Red Riding: 1974
Red Riding: 1974 (2009)

A rookie journalist, Eddie Dunford, investigates a series of child abductions and murders, leading him to suspect that there's a terrifying connection between the perpetrators and the upper echelons of Yorkshire power.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 6, 2009
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Tom Long
Detroit News

The Red Riding films all come across as great, gritty tales of police corruption and human failing, but it's the first film that has the most impact, mainly because the young reporter Dunford is such a mix of romantic notions.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Cigarettes, leather jackets, bell-bottoms, and dollops of pop music establish the socially agreed upon distractions of the particular bygone time: just a few ways of avoiding ugly truths. [Blu-ray]

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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

Each film is enriched by collective detail, but it would have been richer had they played off each other rather than extending the argument.

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James Berardinelli

It is effective at setting the stage, introducing some of the characters, and capturing the attention of those who love gritty, uncompromising dramas about police corruption and the dark side of human nature.

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Mike Scott

With its muted colors but unmuted violence, it's similar texturally to David Fincher's superb Zodiac, about another 70s serial killer. It's also just as disturbing.

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Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

A well-made, expertly performed mystery with the added bonus that there are two more films to watch when this one's over.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It envisions Yorkshire as a bleak and ugly place, where violence is just as commonplace as Yorkshire pudding.

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

This is a noir, the kind where the good-for-nothing gumshoe (here, an investigative reporter) has a habit of getting his face bashed in, usually on account of a girl.

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Laura Clifford

...the only one of the films [of the trilogy] which can really stand on its own artistically...

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KJ Proulx
There are so many questionable scenes in this film, which make the film very intriguing to watch, as it is a trilogy, and all the answers will come forth later.… More
Michael S
"1974" is a strong, promising start to the RED RIDING TRILOGY. It's a brooding, moody examination of police corruption told in the most bleak… More
Zach Brehany
From the time that Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy had become a world wide accomplishment in crime fiction, there has been a rather large productions of… More
Emile Tremblay
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Idrees Khan
An intriguing and compelling neo-noir. Though it has the feeling of being incomplete (as the first part of a three part story), it still manages to give the… More
Lady D'arbanville
With a very slow start, this installment in the Red Riding triology builds up to a powerful climax. With an all star British cast, all of whom give great… More