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Red State unfolds in a small town dominated by a fundamentalist preacher, Abin Cooper. It tells the story of three high school boys who, on their way to an internet arranged meeting with a woman, end up crossing paths with Cooper. The encounter sets into motion a series of events that causes all hell to break loose. -- (C) SModcast

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Calculated to outrage and executed to underwhelm, Kevin Smith's Red State is like a dull blade slashing wildly, predictably and ineffectually at its target."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Wants so badly to push viewers' buttons, but struggles to reach them more often than not."
‑ William Goss,
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Kevin Smith breaks with his lo-fi comedy tradition to deliver a horror story with themes of sex, religion and politics."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"A flat, talky, derivative "horror" film that's not very controversial despite how much it thinks it is."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"It's a charming if conspicuously unfinished film, a half-riotous, half-idiotic send-up of the teen horror genre with a vaguely hip political twist."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Smith's greatest failure with Red State is that he will provide Fred Phelps with an even bigger ego to go along with the boosted Google alerts he is bound to receive."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"The characters are one-dimensional, the plot is a shambles and the preaching gets so tedious you'll be praying yourself for divine intervention."
‑ Matt Looker,
"Taking equal opportunity swipes at Christian fundamentalist bigots and the US government, Kevin Smith's subversively satirical movie keeps its audience continually off balance."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"If nothing else, it's nice to see this director refusing to play by the rules of the multiplex."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The startling Red State proves that everything you knew - or thought you knew - about Kevin Smith is wrong."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The acting in this film is excellent, especially by Parks and by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, who plays Sarah Cooper, another gun-toting true believer in the church. John Goodman also is very good as an ATF agent."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It's an often-funny, sometimes precious, but always kind-of-scary little flick worth a note. If this was Smith's first film, he would be touted as a new talent to watch out for."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
"One of the best white trash horror films in recent memory."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
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