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  • Summary: Valerie is a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider Peter, but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry. Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie's older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life. Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon, to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon's arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. Panic grips the town as Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast--one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect...and bait. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 36
  2. Negative: 21 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: William Thomas
    Apr 11, 2011
    Oldman and Seyfried prove to be the big attractions, but Hardwicke's Riding Hood legend still lacks bite.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 10, 2011
    My, what sharp teeth Ms. Hardwicke doesn't have: working from David Leslie Johnson's screenplay she takes on the story's grown-up themes of sex and death directly but weakly.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 12, 2011
    Oldman makes a four-course dinner out of the scenery with enough slash and burn to leave you wondering if he is vying with Nicolas Cage for the title of filmdom's biggest hambone.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 10, 2011
    Far more grim than "Grimm," and not nearly as much fun as it should have been.
  5. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 10, 2011
    Like an idiot, I came to this movie hoping that director Catherine Hardwicke-who made her debut with the bad-girl shocker "Thirteen" (2003)-might engage in a feminist interrogation of the old fairy tale, just as French filmmaker Catherine Breillat has with "Blue Beard" (2009) and "The Sleeping Beauty" (2010). Instead this is a muddle-headed horror flick.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 11, 2011
    I have no idea how to blow up a two-page fairy tale into 100 minutes of blockbuster, but frankly I was hoping for more backstory about the titular cape in Red Riding Hood. Thread count? Machine washability?
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 10, 2011
    This tedious retelling of the venerable fairy tale-"Twilight" with Oedipal kinks-takes place in a medieval village that is plagued by a werewolf, and that looks like a shtetl settled by California actors.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 43
  2. Negative: 21 out of 43
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I like it. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2011
    Lástima que tenga casi el mismo estilo de Crepúsculo, pero la película me gustó harto.
    Banda Sonora: (8.5) Sentí que le faltó algo.
    Efectos: (10.0) sin duda, los efectos son muy buenos, no me quejo.
    Personajes:(10.0) La verdad que los personajes fueron muy bien seleccionados. el Hermano de Valerie si no tiene sentido
    Otra opinión, el Hombre-Lobo le faltó haber sido más tenebroso, sólamente era un Lobo Negro grande.

    Total: (9.5) / (10.0) No lo redondeo, por lo tanto mi Resultado: (9.0)
  3. BeK
    Jul 12, 2011
    The truth is, I wasn't really expecting much of this movie, but it definitely wasn't as bad as I expected. The story is really not that complicated, even though at certain points you're always wondering, who is who, what's going on, and so on. Very well made, probably the fact that it doesn't follow the story which we loved when we were children, made the public not appreciate this film. Great acting, small flaws in the movie, but in my opinion, a film worth seeing. Amanda, an impressive actress, couldn't have chosen a better role, followed by a strong male cast, and of course a mystery to mix them all up. Some elements really represent a sort of childish game, but all in all I would suggest you watch this movie. Not something you will remember in the past years, but still, if you're a fan of this kind of genre you won't be disappointed. I love movies and I liked this one. I really don't know what's the reason for all the small graded reviews, it was not at all that bad, that someone would rate it 0, for example, but I guess some people just don't appreciate the effort put in movies, even though you don't really argue with tastes. See it and rate it. Expand
  4. May 22, 2011
    This movie was okay. It was boring at the beg but then it pick up in the middle. The first 30 minutes of the movie is so boring. This movie is more like a twilight than a horror movie. I like that they made red riding hood older. You would think since Red Riding Hood is older that this movie will be for older people. You wrong. Still the same type of movie as twilight. More romance than horror. I thought this movie was going be a horror film. THis movie has the same type of music that a twilight movie would have. Im kind of a twilight fan. I like twilight way more than this movie. I think that they might try to make another movie of this. If you like Gothic movies than you will love this. A very bored and very entertaining Gothic Horror movie. More drama and romance than horror. This movie does has dip of horror. Just a little dip. The scary parts in the movie might be scary to only kids under 10. If you over ten it might not be scary to you. A great movie to see if you love Twilight. I think twilight fan is loving this movie. The screenwriting was dry but it was an average movie. Beginning is boring but it pick up after the beginning. Expand
  5. Jul 23, 2011
    Red Riding Hood is an ok film. The wolf scenes in the film are pretty cool. My problems with this film is the fact the title is misleading. The Red Riding Hood I heard in my childhood was nowhere near what this movie was. I couldnt really care about the characters or who lived or die and the film is just boring. I would say see this film if you want but for me i wouldnt watch this. Expand
  6. Apr 7, 2011
    Why? Oh, why they have to make movies like this? I was hopping to see a Red Rinding Hood story filled with horror and slaughter of villagers.. and what did I get? A love triangle and stupid plot although Grandma was kind of creepy. The best thing about this movie is that it was pretty funny. Maybe the scene where Red is talking with the Wolf telepathically would be nominated for MTV 's Best WTF? moment. As lame the movie is I can find one thing that is pretty usual in all Medieval times villages: there is Always an Idiot. Expand
  7. Jun 23, 2011
    Twilight with a new skin. I am divided on if this is a movie or purposely insulting to the original story from Grimm. Same topic of being in love with a monster that should be eradicated if they ever appear. Same topic of a slut being the protagonist. Expand

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