Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 36
  2. Negative: 21 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 11, 2011
    38
    With its stilted dialogue, fragments of voice-over and over-busy camera, Red Riding Hood feels off-kilter from the start.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 11, 2011
    38
    Such a sorrowful attempt to resurrect the marketing magic of "Twilight" that it ought to be titled "Career Eclipse."
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 10, 2011
    38
    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 10, 2011
    38
    Far more grim than "Grimm," and not nearly as much fun as it should have been.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 10, 2011
    35
    Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 10, 2011
    33
    Red Riding Hood goes from trite to triter, a plot collapse that overtakes any of the visual prettiness from cinematographer Mandy Walker (Beastly).
  7. Reviewed by: David Denby
    Mar 23, 2011
    30
    The movie is all whoosh and whack and abrupt closeups -- jerky digital punctuation. It's alienating experience, without emotional resonance or charm. [28 March 2011, p. 116]
  8. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Mar 10, 2011
    30
    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.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Mar 9, 2011
    30
    As it thuds along from one wolf attack to the next, Catherine Hardwicke's first film since taking leave of Bella and her toothy friends adamantly refuses to provide any wit, humor or fun.
  10. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Mar 9, 2011
    30
    RRH veers between monotonous, soapy seriousness and camp.
  11. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 11, 2011
    25
    Ugly, dull, bloodless, dumb, and phony to its core.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 11, 2011
    25
    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?
  13. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 10, 2011
    25
    Has the added inconvenience of being dreadfully serious about a plot so preposterous, it demands to be filmed by Monty Python.
  14. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 10, 2011
    25
    Even wild man Gary Oldman, as a priest ready to eighty-six the wolfman with silver nail polish, can't liven up this humorless hogwash. And it's just sad to see the legendary Julie Christie stuck playing the grandmother.
  15. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 10, 2011
    25
    A lurid, loopy, utterly ludicrous enterprise.
  16. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Mar 10, 2011
    25
    According to legend, a silver bullet can kill a werewolf. Too bad it can't slay bad writing, without which the ill-conceived Red Riding Hood would not exist.
  17. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 9, 2011
    25
    A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.
  18. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 17, 2011
    20
    This Red Riding Hood loses sight of the forest for the trees on its way to Grandma's house.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 11, 2011
    20
    The amazingly awful dramatic thriller Red Riding Hood could, with tweaks, be enjoyably bad in a "Plan 9 From Outer Space" kind of way. Instead, it's M. Night Shyamalan-style bad, which means despite all the unintentional snickers, you feel trapped.
  20. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Mar 12, 2011
    10
    Was Red Riding Hood masterminded by a cadre of particularly silly 11-year-olds undergoing withdrawal from Twilight? That's the only excuse for a movie this dopey.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 10, 2011
    10
    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.
User Score
4.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 43
  2. Negative: 21 out of 43
  1. Mar 12, 2011
    0
    If you are a teenage girl that thinks the Twilight series is art and the best thing ever, or that the Justin Biber movie was great, then youIf you are a teenage girl that thinks the Twilight series is art and the best thing ever, or that the Justin Biber movie was great, then you may like this film. Otherwise, it is a steaming pile of werewolf poo. What a waste of time, with bad acting and bad CGI effects. Full Review »
  2. Mar 15, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I like it. Full Review »
  3. Mar 14, 2011
    3
    I'm one of those people that finds a way to like if not love 9 out of 10 movies. That said, RRH is that 1 out of 10: the Stinker...just aI'm one of those people that finds a way to like if not love 9 out of 10 movies. That said, RRH is that 1 out of 10: the Stinker...just a weird and stilted film that never finds its footing. One of the funkier things about the movie is that it has the trappings of a period piece where you expect the characters to have at least a little bit of British accent, but they all end up talking like your standard modern American (with the exception of Gary Oldman who overacts--or maybe it just seems likes he overacts b/c the other actors barely are acting). Visual, Design and Costumes were cool... especially RRH's deep red Hood/Cape contrasting with the cool colors. Bottom Line: Amanda Seyfried's beauty saves the movie from being a zero. Full Review »