Reds (1981)

This epic film focuses on the life of famed American communist John Reed. The film begins in 1915, when Reed makes the acquaintance of married Portland journalist Louise Bryant. So persuasive is Reed's point of view that Louise kicks… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 4, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Judith Martin
Washington Post

It is occasionally rambling and repetitious, but nearly always intelligent and engrossing.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Warren Beatty's political epic features superlative performances and speaks to the inner-rebel in each of us.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

an epic love story ... As a teenager I saw it four times in the theater (which I now find pretty astonishing, considering the movie is well more than three hours long -- I had a lot more free time in 1981!)

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As for Beatty, Reds is his bravura turn.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Filled with rich ideas.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Viewed today, it's not so effortlessly impressive, but it's still an uncommonly intelligent and quite entertaining film.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Reds is an extremely fine film.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Vittorio Storaro, who won an Oscar for his cinematography, keeps the long film moving at a healthy pace, mixing static shots with subtle camera movement, never showing off or detracting from the story.

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Emanuel Levy

One of the most ambitious Hollywood films of the 80s, Reds is trying to do too much (historical epic, political expose, and romance), but the insertion of interviews with contemporaries of John Reed is original and poignant.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A gripping political epic of ambitious discussions (and with a splendid production design) about an idealistic journalist/activist who became an ardent… More
Jim Hunter
Reds is an epic political drama, and Beatty's passionate directing and acting are fun to watch. The fact that Beatty was able to make this film in the 80s… More
Chris Weber
This epic historical political romantic drama biopic proved to be a real labor of love for Warren Beatty, who served as co-writer, producer, director, and star.… More
Devon Bott
Warren Beatty wrote, directed and stars in this biopic of John Reed, a journalist who became entrenched in Russia's communist revolution and also helped… More
Wildaly M
This was quite a long movie but the story being told got better and better.
Reid Volk
Very grand in scope. In fact, so grand in scope that I lose focus of what it is really trying to say. It is a romance film set against the backdrop of the… More