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Red Eye Review

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  • 4.0

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Unfortunately, Red Eye goes from being a powerful thriller to a far more predictable story of revenge.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Red Eye has a devilish charm. It pulls just about every nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat trick imaginable, yet gets away with it through what is, admittedly, a clever and original gimmick.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Helped enormously by Rachel McAdams, whose performance is convincing because she keeps it at ground level; thrillers are invitations to overact, but she remains plausible even when the action ratchets up around her.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    McAdams, who resembles a more compact and subtle Geena Davis, captures both the strength and the insecurity beneath her sharp-witted heroine's aim-to-please facade.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A good measure of the movie's white-knuckle fun comes from Craven's old-hand familiarity with the way thrillers tick.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Entertaining thriller for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film focuses on a scary man threatening a young woman, who fights back with ingenuity and some violence. Directed by Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), it adopts a basic slasher movie structure, with jump scenes, clever framing, and ominous lighting, music, and camera angles: all this can be scary for younger viewers. Characters use harsh language, drink and smoke briefly, and commit various sorts of mayhem (hitting, stabbing with a pen, shooting, slamming with household items, crashing cars, shooting a shoulder-mounted missile).

  • Families can talk about the ways Lisa comes up with to resist the terrorist, as she tries to leave messages, get attention from flight attendants, and finally resists (and solicits audience cheers). How does the movie build toward showing her resourcefulness, by first making her seem vulnerable and afraid? As the terrorists threaten family units (not only Lisa's father, but also the family of the Homeland Security Deputy Director), how does the movie use the idea of "terrorism" as an updated metaphorical danger?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Terrorists are nasty, heroic girl is resourceful.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Hitting, stabbing with a pen, shooting, slamming with household items, crashing cars, shooting a shoulder-mounted missile. Dead bodies.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Mild flirtation. An airport bathroom tryst is hinted at.

  • language false3

    Language: Some cursing, mostly by the frustrated villain.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Airport shows some shops, Dr. Phil gets a plug.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief drinking (Bay Breeze) in airport lounge.