Red Tails Synopsis
The U.S. military forms the first all-black aerial-combat unit.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
As long as it stays in the air, Red Tails is a compelling sky-war pageant of a movie. On the ground, it's a far shakier experience: dutiful...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There isn't a real, flesh-and-blood figure in the bunch. Everything about Red Tails - the breaking down of racial barriers, the military...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
David Oyelowo stands out as the daredevil Joe "Lightning" Little, the unit's best flier. With his bravery and bravado, he's the film's most...
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By Stephanie Zacharek
In the end Red Tails is mostly about the coolness of flying. Its heart is in the clouds, instead of with the men at the controls.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You leave Red Tails thinking of what might have been instead of what is – a missed opportunity.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The movie is so desperate to be palatable, to appeal to everybody that it doesn't taste like anything.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Every character here is so squeaky-clean, and the prejudice as depicted is so toothless and easily overcome, that the film feels like a...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
George Lucas produced this candy-coated, fictionalized drama, and while its cast is first-rate and its flying sequences sharp, the movie is...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One could argue that the target audience - black teenagers, Mr. Lucas has said - might be most receptive to a film that conveys history...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
What's missing is any hint of realism. There's no grit to it anywhere.
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If you're an African American, you should see and support this film...

By HakatRe
As an African American and a pilot, I take the history and accomplishments of the 332nd Fighter Group (The Tuskegee Airmen) more seriously than most, I guess. This film was well made from a technical...


By iPhoneQue
This is a GREAT story, tastefully done, safe for kids, and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. Considering the story, it should be every American's obligation to see this depiction of real American...

Must see!

By bethand3girls
This movie was a terrific story, interesting, engaging and compelling. Not perfect, but a great story well told. The characters could have had more depth, but that would have bogged the story down...

im inspired

By mrm711
i was having a really bad day at work. i was going to skip this movie...but i thought, perhaps going to the theater will take me away from my miserable day. sure enough, it did. call it a sign,...

Red Tails a must go

By wilson131004gmailcom
Not only becaus of the star studded cast,not only because it is a Lucas film but because it is a very realistic review of US history. This part of our history isn't shared with everyone and it is not...

A Great Untold Story

By supermex25
Kudos to George Lucas for taking a chance and making this movie! I enjoyed every minute of this movie and even though I saw the midnight preview, I never fell asleep. It was great to see how our...

Red Tails; made me blood red with pride

By daddydarryl
I made it my business to be at the theatre on Friday night and share this movie with my brother and sister-in-law. I'm somewhat familiar with the historical heroic feats of the Army Air Corp project...

GLORY meets TOP GUN... kinda!

By Geek Soul Brother
RED TAILS is a story about Black Pilots in WWII that overcame prejudice and adversity as they fought the Germans in the air, and saved the lives of bomber pilots they protected. If anyone is...

Great TRUE Story. Has action, history, and a little romance.

By Mr-Z
My wife and I saw this and both loved it. The flying action was very realistic, kept you on the edge of your seat from the start. Characters well acted as the story developed throughout the movie. My...

History on Film

By photopatt
This film is a must see for everyone regardless of race, creed or color; regardless of age, gender, religion or political persuastion. This film captures a piece of American history, military...

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Rated PG-13 | For Some sequences of war violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Wartime drama mixes aerial combat, worthy messages, cliches.
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