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After his 14-year-old dog, Red, is senselessly murdered by three thrill-seeking teenagers, an aging recluse sets out seeking justice for his four-legged companion and finds himself gradually pushed to take extreme measures. Brian Cox and Tom Sizemore star in this adaptation of the Jack Ketchum novel scripted by Stephen Susco, and co-directed by Trygve Allister Diesen and Lucky McKee. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An elegant and deceptively straightforward dramatic thriller."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"What makes this movie worth seeing is the acting, which is superb throughout."
‑ Linda Stasi, New York Post
"A vicious and brutal parable on human cruelty in the Jack Ketchum tradition..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A movie that's completely out of its tree."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"As Diesen fades out with a pat, artificially full-circle ending, we still appreciate how Red danced on the edge of the Movie-of-the-Week abyss and, thanks to Cox and the careful tending of Jack Ketchumâ(TM)s original novel, never fell in."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"The movie's escalating series of tit-for-tat revenge ploys becomes a bit tedious even at 95 minutes, but Cox and a rich (if not always well-served) supporting cast that includes Tom Sizemore, Amanda Plummer, and Robert Englund keep it more than watchable."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Along with Shotgun Stories, Felon, and a few other recent 'indie pulps,' Red is part of a wave of low-budget genre films that turn injustice into an abstract force ripping decent folk apart."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The hero in Red doesn't want revenge. He wants an apology. This isn't your ordinary vigilante film."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"A low-key but compelling thriller that refuses to follow the traditional vengeance movie template."
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
"Somewhere along the line someone should have taken a long, hard look at the excesses of the ending and changed course."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"Begins promisingly and then swerves into absurdity."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Once Avery's mission assumes a Freudian dimension, the allegory loses its moral force and changes from a meditation on justice, power and inequality into a gory melodrama."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"...a deliberately paced and downright thoughtful piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A final quarter sentimental streak clashes with the masochistic pleasure of watching middle America close ranks against a victim who can't even bark in his own defense."
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"The film's climax ultimately seems less an example of its protagonist's irrational fury than of cockeyed storytelling."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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