San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Catherine Hardwicke's prettified movie is a strange adaptation because it supplants the woodsy horror of the original fairy tale with two new elements: a romantic triangle and a witch hunt.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Seyfried holds the camera's attention, playing this storybook business pretty much straight, although David Leslie Johnson's script puts the actress sorely to the test.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Red Riding Hood goes from trite to triter, a plot collapse that overtakes any of the visual prettiness from cinematographer Mandy Walker (Beastly).
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
As it thuds along from one wolf attack to the next, Catherine Hardwicke's first film since taking leave of Bella and her toothy friends adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even wild man Gary Oldman, as a priest ready to eighty-six the wolfman with silver nail polish, can't liven up this humorless hogwash. And it's just sad to see the legendary Julie Christie stuck playing the grandmother.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The amazingly awful dramatic thriller Red Riding Hood could, with tweaks, be enjoyably bad in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space" kind of way. Instead, it's M. Night Shyamalan-style bad, which means despite all the unintentional snickers, you feel trapped.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This tedious retelling of the venerable fairy tale-"Twilight" with Oedipal kinks-takes place in a medieval village that is plagued by a werewolf, and that looks like a shtetl settled by California actors.
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29 out of 100
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