88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
To my surprise, Ratner does a sure, stylish job, appreciating the droll humor of Lecter's predicament, creating a depraved new villain in the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes), and using the quiet, intense skills of Norton to create a character whose old fears feed into his new ones. There is also humor, of the uneasy he-can't-get-away-with-this variety, in the character of a nosy scandal-sheet reporter (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As Hopkins's Lecter is concerned, it's official: He's Freddy Krueger.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
I quibble over a film that has none of the artistic pretensions of "The Silence of the Lambs." This is more of a greatest-hits Hannibal movie, with a thunderingly portentous soundtrack, lots of mugging and autopsy detail, and a bang-up double ending.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The most refreshing aspect of Red Dragon is its reliance on old-fashioned acting instead of computer-aided gizmos. Hopkins overdoes his role at times -- his vocal tones are almost campy -- but his piercing eyes are as menacing as ever, and Ralph Fiennes is scarily good as his fellow lunatic.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Red Dragon is very much a product, and a superior one, of our times. So is Anthony Hopkins' top-notch fiend, the bad doctor.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A thriller made from a completist's checklist rather than with a cultist's passion.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For all its brilliant touches, Dragon loses its fire midway, nearly flickering out by its perfunctory conclusion.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
In Hollywood, where integrity is rapidly consumed and careers defined by market value, there's trash and there's trash with a pedigree.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Suffers from franchise fatigue. Its rote suspense is strictly a business proposition.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I say don't bite unless your taste runs to thin gruel, and grueling gruel at that.
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60 out of 100
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