Red State
Red State (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Red State is an audacious and brash affair that ultimately fails to provide competent scares or thrills.

Justin Chang

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.

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William Goss

Wants so badly to push viewers' buttons, but struggles to reach them more often than not.

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Blake Howard
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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.

Glenn Dunks

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.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

If nothing else, it's nice to see this director refusing to play by the rules of the multiplex.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The startling Red State proves that everything you knew - or thought you knew - about Kevin Smith is wrong.

Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
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Kevin Smith's shot at a "serious" movie is this infuriating, terribly directed and unfocused mess that only manages to be morally disgusting in… More
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Three high school boys go off in search of internet sex and find themselves kidnapped by a heavily armed religious cult. Kevin Smith's first attempt at a… More
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Luke Baldock
Kevin Smith abandons his comedies for this horror/thriller loosely based on the Westboro baptist church. An extremist religious community kidnap… More
Thomas Johnston
So close to how I see Westboro Baptist Church and their craziness!
Jim Hunter
Three boys looking for sex encounter a murderous religious cult that is being attacked by the ATF. I hate to say it, but Kevin Smith is on a losing streak.… More