Red Dawn
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Set at an indeterminate point in the future, this drama with an overt anti-communist message begins as an ostensible war movie: Russian and Cuban forces have invaded the U.S. and are viciously eliminating the inhabitants of a small town, when a group of teens escapes and plans a counterattack. Jed (Patrick Swayze), Robert (C. Thomas Howell), and six of their friends watch in amazement as soldiers parachute into their town and start shooting. The teens grab a pickup truck, stock up on supplies at the local store, and head for the hills. Meanwhile, the men in the town -- after a minimal… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Red Dawn knows what it wants to say; it just has a hard time saying it, and too often it goes for the easy score instead of really delving into the possibilities of the scenario."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"The smartest/dumbest movie of 1984."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"See Red Dawn only when you're in the mood for a guilty pleasure"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Commie paranoia rampant!"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Certainly a silly Conservative leaning product of its decade, but one that still holds cache as a fun and exciting bit of escapism..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Released in the midst of renewed Cold War nuclear dread, Red Dawn doesn't starve for unintended wackiness."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Guilty pleasure film that one day you'll have to explain to your grandkids."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Red-baiting pablum about some Brat Packers, here dubbed the Wolverines, who rescue Colorado from a Soviet occupation. Risibly bad, jingoistic, and often laughable to boot."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Controversial, bloody 1980s WWIII film with teen heroes."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"C'mon: The Dirty Dozen meets The Breakfast Club? That's just awesome."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Good action flick and the first PG13 movie."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Minus the Cold War paranoia, Red Dawn loses much of its edge."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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