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  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far-fetched even if you accept that premise that no energy can be built, and the little that's there can't be sustained. Red Dawn is a vigorous but pointless exercise. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Only those with paranoid fantasies of an en masse invasion on American soil will find Red Dawn remotely powerful. The concept should have been updated to allow for more complex and surreptitious kinds of warfare. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast. show more

  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    In this group, only Hemsworth stands out. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    This version is unlikely to strike a similar chord with young audiences while severely disappointing older fans of the original. show more

  • 30
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    The new Red Dawn's body count is as high as its predecessor's. But the fatalism in all of Milius' projects - even the silliest ones - has weight. That's not the case with the remake, whose portrayal of violence derives more from video games than from history. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Many of the original film's booby-trap scenarios are repeated here, but without Milius' grandiosity and nihilism. There's less of both in the new Red Dawn. It's not a disaster. It's just drab. show more

  • 50
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Ultimately, the problem with this Red Dawn is the same problem with the first one. Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it feels more fateful than a football game. show more

  • 50
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    As a combat action spectacle, the movie takes a straightforward, gritty approach that makes for mostly solid viewing. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The best segments of the film occur early, as the setting is established with a dose of "Friday Night Lights" normalcy followed by an invasion that recalls "Independence Day." show more

  • May 09, 2013 co00000000148623
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    about the same as the first one but still a good remake of an 80\'s movie

  • March 29, 2013 ud00000000142840
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    Okay, this movie was great up until the ending. The ending ruins the whole movie. At least for me. I won\'t be watching this again. BIG let down of an ending.

  • March 05, 2013 jonny
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    No. Not every movie should be remade. This is one that they should have left alone.

  • February 16, 2013 rq00000000138334
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    omg loved this movie hope yall make a part 2

  • January 01, 2013 xd00000000133892
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    Disagree with prior reviews that the current Red Dawn is inferior to the 1984 film w/ Patrick Swayze etal. This Red Dawn is worth seeing for the stunts, pyrotechnics, and action, if nothing else. The previous film was based on Cubans & Russians attacking while this film is based on North Korea along w/ Russian help attacking. Current film has lesser known cast but does a good job. Both films are worth seeing for entertainment value - don\'t try to make it \"politilcallly correct\" on either film. Just enjoy the action.

  • December 31, 2012 uy00000000099963
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    Wait for the rental and see the original with Patrick Swayze which is so much better

  • December 14, 2012 Kathy
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    The first Red Dawn was MUCH better and more believable than this film.

  • December 09, 2012 drjudy1580
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    The critics are correct. Pale Dawn is not very plausible. I did not like the ending. This is a case where the original is vastly superior to the remake. JY

  • December 08, 2012 twalsh4440
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    Movie was pretty good could have been better

  • December 06, 2012 soldieroftheking
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    It was a good movie. In some ways it was better than the original, and in some ways it was not. The most glaring difference between the two however, was the complete lack of American patriotism in the remake, which is a very accurate and sad reflection of our nation today. In my personal opinion, PC has killed our national pride. If this were to really happen, I\'m not sure if America would survive. Not without the sense of God, country, and freedom that has made American, Americans. Most young people seem to not even understand it.

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