Red Tails
Red Tails (2012)

1944. To help win the war, the Pentagon brass has no choice but to consider the untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are about to be shut down and shipped back home,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a worthy fact-based story and obvious good intentions, Red Tails suffers from one-dimensional characters, corny dialogue, and heaps of clichés.

Tom Huddleston
Time Out

There's no sense of threat or danger: this is a film with its head stuck firmly in the clouds.

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James Berardinelli

One can get away with a lot of cornball speeches a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away but it doesn't work nearly as well a short time ago on planet Earth.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

The first black U.S. fighter pilots rained down bullets on Hitler's Luftwaffe like borax upon cockroaches. A movie finally bringing that fact to light, all these years later, is by definition a good movie.

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Leah Rozen

Sadly, Red Tails tells its inspiring story in the most old-fashioned, Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies kind of way. The movie occasionally flies but it never soars.

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Eric D. Snider

Red Tails is better than nothing - but "nothing" isn't the other option. That HBO film is still out there, and Red Tails doesn't add to it or improve upon it.

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Elias Savada
Film Threat

George Lucas's last big hurrah is a hackneyed ode to a group of heroes-the Tuskegee Airmen-who deserve better treatment than this cliché interrupted by dazzling, FX-laden dogfights, smoke-filled explosions, boring subplots, and oxygen-depleting dialogue.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This is so generic as storytelling that it fails even as a basic history lesson: it's hard to believe that the stock conflicts on-screen have any connection to real events.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Instead of pride or anger or resolve, all it left me feeling was a little bit of regret that I hadn't been home, watching "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" instead.

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Ina Diane Archer
Film Comment Magazine

One longs for more scenes between the ensemble on the ground, but the emphasis on aerial (and digital) technology leaves the characters without context.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
Excellent movie I can only hope it was all factual, and not points added to justifie race. Movie worth 5 stars
Albert Kim
Ehhh. Extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely cheesy; Cringe-worthy dialogue, horrible acting (Cuba Gooding Jr. is never believable), and directing and editing that… More
Christian C
The movie has a made-for-TV feel to it and unremarkable characters. Nevertheless, it's an interesting history lesson.
Manu Gino
Courage has no color Not great or bad. The movie is full of cliché stereotype characters, bad dialogue and bad acting. The melodrama is heavy and painful at… More
Everett Johnson
"Red Tails" is a movie of all flash and little substance. The story is honestly another run of the mill blacks overcoming adversity type story.… More
Alex roy
I had been looking forward to seeing Red Tails for quite some time. I am a diehard World War II buff, and love a good war flick. Red Tails is a decent film,… More