilight's Catherine Hardwicke, its target teen audience is likely to find the period trappings and timid bloodletting silly and irrelevant.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
Another idiot child of "Twilight," "Red Riding Hood," directed by original "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen"), arrives, and the Twi-hards are about to get hoodwinked.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Red Riding Hood is truly film at its worst. Except Gary Oldman. He's awesome.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
Red Riding Hood is basically a beautifully photographed episode of 'Days of Our Lives.' The script is laughably bad.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
While it may be little more than a Disney princess movie with a body count, I'd take this goofy period whodunit over brooding vampires and modern teen angst any day.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
The suspense generated by this weary plot device is on the level of wondering whether or not it'll rain tomorrow.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
A ridiculous teenybopper-geared retooling of the fairy tale.
Robert Levin - Critic's Notebook
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Like listening to an alcoholic deadbeat dad read a knock-off version of the famed fable to his inattentive, angry offspring, Red Riding Hood is no fun.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
A muddle of woozy romance and horror-movie cliche...Of course, pictures about werewolves involve the full moon, so it's only appropriate this one should reek of lunacy.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Hardwicke shows a strong grasp at epic fantasy with Red Riding Hood; her nemesis is not a man-eating wolf but an unsurprising script.
Steve Ramos - Boxoffice Magazine
what The Twilight Saga: New Moon might have looked like had Catherine Hardwicke stayed on to direct
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
Directed by Twilight franchise launcher Catherine Hardwicke and shot on clunky-looking sets embellished with garish digital effects, Red Riding Hood is a cheap attempt to cash in on that vampire series' massive success.
Karina Longworth - L.A. Weekly
"Red Riding Hood" has some moments, but overall it is plodding and dull.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
A clunky mess with no tension. The servicable script needed to be directed with great flourish, but Hardwicke walks us through, so the film hits us like a snoozy lullaby.
Caryn James - James on screenS
Hardwicke's "Red Riding Hood" proves the "Twilight" formula isn't always a surefire bet. While it wasn't a comedy (and should have been), its only redeeming quality is it's funny to mock.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
A movie that has little reason to exist, other than as a showcase for Seyfried's uncannily beautiful face, framed prettily in red, and as the latest in a line of fairy tales on the big screen.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
An often suspenseful, visually stylish and atmospheric whodunit despite a hackneyed romantic subplot and plenty of stilted dialogue to boot.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
While Red Riding Hood never pretends to be anything other than red meat for its ravenous teen base, it's more sturdily constructed than it was required to be, and thus, more engrossing.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Hardwicke's envisioning rarely achieves the sort of nightmarish quality the material suggests.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
According to legend, a silver bullet can kill a werewolf. Too bad it can't slay bad writing, without which the ill-conceived Red Riding Hood would not exist.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
It's a complex story with a good deal of subtext... explor[ing] numerous issues from loveless marriages to oppressive authority to parents and children.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
A strange, dreary and stubbornly un-entertaining reboot of the fairy tale, where ancient forebodings about creatures of the night are used as grist for the mill of angsty teenage lust.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
The wolf attacks, few and far, are roughly the equivalent of a bedtime story that puts the adult to sleep while the six year-old gives the finger to the monster under the bed for looking so fake.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
'A silly mockery of a classic,' say the Three Little Pigs.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Oh, Grandmother, what a big, bad movie you have.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Fattening fairy tales for the screen is tricky, and Hardwicke gets it half right, valorizing romance over duty, integrity over tyranny.
Peg Aloi - Boston Phoenix
horribly written; horribly performed (but they didn't have a chance); directed by someone that cameras should file a restraining order against; edited by a cast-iron moron
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Adapting a fairy tale would seem to offer plenty of room for creative freedom, and maybe that's what went wrong here.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Hardwicke was able to curate her main characters into delivering enjoyable performances, but everything else is kind of a mess.
Ande Dagan - E! Online
Catherine Hardwicke has, either by intent or by executive order, made a film which makes a far too heavy-handed bid for some of those big box office bucks that the Twilight franchise has been pulling in.
Will Harris - Bullz-Eye.com
While the Twilight films strive for straight-faced grimness, Red Riding Hood often verges on outright florid hilarity. It isn't laughing at itself, but that needn't stop the audience.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
The girl who doesn't know how to handle two suitors and dithers between them as a means to prolong the agonies of young love has seen its day. It was brought to the point of exhaustion in the movie Hardwicke modeled so much of this on.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Shot on chintzy soundstages that look like the sets from "Fraggle Rock," the film doesn't work as horror, as whimsical folk tale, or as a romance. It does, however, work on occasion as bad dinner theatre.
Hardwicke repeats many of Twilight's design elements...but the story, written by "Orphan's" David Johnson, is a ludicrous pageant of brown-eyed suspects.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A movie in which the command "Run!" means turn on the slo-mo... a scary forest is trees with tusk-sized thorns and nobody getting impaled. Victims die solely from facial scratches, except for a sliced-off arm dropping bloodlessly to the snowy ground.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Both better made than Twilight and far less entertaining, Red Riding Hood could easily lure the same crowd, but doesn't offer much to anyone not entering the theater ready to swoon.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
I saw Red Riding Hood with a theater full of high school girls. I think they liked it, because there were whole three minute stretches when they weren't texting.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
A dreary tale of love and lycanthropy set in a muddied past, it affords neither the titillation of sex nor the thrill of violence.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
"Twilight-lite," a reduction of primal impulses into monosyllabic and mono-symbolic teen-speak.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
What big eyes you have, Amanda. And what trouble you seem to have finding a movie that can put them to good use.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Gary Oldman, bless his heart, chews scenery faster than a wolf chomping on a villager, but even his fangs aren't sharp enough to puncture the layer of cheese Hardwicke coats atop her dreadful film.
Sean O'Connell - Reelrave
Here's hoping Hardwicke can top this masterpiece with her inevitable adaptation of Jack Jumps Over the Candlestick.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
Hardwicke's blatantly Twilight-esque revamping of the popular fable succeeds only as a nonsensical and offensive grab for more teen dollars.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Truly dreadful...Hardwicke hasn't offered a competent directorial effort to date, with Hood a new low for the filmmaker. Not only is the feature a total eyesore, but one perfectly content to pilfer from a fad.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
It's shocking that for all of the advances in computer generated imagery, they still can't make a realistic looking werewolf. Lon Chaney's original 1941 werewolf far outshines the hairy beast here.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
At least Twilight has something resembling passion -- Red Riding Hood is barely a sheep in wolf's clothing.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly