Red Riding: 1980
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The Red Riding Trilogy continues in this sequel that picks up six years after the events of the first film. The Yorkshire Ripper is continuing to prey on the young women of a dead-end town, and the local police have proven completely ineffective in solving the crimes. When Manchester detective Peter Hunter (Paddy Considine) arrives in Yorkshire to investigate, he discovers a number of inconsistencies in the official report, and begins to suspect foul play. Unfortunately for both Detective Hunter and the growing list of victims, the local police seem unusually tight-lipped about the case.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Stands as a wrenching tale of power abused and lives discarded. It is powerful stuff."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Aside from the ongoing criminal mystery and obstruction of powerful men, it's a tale of dreary duty. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Each film is enriched by collective detail, but it would have been richer had they played off each other rather than extending the argument."
‑ Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
"1980 benefits from calmer direction and a better class of actors, while gradually drawing out an additional serial killer tale that goes beyond journalistic investigation to pry open the black heart of the local law."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"An amazing conceit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unrolling at a frustratingly slow pace, it's the weak link in the series, but it's still an extraordinary -- and extraordinarily well-assembled -- series."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"It's a good film on its own and it's made great by its place between two others."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"If Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, and Lovely Bones haven't sated your hunger for watching entertainments showcasing the abuse, torture, and murder of children and women, you are in luck."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"A huge step up from the unfollowable plot and unfathomable evil of Red Riding: 1974."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"1980 isn't a placeholder by any means, but it suffers by its middle placement, lacking the newness of the first film or the cumulative satisfactions of the last."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"This second film, which paints the West Yorkshire police as first degree multiple murderers, has a strong subtext of woman and their children."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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