Red Eye


Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36

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  1. Will keep you awake, jittery and perched on the edge of your seat for pretty much the entire flight.
  2. 88
    The gripping, seat- clutching suspense in this baby will pin you to your seat.
  3. A good measure of the movie's white-knuckle fun comes from Craven's old-hand familiarity with the way thrillers tick.
  4. With so much going for it, it's sad that Red Eye goes into such a third-act tailspin and cliched slasher-flick finale.
  5. May not seem to be your typical Wes Craven movie. It's not really horror, there are no marketable monsters, and unlike "Cursed," "Scream 3" and other recent Craven offerings, it's actually an enjoyable time at the movies.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A minimalist exercise in maximalist suspense.
  7. The plot is not absolutely airtight, but Craven's filmmaking is too fast-moving and too involving for this to matter. As a movie, Red-Eye is in every way as well crafted and sharply designed as the Boeing 767 Lisa fatefully boards.
  8. The casting of the two leads is a nice surprise in Red Eye, as is its modest scale. One of the ironies about the film is that its relatively small-movie feel allows Mr. Craven to focus on the sorts of things - the performances and little bits of business from the extras - that a director like Michael Bay doesn't have time for, partly because he is so busy blowing stuff up.
  9. 80
    When Craven says "Jump!" we all do it at once, and giggle at how easily we've fallen under the spell. The key is that Craven is laughing with us, not at us.
  10. 80
    Red Eye, which is exactly eighty-five minutes long, has been made with classical technique and bravura skill, and it's leaving moviegoers in a rare state of satisfaction.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    Red Eye packs only about 15 minutes of solid scary, but really, that’s about all the time a human heart can spend lodged in one’s throat.
  13. A terrific thriller...until it turns into yet another Wes Craven movie.
  14. Murphy, in the boogeyman role, toggles between seductive and sinister with enough conviction to make you forget that his character makes no sense at all.
  15. The movie is fun, fun, fun.
  16. 75
    In short, Red Eye hits the bull's-eye.
  17. Craven's films aren't showy, but that should never be held against them. In their streamlined construction and rock-solid simplicity lay their brilliance.
  18. 75
    Craven ("Scream," "Nightmare on Elm Street") is already a legend in horror film circles, but this is the first time he has tried his hand at a slick, relatively bloodless suspense-thriller, and the genre suits him.
  19. Favoring precision filmmaking over cheap thrills, with a vibe more Alfred Hitchcock than Freddy Krueger, Red Eye establishes two intelligent characters and lets audiences sit back and enjoy an entertaining battle of brains and wills.
  20. Sitting through Red Eye is like watching a master carpenter at work on a custom bookcase. No one would call the result art, but you're sure bound to admire the sheer craft of the thing, the clean lines and seamless joints and meticulous attention to detail.
  21. 75
    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.
  22. 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.
  23. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Departing less from his horror bailiwick than he did with "Music Of The Heart" in 1999, Wes Craven retains shocks but dispenses with scares in the negligible Red Eye.
  24. 70
    Craven's terror-alert white-knuckler is zippy, unpretentious.
  25. 70
    If constructing a thriller could be likened to building a house, then Wes Craven's Red Eye is a perfect piece of architecture: It's clean-lined and soundly structured, without a foot of wasted space or any materials left unused.
  26. 70
    If you're willing to suspend disbelief, this is a pretty good ride.
  27. 70
    Craven eschews horror trappings and gore for a well-paced and engaging thriller that keeps the audience involved despite the fact that most of what takes place onscreen is a conversation between two people.
  28. That's not to say it's great; it's not. Maybe it's not to say it's good, because it's only sort of good. It is to say, however, that it's nifty.
  29. 67
    Red Eye's no classic, but with its smart, twisty little script and those two killer performances, it is a helluva lot of fun.
  30. 63
    A silly script and uneven pacing.
  31. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Unfortunately, Red Eye goes from being a powerful thriller to a far more predictable story of revenge.
  32. 60
    After nearly a decade of duds, Wes Craven reasserts his claim to being a master of suspense with this solid little airborne thriller.
  33. Reviewed by: Liz Beardsworth
    Not the most sophisticated psychological thriller, yet slick fun.
  34. Despite some fast-paced direction by Wes Craven, Red Eye finally gets so silly, it's practically popping its wing-rivets.
  35. 50
    Between them, first-time screenwriter Carl Ellsworth and director Wes Craven don't come up with a single clever way to generate suspense, and the movie's onboard atmosphere is so phony.
  36. 38
    A one-trick action thriller that feels like a poor cousin of an episode of ''24." Call it ''12."
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 461 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 94
  2. Negative: 20 out of 94
  1. Sep 21, 2014
    Horror Expert Wes Craven gives us red eye . one of the tempting , thrilling , compelling , airplane action movies ever to made violence oneHorror Expert Wes Craven gives us red eye . one of the tempting , thrilling , compelling , airplane action movies ever to made violence one hundred percent epic. Racheal Mcadams gives up a thrilling performance that was never seen since the classic tale of the Notebook , The Vow . Cillian Murphy's performance is actually the red eye it sparkles full of evil. Grade A+ Full Review »
  2. Apr 18, 2013
    Engaging in plot and simple in its intensity, Red Eye is terrifying and absorbing simultaneously, hammering at the audience without remorse.Engaging in plot and simple in its intensity, Red Eye is terrifying and absorbing simultaneously, hammering at the audience without remorse. Bravo, Wes Craven. Full Review »
  3. Mar 3, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Very good execution of the story. It was very believable and gripping. Cillian Murphy was the perfect bad guy and Rachel McAdams was the perfect victim. My favorite part was when Rachel McAdams escaped and Cillian Murphy was chasing her through the airport. Very well made and very entertaining thriller. Full Review »