Box art for Red


action & adventure, comedy

Frank is a former black-ops CIA agent living a quiet life alone...until the day a hit squad shows up to kill him.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Well-cast action comedy is entertaining -- but very violent.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this graphic novel-based action comedy is rated PG-13, its violence -- which is comparable to movies like Casino Royale and The Bourne Identity (also PG-13s) definitely approaches R-rated levels of intensity. The action sequences may be accompanied by plenty of laughs, but the body count is high and the weapons military-grade. On the plus side, there's no overt sexuality, and the language is standard issue for the rating ("s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," etc.). Teens will also take away the positive message that senior citizens can still "kick butt"; it's good for kids to realize that the elderly aren't all meek and frail -- most of them had long (and in this case exciting) careers before they retired.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the humor that accompanies it affect its impact? How does it compare to the violence in other action movies you've seen?
  • What are the movie's messages about romance, adventure, and loneliness? What do you think of the way that Frank and Sarah's relationship starts?
  • What major differences are there between Red and other action movies? Is it just the age of the cast?
  • How do the "retirees" defy stereotypes in this movie? Does it make you rethink how you treat senior citizens?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 20
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: 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, Friday, October 15, 2010

Fresh: 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, Friday, October 15, 2010

Fresh: 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, Friday, October 15, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Action comedy depicting the antics of a squad composed by several senior CIA agents. RED is actually an acronym for "Retired, Extremely Dangerous". An ingenious concept, like Watchmen, but funny and with even older heroes. This stylish and explosive adaptation of Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner's "Red" comic book series works thanks to its A-list cast, where Mary-Louise Parker and Karl Urban stand out. Bruce Willis plays Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman's appearance is all-too-brief, John Malkovich is all sorts of crazy as paranoid Marvin Boggs and Helen Mirren looks glamorous as ever, even when sporting a machine gun. Terrible work by Richard Dreyfuss, though. Sadly, in the end, this satire is totally conventional and frequently ridiculous.

- fernandorafael, Thursday, December 23, 2010

2 stars

If i had seen this moviefew years ago probably i would rate it higher.But i have seen many better actions in recent years.Red has a great casting but it seems that nothing is in a right place

- Alireza64ir, Monday, December 13, 2010

3 stars

Overplotting makes it a bit clumpy but there is enough jaw dropping action to impress. Full review later.

- TomBowler, Thursday, November 18, 2010