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Red Riding Hood Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Lost in the woods. Read full review

1.0

Grae Drake Profile

No bite whatsoever Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    29

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This tedious retelling of the venerable fairy tale-"Twilight" with Oedipal kinks-takes place in a medieval village that is plagued by a werewolf, and that looks like a shtetl settled by California actors.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    As it thuds along from one wolf attack to the next, Catherine Hardwicke's first film since taking leave of Bella and her toothy friends adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Red Riding Hood goes from trite to triter, a plot collapse that overtakes any of the visual prettiness from cinematographer Mandy Walker (Beastly).

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Twilight-esque fairy-tale thriller mixes sexuality, horror.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this teen twist on Little Red Riding Hood from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is a romance-and-horror mix that's not for young kids. While there are no overt love scenes, there are several scenes of the main couple kissing, groping, and breathing heavily in each other's presence; at one point, the lead boy is about to undress his girl but is interrupted. But the sexuality pales in comparison with the violence, which is frequent and disturbing and features dismembered limbs, torture, and a high body count. What's more, the movie's overall message of "love conquers all" is buried beneath the dangerous-for-teens idea that if you love someone, you should be willing to leave your family and home to be with them.

  • Families can talk about the popularity of supernatural love stories. What makes them so attractive to teens? Do you think they portray a realistic view of romantic relationships? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding relationships.
  • Valerie tells Peter that she'd be willing to leave her town and family to be with him. Is that a good role model for teen relationships?
  • Did you find the violence in this movie scary? Why or why not? What's the impact of seeing violence in the media?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Many of the movie's messages are focused on relationships, and they aren't necessarily positive for adolescents. Valerie says things like "I'd do anything to be with you," and Peter affirms that they should run away, leaving everyone and everything behind to be together. That's not a healthy message for teens already inundated with messages that Twilight-level obsessiveness equals the pinnacle of romance. Then there's the wolf, who, when revealed, expresses a desire to have a partner in using the vicious power to kill, terrorize, and reign over people.

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    Role models: Many of the characters act selfishly -- even Valerie, who is willing to leave everyone behind for love one moment but willing to sacrifice herself the next. Father Solomon means well, but his methods are ruthless; Father Auguste tries to save some of his parishioners, but he's too late; Henry and Peter act courageously some times and selfishly others, but as a whole are genuinely trying to help Valerie.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The werewolf attacks the village many times, killing dozens of citizens. People are dismembered, decapitated, stabbed, and tortured to death. The violence is edited in a way that minimizes some of the more graphic, gorier deaths, but the audience still sees many people get killed, including a man whose arm is ripped off, a young man who's burned alive, and a few characters who are killed by loved ones or associates because of their connection to the wolf.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Valerie and Peter flirt as children and, as young adults, touch and kiss quite passionately several times, occasionally saying sexually charged things to each other. At one point he kisses her so fiercely that he picks her up; she wraps her legs around him, and he says, "I could eat you up." In another scene, they get horizontal, and she asks "Don't you want me?" which prompts him to start unfastening her top, until they're interrupted. Valerie also hugs Henry and gives him a kiss on the cheek, and Valerie and Prudence dance provocatively while Peter dances with Rose. A young woman offers her body in exchange for her brother's release, but she's refused.

  • language false1

    Language: Insulting language (particularly to young women) includes "slut," "harlot," "witch," "devil's daughter," "coward," and more. Also "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: In several scenes, men and women drink -- in many cases to excess -- at the town pub and during a hedonistic celebration. A few men look drunk, and one character is shown passed out next to a pool of vomit.

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