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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    71%
  • Audience Score
    72%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    71%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    72%

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

it's the experienced old pros against some new crop of know-it-all wannabes when mysterious baddie "X" puts sanctions on the innocent pros, who were only minding their own business in retirement (?!what?!). a romance disguised as an actioner with "love is better than bullets" as the takeaway bonmot, and a cheery if predictable pass of your time.

- moonrivers, Tuesday, November 9, 2010

3 stars

Cool, fun and action-packed! A tad over the top, but in a good way. Because with its tongue-in-cheek mentality, this isn't striving to be any candidate for the Oscars. It's aiming for good fun, and that's what it achieves. My favourite thing about it though is hands down the cast. Not only does it star big names like Bruce Willis and Morgan Freeman, but even Helen Mirren (who I'm used to seeing in more serious films like The Queen), goes out of her usual territory to kick some major butt. The very idea of it is cheesy, but like the amazing actress that she is, she can handle a machine gun as if she was born for the task (which should prove once for all that you're never too old to be an action-hero). So in the department of marriages between action and comedy, this one sure stands as one of the best movies of the year.

- CloudStrife84, Sunday, November 7, 2010

5 stars

Very fun movie! If you enjoyed A-Team you WILL like this. A couple of cool action sequences and very sharp looking! Not sure many people realize it's based on a comic book until the DC logo flashes in. Check this one out in theaters for sure!

- flutieman07, Saturday, November 6, 2010