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Red Riding Hood

Mystery . Horror . Fantasy . Thriller

Valerie is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter plan to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by a werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon, to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them.

Actors: Billy Burke , Gary Oldman , Amanda Seyfried , Michael Hogan , Shauna Kain , Virginia Madsen , Lukas Haas , Julie Christie , Max Irons , Shiloh Fernandez
Directors: Catherine Hardwicke
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2011-03-11
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  • William Thomas

    Oldman and Seyfried prove to be the big attractions, but Hardwicke's Riding Hood legend still lacks bite.

    Empire Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Catherine Hardwicke's prettified movie is a strange adaptation because it supplants the woodsy horror of the original fairy tale with two new elements: a romantic triangle and a witch hunt.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Seyfried's a good actress, but all the art direction in the world can't make this version of events the stuff either of dreams or of nightmares.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    My, what sharp teeth Ms. Hardwicke doesn't have: working from David Leslie Johnson's screenplay she takes on the story's grown-up themes of sex and death directly but weakly.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Gorgeously shot, smartly conceived, cleverly cast, badly executed - the lush medieval beauty here is at best only skin deep.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Seyfried holds the camera's attention, playing this storybook business pretty much straight, although David Leslie Johnson's script puts the actress sorely to the test.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    At least the werewolves in Red Riding Hood have teeth and, when in human form, they don't parade around shirtless.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Oldman makes a four-course dinner out of the scenery with enough slash and burn to leave you wondering if he is vying with Nicolas Cage for the title of filmdom's biggest hambone.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    The main difference is that while the "Twilight" films strive for straight-faced grimness, Red Riding Hood often verges on outright florid hilarity. It isn't laughing at itself, but that needn't stop the audience.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's strange and stupid and half-compelling and sometimes beautiful. Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The highlight, though, is Julie Christie as Grandma, whose GILFy gorgeousness (especially in the "better to eat you with" scene) is the only thing in this overblown campfest with real teeth.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Ramos

    Hardwicke shows a strong grasp at epic fantasy with Red Riding Hood; her nemesis is not a man-eating wolf but an unsurprising script.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    There is a sort of unintentional campy fun to be had in places. Just don't go in expecting much, in other words, and perhaps you'll live happily ever after.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    With its stilted dialogue, fragments of voice-over and over-busy camera, Red Riding Hood feels off-kilter from the start.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Such a sorrowful attempt to resurrect the marketing magic of "Twilight" that it ought to be titled "Career Eclipse."

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Far more grim than "Grimm," and not nearly as much fun as it should have been.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Red Riding Hood goes from trite to triter, a plot collapse that overtakes any of the visual prettiness from cinematographer Mandy Walker (Beastly).

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Like an idiot, I came to this movie hoping that director Catherine Hardwicke-who made her debut with the bad-girl shocker "Thirteen" (2003)-might engage in a feminist interrogation of the old fairy tale, just as French filmmaker Catherine Breillat has with "Blue Beard" (2009) and "The Sleeping Beauty" (2010). Instead this is a muddle-headed horror flick.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    As it thuds along from one wolf attack to the next, Catherine Hardwicke's first film since taking leave of Bella and her toothy friends adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Karina Longworth

    RRH veers between monotonous, soapy seriousness and camp.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    Ugly, dull, bloodless, dumb, and phony to its core.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I have no idea how to blow up a two-page fairy tale into 100 minutes of blockbuster, but frankly I was hoping for more backstory about the titular cape in Red Riding Hood. Thread count? Machine washability?

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Has the added inconvenience of being dreadfully serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Even wild man Gary Oldman, as a priest ready to eighty-six the wolfman with silver nail polish, can't liven up this humorless hogwash. And it's just sad to see the legendary Julie Christie stuck playing the grandmother.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A lurid, loopy, utterly ludicrous enterprise.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    According to legend, a silver bullet can kill a werewolf. Too bad it can't slay bad writing, without which the ill-conceived Red Riding Hood would not exist.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    This Red Riding Hood loses sight of the forest for the trees on its way to Grandma's house.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The amazingly awful dramatic thriller Red Riding Hood could, with tweaks, be enjoyably bad in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space" kind of way. Instead, it's M. Night Shyamalan-style bad, which means despite all the unintentional snickers, you feel trapped.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Was Red Riding Hood masterminded by a cadre of particularly silly 11-year-olds undergoing withdrawal from Twilight? That's the only excuse for a movie this dopey.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This tedious retelling of the venerable fairy tale-"Twilight" with Oedipal kinks-takes place in a medieval village that is plagued by a werewolf, and that looks like a shtetl settled by California actors.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • David Denby

    The movie is all whoosh and whack and abrupt closeups -- jerky digital punctuation. It's alienating experience, without emotional resonance or charm. [28 March 2011, p. 116]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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