Action - Like the original 1984 film, this is an action movie aimed at teen and
young adult moviegoers, particularly males. Unlike the original,
there isn't a big political agenda, nor is the film quite as violent.
Fans of Chris Hemsworth should enjoy this early starring vehicle
filmed before his breakthrough in Thor. Fairly constant
language and violence make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; over 30 F-words; 3 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings with minimal blood; fights; football hits. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol. ACTION: War combat; shootouts; chases; fights; explosions. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Red Dawn's underlying scenario feels like it was ripped from a video game rather than the headlines.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average The story's time frame is confusingly murky.
USA TodayFull Review Average A remake of a movie made at the end of the Cold War, 'Red Dawn' is a war-mongering flag-waving spectacle.
Washington PostFull Review Average Ultimately, the problem with this 'Red Dawn' is the same problem with the first one. Despite the more realistic battle scenes, nothing in it feels more fateful than a football game.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 97 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly all the males and females loved "Red Dawn." Only a small percentage rated it somewhat low.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Eight of the nine males loved "Red Dawn." The ladies didn't enjoy it quite as much. One loved it, three enjoyed it very much and one rated it "Good/Average."
ADULTS:These are good reviews but not great. Close to half the males loved it with most of the rest rating it above average, which indicates a movie they enjoyed very much. A few only rated it average, which is a bit disappointing. The female reviews are similar. Close to half loved "Red Dawn," with half the remaining reviews coming in "above average." Unfortunately, a good third only rated it "Good/Average," which is a bit disappointing.
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