Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 33
  2. Negative: 18 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Sep 28, 2012
    67
    It's easy to take most films' war-torn elsewheres for granted, and taken on its own merits, Red Dawn is a victory of small battles and heavy artillery, sentimental but rarely too hackneyed, energetic without becoming too silly.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Sep 30, 2012
    60
    Despite the considerable impediment of a premise arguably even sillier than that of the original "Red Dawn," helmer Dan Bradley's long-delayed remake of John Milius' 1984 kids-vs.-Commies adventure delivers enough thrilling action sequences and rock-'em, sock-'em fantasy-fulfillment to amp its B.O. potential.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 21, 2012
    50
    The best segments of the film occur early, as the setting is established with a dose of "Friday Night Lights" normalcy followed by an invasion that recalls "Independence Day."
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Thor's Chris Hemsworth leads the pack as a high school football star-turned-Marine, while Josh Peck plays his stubborn younger brother. There's also a collection of junior guerrillas, including The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson and Friday Night Lights' Adrianne Palicki. Take that, screaming North Koreans with no agenda!
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    As a combat action spectacle, the movie takes a straightforward, gritty approach that makes for mostly solid viewing.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Only those with paranoid fantasies of an en masse invasion on American soil will find Red Dawn remotely powerful. The concept should have been updated to allow for more complex and surreptitious kinds of warfare.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 20, 2012
    50
    Many of the original film's booby-trap scenarios are repeated here, but without Milius' grandiosity and nihilism. There's less of both in the new Red Dawn. It's not a disaster. It's just drab.
  9. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 16, 2012
    50
    This version is unlikely to strike a similar chord with young audiences while severely disappointing older fans of the original.
  10. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 20, 2012
    42
    It's enough to make Kim Jong ill.
  11. Reviewed by: Neil Smith
    Mar 11, 2013
    40
    The doltish, messy and frequently incoherent result bears all the hallmarks of a botched and compromised endeavour.
  12. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Nov 20, 2012
    40
    While a foreign regime exerting its emergent power over America certainly has a familiar ring to it, if anything, this new Red Dawn is a movie in search of its moment.
  13. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 20, 2012
    40
    In his debut the director, Dan Bradley, a stunt coordinator with a long list of credits, handles the low-fi action well, which helps divert attention from the bargain-bin special effects, bad acting and politics.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Nov 20, 2012
    40
    Single-mindedly action-oriented to the point where Milius's film seems relatively ruminative.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Nov 20, 2012
    40
    A new Red Dawn could have been so much more fun had it thrown a properly out-of-bounds tea party. (It lacks the signature brawn of original director John Milius, a guns-first libertarian.)
  16. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Nov 21, 2012
    38
    The filmmakers have altered the premise from the unlikely to the ridiculous.
  17. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 21, 2012
    38
    Hobbled by a laughably bad script and a uniformly uncharismatic cast.
  18. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 21, 2012
    38
    The dull, predictable direction is the perfect match for a watery, nondescript cast.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 20, 2012
    38
    A closing scene, rousingly patriotic, takes place back on the football field. I think I'm beginning to understand why the Chinese were not reckoned to be a prime market for this film.
  20. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 20, 2012
    38
    This world is divided between the makers and the takers, and after just a few minutes of Red Dawn, you'll realize there's not much more you can take.
  21. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Nov 21, 2012
    33
    Red Dawn without the jingoism is like a pie without the filling - it collapses into splintered mush.
  22. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Nov 23, 2012
    30
    The new Red Dawn's body count is as high as its predecessor's. But the fatalism in all of Milius' projects - even the silliest ones - has weight. That's not the case with the remake, whose portrayal of violence derives more from video games than from history.
  23. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Nov 21, 2012
    30
    If it weren't for him (Hemsworth), surely the Red Dawn remake would have gone straight to video; he's the only person worth watching in it (oh the pain of watching the wan Isabel Lucas hoist a rocket launcher).
  24. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Nov 21, 2012
    30
    Although the original Red Dawn was far-fetched, the remake offers little but vicarious thrills.
  25. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 20, 2012
    30
    Could be fun, you might think. No. Bad acting and worse dialogue quickly put an end to that notion.
  26. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Nov 23, 2012
    25
    The movie never pauses -- at least, not to waste time on anything like developing the female characters. But there's no edge to anything, either dramatically or politically.
  27. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 20, 2012
    25
    Unfortunately, the characters are so programmatic, the premise so ridiculous and the situations so far-fetched even if you accept that premise that no energy can be built, and the little that's there can't be sustained. Red Dawn is a vigorous but pointless exercise.
  28. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 15, 2013
    20
    This has to be the year's most pointless remake: a boring and badly acted reboot of John Milius's gung-ho red-scare actioner from 1984.
  29. Reviewed by: Nick de Semlyen
    Mar 11, 2013
    20
    Long-delayed. Arguably not long enough.
  30. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 21, 2012
    20
    In this group, only Hemsworth stands out.
  31. Reviewed by: Elise Naknikian
    Nov 16, 2012
    12
    It feeds the warrior fantasies of adolescent boys with a testosterone-heavy tale of a war free of moral complications.
  32. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Nov 21, 2012
    10
    Love it or hate it, Milius's original Red Dawn looks like an Akira Kurosawa masterpiece next to this latest iteration, directed by Dan Bradley.
  33. Reviewed by: David Ehrlich
    Nov 21, 2012
    10
    And so, nearly four years since it rolled cameras, the sun rises on another Red Dawn, which supplements the irresponsibility of the original with an incompetency all its own.
User Score
4.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 58
  2. Negative: 24 out of 58
  1. Nov 25, 2012
    3
    I love the original Patrick Swayze version of Red Dawn, it was one of the best 80's movies that we certainly don't have time for a reboot. The new version starring a Hunger Games star and an Avengers star is pretty much says it. After a long period of delays since MGM (the movie's former company) headed for turbulance. And even bankruptcy, they should've released it when Sony acquired the rights to the troubled studio. Red Dawn is nearly half as bad as the floppy reboot Total Recall, so I thought it was gonna be called "Crap Dawn" or "Turkey Dawn." Jennifer Grey (the original Dirty Dancer) could send a message to the late Patrick Swayze that the director who is responsible for the remake is making a fool out of himself making a stupid idea to remake Red Dawn. I already got the movie on VHS, sadly I retired the tape and wait for the Blu-Ray release. Reboots are nothing more than con artists and so does the Red Dawn reboot. A terrible, indulgent, and as Joe Biden said in the Democratic debate that I've never heard that "Malarkey" word, but it's incredible. Full Review »
  2. Nov 24, 2012
    2
    "Oh how the mighty have fallen." That is a phrase that you will repeat quite a bit if you've watched the original Red Dawn and maybe even played the video game Homefront before watching this. The movie is a gigantic rush job, which is a shame, as I'm pretty sure the original writer seems to have made the trio of American invasion movies/game, as the style is distinctly that of the original. The only problem? The execution. While the style it is done in has little differences, the script is a mess, spending no time developing female characters and constantly juggling ridiculous dialogue with a horrid plot, Much like Homefront, the original villain seemed to have been the Chinese. However, it seems to have been changed at the last second to avoid controversy. The writing is also a mess, and the action is like that of having a string puppet show involving a cowboy and a waving inflatable-arm tubeman duking it out. Do not watch this mess of a movie, and avoid it at all costs. Full Review »
  3. Jan 1, 2013
    10
    epic