The Raid: Redemption Reviews

  • [It] makes The Expendables look like 12 Angry Men.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film, an Indonesian martial-arts movie that ups the violence by giving its characters a modern-day worldview - and weaponry.

    Scott Bowles — USA Today

  • The hardest-working guy on this film had to be the foley artist, the technician responsible for figuring out what it sounds like to have both knees and elbows snapped, in rapid succession.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans's Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype.

    Ernest Hardy — Village Voice

  • It's exhausting but exhilarating.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie is a gory free-for-all, a horror film dressed up as an action film, and it's as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • I am dismayed. I have no prejudice against violence when I find it in a well-made film. But this film is almost brutally cynical in its approach.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I love that a film this gory secured the same Motion Picture Association of America rating as "The King's Speech."

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The film is a sort of high-speed demolition derby except with human actors. It is 100 percent highly concentrated whoop-ass, and it is sensational.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • "The Raid: Redemption" is sheer action ecstasy.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Evans doesn't bother much with story or character development, instead making his film a kind of brutal ballet.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • It's easy to forget the story altogether in the sheer rush of Rama's fight to the top floor; instead, viewers will wonder how the amazing battle that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again.

    Robert Koehler — Variety

  • The action is brutal, bloody and virtually nonstop in this adrenaline-packed riff on "Assault on Precinct 13.''

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • It's a surge of adrenaline that connects a strong protagonist and story to martial arts moves - traditional Indonesian silat - that are well beyond business as usual.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • My only complaint about The Raid is that it ended.

    Chase Whale — Film.com

  • The movie gets a little slow when it settles down for some routine dialogue or plot development, but it's never more than a couple minutes before break time is over and it's back to the insane fighting stunts.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

  • The Raid confronts the nature of movie violence and comes to grim conclusions, but it also makes peace with the inherent appeal of the genre.

    Eric Kohn — indieWIRE

  • After too many bloated Hollywood spectacles, the joltingly energetic The Raid: Redemption feels like an action film distilled to its essence.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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