Red State

Red State

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Red State

Horror-thriller from filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks), about a group of middle American teens who encounter violent, extreme religious fundamentalism. Stars Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and John Goodman (The Big Lebowski).

Never one to shy away from stirring up controversy, Smith leaves behind his comedy roots to tell the tale of three sexually-charged high schoolers who come across an online personal ad from an older woman looking for a gang bang and hit the road to satisfy their carnal urges. However, their fantasy turns sinister when Christian extremists with a fatal agenda, led by the twisted preacher Abin Cooper (Michael Parks, Kill Bill), hold them captive in a compound known as the Five Point Church.

2011Rating: MA15+, for strong violence/disturbuing content, some sexual content including brief nudity, and pervasive language86 minsUSA
HorrorThriller
Director:
Kevin Smith ('Cop Out', 'Zac and Miri Make a Porno', 'Jersey Girl', 'Dogma', 'Chasing Amy', 'Clerks')
Writer:
Kevin Smith
Cast:
Melissa LeoJohn GoodmanMichael AngaranoKevin PollakKyle GallnerStephen Root
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Reviews & comments

Be prepared to argue with your friends

Like some other Kevin Smith movies, the casting is uneven and the dialogue is over-extended; but I have to admit Red State sucked me in and stuck with me long after it finished. Blunt and messy as it was, I still really liked it. The transitions of tone were jarring, but they were jarring because Red State manages to do something which too few movies manage...

3.0
0

Not a 'Kevin Smith movie'

While some would argue that a truly great filmmaker is to be able to adapt their skills to almost any story, certain filmmakers seem to work best by locking themselves into a singular style, which they merely tweak here and there with each new film. For the last two decades, no director has been a better example of the latter type than Kevin Smith. To...

3.0
0

Kevin Smith is back and by god with a Vegenance

I am the first to admit I am a Kevin Smith FanBoy from way back I have seen Clerks,MallRats,Dogma,Jay and Silent and Silent Bob Strike Back,Jersey Girl,Zach and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.. Anyway this is the the sort of return to form that Martin Scorsese had with The Departed, Quentin Tarantino with Inglourious Basterds,Clint Eastwood with Million...

5.0
0

Who knew Smith could direct thriller!

I very much enjoyed this film. Even though the pacing was, at times, a bit disconcerting the action and performances more than made up for it. All i have to say is 'Kevin Smith where have you been?!'

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

This sloppily constructed horror-thriller lacks the satirical bite and action chops to skewer extreme-right-wing zealots with the gusto Smith clearly feels they deserve, instead evincing the verbal incontinence and slack tension that have long dogged the writer-director's work.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A brave attempt from Smith to break away from dialogue-heavy comedy, Red State doesn’t lack for ideas. What it does lack is an ability to execute them sharply.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Red State is cleverly contrarian enough to get a rise out of almost any audience.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is one of those movies that's "interesting" rather than ˜"good". Smith has so much solid material to deliver that it's a shame the package is so sloppily wrapped.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Red State is gloriously unencumbered by fidelity to genre conventions, which lends it a thrilling element of unpredictability even when the action frequently grows shrill and heavy-handed.

0
Variety

Variety

press

This sloppily constructed horror-thriller lacks the satirical bite and action chops to skewer extreme-right-wing zealots with the gusto Smith clearly feels they deserve, instead evincing the verbal incontinence and slack tension that have long dogged the writer-director's work.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A brave attempt from Smith to break away from dialogue-heavy comedy, Red State doesn’t lack for ideas. What it does lack is an ability to execute them sharply.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Red State is cleverly contrarian enough to get a rise out of almost any audience.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is one of those movies that's "interesting" rather than ˜"good". Smith has so much solid material to deliver that it's a shame the package is so sloppily wrapped.

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Red State is gloriously unencumbered by fidelity to genre conventions, which lends it a thrilling element of unpredictability even when the action frequently grows shrill and heavy-handed.

0

Be prepared to argue with your friends

Like some other Kevin Smith movies, the casting is uneven and the dialogue is over-extended; but I have to admit Red State sucked me in and stuck with me long after it finished. Blunt and messy as it was, I still really liked it. The transitions of tone were jarring, but they were jarring because Red State manages to do something which too few movies...

3.0
0

Not a 'Kevin Smith movie'

While some would argue that a truly great filmmaker is to be able to adapt their skills to almost any story, certain filmmakers seem to work best by locking themselves into a singular style, which they merely tweak here and there with each new film. For the last two decades, no director has been a better example of the latter type than Kevin Smith. To...

3.0
0

Kevin Smith is back and by god with a Vegenance

I am the first to admit I am a Kevin Smith FanBoy from way back I have seen Clerks,MallRats,Dogma,Jay and Silent and Silent Bob Strike Back,Jersey Girl,Zach and Miri Make a Porno and Cop Out.. Anyway this is the the sort of return to form that Martin Scorsese had with The Departed, Quentin Tarantino with Inglourious Basterds,Clint Eastwood with Million...

5.0
0

Who knew Smith could direct thriller!

I very much enjoyed this film. Even though the pacing was, at times, a bit disconcerting the action and performances more than made up for it. All i have to say is 'Kevin Smith where have you been?!'

4.0
0