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  • Summary: Wes Craven presents a suspense thriller at 30,000 feet. Lisa Reisert (McAdams) hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with fear of flying. Moments after takeoff, Lisa's seatmate Jackson (Murphy), menacingly reveals that he is an operative in a plot to kill the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security -- and Lisa is the key to his success. (DreamWorks Pictures) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. Will keep you awake, jittery and perched on the edge of your seat for pretty much the entire flight.
  2. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A minimalist exercise in maximalist suspense.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 38
    A one-trick action thriller that feels like a poor cousin of an episode of ''24." Call it ''12."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 91
  2. Negative: 20 out of 91
  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 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+ Expand
  2. NickH
    Aug 22, 2005
    I went in expecting to see an average thriller. I came out, and I had experienced one of the best of the summer. The first movie of the year (and I've seen this year's 'horror films') where everyone in the theatre screamed or jumped at scares. Everyone clapped at the end, it's really a crowd pleaser - not since LotR have I been in a clapping theatre. I can't say enough about Murphy and McAdams, just fantastic actors. Sure it's a lil' predictable, but hell it's practically given away in the previews! Good plot, you already know it, though. The ending was cliche... BUT it was extremely fun. (How else can you end this movie without it becoming melodramatic?) Don't listen to these people who think that WES CRAVEN movies need to mirror real life and fall victim to it's exacting logic. Sure, there may have been better ways to do what Jackson was trying to achieve... but would it be interesting as 'Red Eye'? Nope. Go see this movie, today! You'll jump, you'll be taken aback, and trust me... you will yell "YES!" at the finale. **Here's hoping this is Craven's return to the cinema throne...** Expand
  3. Apr 18, 2013
    Engaging in plot and simple in its intensity, Red Eye is terrifying and absorbing simultaneously, hammering at the audience without remorse. Bravo, Wes Craven. Expand
  4. TravisC.
    Aug 24, 2005
    The film wasn't particularly "scary," but it was very entertaining. There were some scares, some thrills, and some pretty good laughs (intentional) as well. "Jack" is scathingly funny and likeable (even though he's the "villain"). Ultimately it was just an enjoyable film. I can't remember the last time I had fun at a movie! Expand
  5. LarryS.
    Jan 20, 2006
    A decent movie for about 40 minutes. Then it gets stupid and unbelievable.
  6. LaurenW.
    Aug 25, 2005
    I cant imagine how people thought this was a good movie. yes i was awake the whole time, but i was not impressed. i am not a big fan of thrilllers, because i am a huge baby, but this was pathetis even by my standards. i loved rachel mcadams, which is why i gave this a 4, but it probably doesnt even deserve that. Expand
  7. RyanG
    Nov 17, 2007
    This is a terrible movie. Honestly one of the worst films I have ever seen. The acting in the first 15 minutes of the film (save Rachel Adams) is horrific, the rest of the film is not much better. I cannot convey or articulate how utterly bad this movie is in every respect. That it scored a 71 overall with the critics is baffling. Although this site is usually offbase with its scoring of films, the score on this film is criminally overrated. Terrible film, just terrible. I cannot stress this enough. Terrible. Expand

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