Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 88
    One of the best thrillers I have seen this year: tight, taut, and unpredictable.
  2. Strange, scary, and atmospheric, with a delicious Claude Debussy score.
  3. It evokes the spirit of Hitchcock and Highsmith.
  4. Cedric Kahn has caught the irrational compulsion, nail-biting tension and unpredictability of plot that is Simenon at his best.
  5. Taut, atmospheric, impeccably made psychological thriller.
  6. The brilliant, sinister French thriller Red Lights is a twisty road movie in which every sign points toward catastrophe.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Splendidly sinuous twister Red Lights sees Gallic helmer Cedric Kahn ("Roberto Succo") take his game to the next level with this inky comic thriller.
  8. It conforms to that twisted French genius's typical opus: grisly, ironic but minuscule and sordid.
  9. 88
    Darroussin is killer good and director Cedric Kahn turns Georges Simenon's seminal novel into a darkly comic spellbinder that pins you to your seat.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. Apr 6, 2012
    I love the movie! I understand however, that in some countries, like in the States, a movie like this doesn't have the same effect that what it has in Europe, Latin America or even in some areas here in Australia (i.e Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide that are more European-like) . In my case, this movie is 'my type', perhaps partly because of my European ancestry. I believe the exposure to European culture has given me a different perspective of things-besides the Australian- and that includes art. Nonetheless, I have to agree that the film could have been better, that is for sure! There were things to be improved and they could have prolongued the tension and twisted the plot a bit more, but I enjoyed it so much as it was, anyway! An excellent movie...original, well crafted, great performances...! A real delight! Full Review »
  2. FrankO.
    Jan 19, 2006
    For the initial two-thirds of the movie, I was hooked, plot pace was quick and unexpected. Once the story shifted to finding his wife, the movie losted its intensity and suspensefulness. Full Review »