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Red Tails

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence.

PG-13 In Theaters 01/20/2012 , 125min.
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Critic score based on 32 reviews

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May 30, 2012
Patronizing. Since the writing was so bad I can't comment on the acting other than to say Sir Lawerence Olivier couldn't have convincingly delivered those lines.
May 29, 2012
Well done will watch more then once
April 03, 2012
best movie ever
March 01, 2012
I have seen the movie three times. Each time I see things I missed before, I think it is a good movie and I have suggested it to several firiends.
February 27, 2012
The movie was an accurate portrayal of an often talked about period of American history history, in which African Americans served proudly despite hatred in one of the world wars & got a chance to eliminate the free world's enemy the Nazi./Faschism.

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Washington Post
The war-movie cliches are as abundant as the antiaircraft fire, and the dialogue as wooden as a balsa glider. The leading characters are issued one personality trait apiece, and some don't even get that. Cuba Gooding Jr., for example, plays Maj. Emanuelle Stance as a man who smokes a pipe. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
What's missing is any hint of realism. There's no grit to it anywhere. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
David Oyelowo stands out as the daredevil Joe "Lightning" Little, the unit's best flier. With his bravery and bravado, he's the film's most complex character. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
One could argue that the target audience - black teenagers, Mr. Lucas has said - might be most receptive to a film that conveys history through contemporary entertainment. But this isn't contemporary entertainment, it's antiquated kitsch reprocessed by the producer's nostalgia for the movies of his boyhood. The story has been stripped of historical context - don't black teenagers and everyone else deserve hard facts? - and internal logic. Full Review
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
As long as it stays in the air, Red Tails is a compelling sky-war pageant of a movie. On the ground, it's a far shakier experience: dutiful and prosaic, with thinly scripted episodes that don't add up to a satisfying story. Full Review
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