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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) Expand
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  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: 62 out of 98
  2. Negative: 20 out of 98
  1. Sep 10, 2014
    Red Eye is an intense thriller that is similar to Phone Booth. The movie bombards the audience with thrills.
  2. RobertV.
    Sep 18, 2005
    This movie shows why Craven is a master in the horror and suspense genre. If he explained the constants and variables in his "Scream" movies, now's the time to see if we learned... This is a movie for real movie lovers not popcorn consumers. Expand
  3. EericD.
    Mar 26, 2006
    Loved this movie. You do have to suspend belief a little bit, but the payoff is great in my opinion. I thought that the casting was great. This movie was so entertaining from start to finish. Isn't that the whole idea? Highly recommend it. Expand
  4. Deanna
    Feb 25, 2007
    A very interesting movie, with unexpected turns throughout the movie. I was disappointed in the ending, however.
  5. SusanM.
    Sep 14, 2005
    A pretty straight-forward flick with no thrilling plot twists or surprises. It's a good chance to rest your brain and just watch a movie without having to think too hard. And even if you don't like it, it's pretty short. Rachel McAdams is a really good actress. Expand
  6. LynnB.
    Aug 24, 2005
    Very entertaining movie, however I don't think they developed the plot enough. I never really understood Jackson's motivating force - what made him be so evil? Who was behind the [omitted]? 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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