'The Raid: Redemption' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   5 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   140 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    [It] makes The Expendables look like 12 Angry Men.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    100
    The Raid is completely deranged - and completely superb.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Damon Wise Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Evans' film is like nothing else around, an instant cult hit that carries the funky, illicit thrill of the fleapit and serves as an unbeatable reminder of the gloriously disreputable heyday of VHS.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Scott Bowles USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film, an Indonesian martial-arts movie that ups the violence by giving its characters a modern-day worldview - and weaponry.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    The hardest-working guy on this film had to be the foley artist, the technician responsible for figuring out what it sounds like to have both knees and elbows snapped, in rapid succession.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    88
    As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Ernest Hardy Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans's Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    It's exhausting but exhilarating.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bruce Diones New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The movie is a gory free-for-all, a horror film dressed up as an action film, and it's as pure a shot of adrenaline as any Tarantino fan could wish for.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    I am dismayed. I have no prejudice against violence when I find it in a well-made film. But this film is almost brutally cynical in its approach.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    63
    I love that a film this gory secured the same Motion Picture Association of America rating as "The King's Speech."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The film is a sort of high-speed demolition derby except with human actors. It is 100 percent highly concentrated whoop-ass, and it is sensational.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    "The Raid: Redemption" is sheer action ecstasy.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Evans doesn't bother much with story or character development, instead making his film a kind of brutal ballet.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Robert Koehler Variety (Top Critic)
    It's easy to forget the story altogether in the sheer rush of Rama's fight to the top floor; instead, viewers will wonder how the amazing battle that just ended could possibly be topped. But it is, again and again.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The action is brutal, bloody and virtually nonstop in this adrenaline-packed riff on "Assault on Precinct 13.''
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    It's a surge of adrenaline that connects a strong protagonist and story to martial arts moves - traditional Indonesian silat - that are well beyond business as usual.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie gets a little slow when it settles down for some routine dialogue or plot development, but it's never more than a couple minutes before break time is over and it's back to the insane fighting stunts.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    84
    The Raid confronts the nature of movie violence and comes to grim conclusions, but it also makes peace with the inherent appeal of the genre.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    After too many bloated Hollywood spectacles, the joltingly energetic The Raid: Redemption feels like an action film distilled to its essence.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Listen, just watch the doggone movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    75
    Because Welsh-born director Gareth Evans has an especially good understanding of how to choreograph and stage the fight scenes, this comes across as a viscerally enjoyable experience.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    50
    "The Raid: Redemption" will offer a full meal to action-starved moviegoers, but strike most others as -- for all its athletic dynamism -- lacking nutrition.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    A slam-bang, knock-your-socks-off action bonanza with some of the most peerlessly shot, performed and choreographed fight sequences you're likely to see on screen.
    Full Review » 3 years ago