Red Dawn Synopsis
Young guerrillas fight back when foreign troops invade U.S. soil.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This version is unlikely to strike a similar chord with young audiences while severely disappointing older fans of the original.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Many of the original film's booby-trap scenarios are repeated here, but without Milius' grandiosity and nihilism. There's less of both in...
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Ultimately, the problem with this Red Dawn is the same problem with the first one. Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Only those with paranoid fantasies of an en masse invasion on American soil will find Red Dawn remotely powerful. The concept should have...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Thor's Chris Hemsworth leads the pack as a high school football star-turned-Marine, while Josh Peck plays his stubborn younger brother....
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
As a combat action spectacle, the movie takes a straightforward, gritty approach that makes for mostly solid viewing.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.
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By Mark Jenkins
The new Red Dawn's body count is as high as its predecessor's. But the fatalism in all of Milius' projects - even the silliest ones - has...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far-fetched even if you accept that...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
In this group, only Hemsworth stands out.
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another jiggle-fest

By examatrix
Oh fer Gawd sake. Somebody buy the director of photography a steady cam already. I don't understand why these guys think they are building excitement by rocking and rolling the camera all over. This...

Red Dawn

By wjmcbeth61
It was so-so, the premise was kind of far fetched. Why would they attack Seattle? The acting was okay but the characters never seemed to fully embrace their roles Any age would be fine...

Not Worthy of The Original's Title...Basically One Step Up From a TV Movie.

By Alon Patterson
Lots of potential in this cast but it was thoroughly wasted on a BAD screenplay adaptation of one of the best action scenarios of the 1980s. The testament to this truth is about as far away as...

Ignore the Leftwing Critics

By BrianBailey
Is this a great movie? No, not by a long shot but it's very enjoyable on its own terms. A good actionerr . The critics hate it based on their political agenda. There's even a scene where the occupiers...


By ODBPete
I am a huge fan of the original so I was very skeptical about this new version, in my mind I knew there were going to screw it up.. After seeing it last night I have to say honestly,, it was better...

Well done, but it ended too soon!

By JonathanOfAwesometon
As far as remakes go, not too great. They changed a lot of story elements from the original. HOWEVER, they did very good adapting the America Invaded scenario to modern times and showed us a...

Was a surprise

By Hawke
We saw the original Red Dawn and thought this would be worth the time. I read a review before going which didn't give a lot of praise. Since we already paid for the tickets, we obviously went and...

Not as good as the original

By tom02825
Good movie with updated special effects, but nowhere near as good as the original. The ending left you hanging, kind of like it's being transitioned to a TV series. Not disappointed but not in a...

Not too bad, but...

By felix88
It's hard to imgine the North Koreans pushing such a large and complex operation. Overall I still am a big fan of the origianl Red Dawn! Opps! Did I just date myself!...

Timely remake

By jamato
Took the whole family and everyone enjoyed the movie. Realized the only thing keeping our enemies from attacking our shores is the hundreds of millions of guns owned by our civilian/militia. I...

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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Controversial, bloody 1980s WWIII film with teen heroes.
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