Red Tails Reviews

  • Red Tails is more of a summer action film, filled with patriotic fervor and a broad spotlight on the pioneer black fighter pilots of the US military.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • As long as it stays in the air, Red Tails ... is a compelling sky-war pageant of a movie.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • A mildly entertaining classroom instructional about the Tuskegee Airmen.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • It's only half of a good movie. As soon as those dogfighting planes land, the story trips up by skimming the surface of history.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The African American fliers' great achievement merits a great movie. "Red Tails" isn't it.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • "Red Tails'' has its moments. They've just gone too far in the other direction. The movie is so desperate to be palatable, to appeal to everybody that it doesn't taste like anything.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • While its cast is first-rate and its flying sequences sharp, the movie is as glazed and wide-eyed as a 70-year-old comic book.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It's antiquated kitsch reprocessed by the producer's nostalgia for the movies of his boyhood.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • More often than not, Red Tails feels like it's pandering to every focus group that it never even tested... It's so cautious as to be lifeless, which is a shame on a lot of levels.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Substitute 1940s fighters for spaceships, move them closer to Earth, and you have the audience appeal of this movie.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Red Tails" squanders a great subject, reducing the real-life struggles and fierce heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen to rickety cliche.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This is so generic as storytelling that it fails even as a basic history lesson: it's hard to believe that the stock conflicts on-screen have any connection to real events.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • [It] sets out to honor these heroes, and does so - but in ways that reduce their achievements to the stuff of cartoons.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's derivative of other World War II movies and entirely mechanical in its appeal. Emphatically mainstream in style and substance, it honors those exceptional fliers but denies viewers a challenging portrait of our own history.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The Tuskegee Airmen were serious heroes, on a number of levels. They deserve a serious movie. "Red Tails" is not that movie.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The film's sincerity and good intentions shine through the hokum.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • Apart from the occasional thrill provided by CG-enhanced aerial dogfights, this stuffy history lesson about the groundbreaking African-American fighter pilot division never quite takes off, weighed down by wooden characters and leaden screenwriting.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • An inspiring, rousing tribute to the heroic, history-changing Tuskegee Airmen and World War II movies of the '40s, "Red Tails'' would probably be acclaimed as a minor masterpiece if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • When Red Tails literally flies, as it often does, it soars. There are more grand aerial battles here than in any of Lucas's space operas.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Red Tails is better than nothing - but "nothing" isn't the other option. That HBO film is still out there, and Red Tails doesn't add to it or improve upon it.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

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