'Dredd 3D' Critic Reviews

96%
MovieWeb:   13 reviews
78%
Rotten Tomatoes:   148 reviews
  • Julian Roman MovieWeb (Top Critic)
    80
    Who would have guessed that Karl Urban would be the baddest-ass mofo of 2012 so far?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Darren Franich Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Urban manages to give a credibly wry performance using little more than his gravelly, imitation-Eastwood voice - and his chin.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Every so often there's a suggestion that a police state may actually be a lousy idea, but this thought dies even faster than the disposable characters.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Phelim O'Neill Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    In a world of compromised adaptations, Dredd is something of a triumph.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    While not for the squeamish, Dredd 3D is an effectively gritty B movie accentuated by stylish visuals and irreverent humor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Sean O'Connell Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    This, finally, is the Dredd movie comic book readers have been anticipating.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    In a generic way, the environment works. But it drains the material of what should be most unique about it, and leaves Urban twisting despite a tightly coiled performance.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Simon Abrams Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Dredd is proudly degenerate-and it never feels compelled to slow down and explain itself.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    "Dredd" is a lot of murk and grunt with no inner engine. And the unnecessary 3-D only makes it look muddier.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    What's exceptional is the orchestration of color, form, light and dark (lots of dark), 3-D technology and digital effects into a look that amounts to a vision.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    50
    This isn't a bad movie version of 'Judge Dredd,' but it's also too little too late.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    80
    Dredd 3D isn't revelatory, nor does it redefine any of the genres it splashes among as it goes its merry, bloody way, but as goofy-gory self-satire high-tech low-morality future-cop epics go, it's charmingly diabolical.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    For sci-fi action fans, it's an instant classic.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Randy Cordova Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    With its dark characters and the grim setting, the film masterfully creates a compelling, nightmarish atmosphere.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Geoff Berkshire Variety (Top Critic)
    Grim, gritty and ultra-violent, Dredd reinstates the somber brutality missing from the U.K. comicbook icon's previous screen outing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    My notes are as follows: "Shoot bad guy." "Shoot bad guy." "Shoot bad guy."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Raju Mudhar Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    Essentially a futuristic take on Die Hard or The Raid: Redemption, this is a violent, gory and faithful execution of the character that fans should rejoice at.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    75
    Sit back and enjoy, the movie earns every morsel of entertainment goodness.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    67
    "Dredd 3D" may present a dreary vision of the future, but it offers a promising encapsulation of the modern action movie.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Not much of what Dredd has to offer is new or groundbreaking, but the fusion of familiar elements generates a smartly-paced, suspenseful 90 minutes that's a vast improvement over the 1995 film ...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Dalton Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Dredd 3D constantly impresses on a visual level, with a gritty style more akin to cult hits like District 9 or 28 Days Later than to standard Hollywood comic-book blockbusters.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    75
    A wickedly dark comic streak breaks up the vivid violence and relentless bleakness of "Dredd 3D."
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Olsen Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Smartly cast and with a sharp team behind the scenes, there is no good reason why "Dredd 3D" is such a clunk-headed action picture.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Meredith Borders Badass Digest
    There's something to be said for DREDD's not taking itself too seriously, and if you do the same, you'll have a ball watching it.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Jeffrey Lyles Lyles' Movie Files
    85
    A tremendously entertaining film that consistently pushes the limits of 3D creativity in a way to seem like the images are leaping straight from the comic book panels.
    Full Review » 1 year ago