Red Lights

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5.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53

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  1. Feb 6, 2013
    5
    You see this too many times, a film starting off so well, only to unravel and fall apart so carelessly and predictably at the climax that its difficult to appreciate the film at all, simply because it worsens as the minutes tick on.
    The cast was there, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Robert De Niro, but what unfolded was simply muddled and ended up going for cheap thrills over
    You see this too many times, a film starting off so well, only to unravel and fall apart so carelessly and predictably at the climax that its difficult to appreciate the film at all, simply because it worsens as the minutes tick on.
    The cast was there, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Robert De Niro, but what unfolded was simply muddled and ended up going for cheap thrills over psychological warfare.
    We see Dr. Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) quite successfully debunk fraudulent mediums or psychics, doing so through how exactly person in question manages to fool the victim. Why exactly was this not developed upon? This was gripping, interesting, and was a different sort of thrill.
    Murphy plays her assistant Tom Buckley, who begins to obsess over investigating Simon Silver (De Niro).
    De Niro does have a great screen presence in the film, but it is simply wasted.
    What follows is a tale of cheap scare tactics and pointless situations (bathroom fight) that really add up to nothing. It was a real shame to see the film going downhill after quite a mysterious and striking beginning.
    If the 'twist' ending wasn't worked out a long time before it happened, I doubt you were watching the same film I was, it was quite clear which direction the plot was taking, only problem being suspenseful films using the same path did it better, like The Illusionist.
    With messy cinematography that was more confusing than it was exciting, it all equals out to a disappointing film that had a thought-provoking premise, but just didn't deliver a unique stance or fluid story.
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  2. Feb 2, 2013
    4
    Red Lights seemed like an interesting movie, because of the statement that proposes: every psychic is a fraud and there are many ways to expose them. This last thing is what Doctor Matheson and Tom Buckley do for living. So if you discover someone that apparently has powers, means that you are taking something for granted; here appears the idea of red lights, which are things that shouldRed Lights seemed like an interesting movie, because of the statement that proposes: every psychic is a fraud and there are many ways to expose them. This last thing is what Doctor Matheson and Tom Buckley do for living. So if you discover someone that apparently has powers, means that you are taking something for granted; here appears the idea of red lights, which are things that should not be there and will reveal you the trick. After all these, the film begins evaluating concepts like beliefs, religion, life after death, masses manipulation and credulity. The problem is that at the ending everything gets so distorted that becomes absurd. All the topics that the movie presents at the beginning are destroyed and what do we obtain? Purely crap. The story could have deepened with the concepts mentioned before or simply continue to where it was going. What a great disappointment, definitely Rodrigo Cortes cannot manage something like this. A story of enormous potential goes to waste. Collapse
  3. Jan 7, 2013
    5
    The only issue with this movie is the tone of the ending which is in total contrast to the tone of the movie. The director would have us believe that he is speaking from the point of rationalism and science only to reveal to us that his true standing is of belief and miracles in the final scene. Psychologically speaking that barrel does not hold water well. It would have been better if heThe only issue with this movie is the tone of the ending which is in total contrast to the tone of the movie. The director would have us believe that he is speaking from the point of rationalism and science only to reveal to us that his true standing is of belief and miracles in the final scene. Psychologically speaking that barrel does not hold water well. It would have been better if he held the same tone throughout the whole time. Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    4
    "Red Lights" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: Starts off great and is a very interesting concept. The cast is full of talented actors and they don't disappoint. Throughout the first half of the film, there are a handful of very powerful scenes that make you think. The Bad: It bogs down in the second half and loses steam. The talented cast couldn't overcome the poor plot
    "Red Lights" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: Starts off great and is a very interesting concept. The cast is full of talented actors and they don't disappoint. Throughout the first half of the film, there are a handful of very powerful scenes that make you think.

    The Bad: It bogs down in the second half and loses steam. The talented cast couldn't overcome the poor plot choices as the film goes down an entirely different path and stops making any sense. Horrible ending that was way out of place and served to neatly explain everything. A film ruined by needless twists and turns.
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Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 22
  2. Negative: 9 out of 22
  1. 50
    It works best when it doesn't take itself seriously, and some of the ways in which ESP is faked are briefly engaging, like short con games or magic tricks revealed. But, finally, the film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Aug 2, 2012
    50
    When its biggest trick is finally revealed, it is not entirely satisfying.
  3. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Aug 2, 2012
    42
    By the time the film reaches its convoluted, bombastic and preposterous climax, any sense of real magic that it once conveyed has utterly vanished.