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: William Thomas
    Apr 11, 2011
    60
    Oldman and Seyfried prove to be the big attractions, but Hardwicke's Riding Hood legend still lacks bite.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Catherine Hardwicke's prettified movie is a strange adaptation because it supplants the woodsy horror of the original fairy tale with two new elements: a romantic triangle and a witch hunt.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    The best that can be said is that the production design is striking. Otherwise, it's a foolish story, marred by a strange blend of overacting and bland, offhand performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Seyfried's a good actress, but all the art direction in the world can't make this version of events the stuff either of dreams or of nightmares.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Gorgeously shot, smartly conceived, cleverly cast, badly executed - the lush medieval beauty here is at best only skin deep.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    Seyfried holds the camera's attention, playing this storybook business pretty much straight, although David Leslie Johnson's script puts the actress sorely to the test.
  8. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 10, 2011
    50
    At least the werewolves in Red Riding Hood have teeth and, when in human form, they don't parade around shirtless.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 12, 2011
    42
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 10, 2011
    42
    The main difference is that while the "Twilight" films strive for straight-faced grimness, Red Riding Hood often verges on outright florid hilarity. It isn't laughing at itself, but that needn't stop the audience.
  11. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 11, 2011
    40
    It's strange and stupid and half-compelling and sometimes beautiful.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 10, 2011
    40
    The highlight, though, is Julie Christie as Grandma, whose GILFy gorgeousness (especially in the "better to eat you with" scene) is the only thing in this overblown campfest with real teeth.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Mar 9, 2011
    40
    Intermittently enjoyable hokum at best.
  14. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Mar 9, 2011
    40
    Hardwicke shows a strong grasp at epic fantasy with Red Riding Hood; her nemesis is not a man-eating wolf but an unsurprising script.
  15. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 9, 2011
    40
    There is a sort of unintentional campy fun to be had in places. Just don't go in expecting much, in other words, and perhaps you'll live happily ever after.
  16. 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.
  17. 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."
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 10, 2011
    38
    A laughably inept series of adolescent poses trying to pass itself off as a movie.
  19. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 10, 2011
    38
    Far more grim than "Grimm," and not nearly as much fun as it should have been.
  20. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 10, 2011
    35
    Aside from a few arresting visuals, Red Riding Hood is just a slog through the woods.
  21. 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).
  22. 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]
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Mar 9, 2011
    30
    RRH veers between monotonous, soapy seriousness and camp.
  26. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 11, 2011
    25
    Ugly, dull, bloodless, dumb, and phony to its core.
  27. 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?
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 10, 2011
    25
    A lurid, loopy, utterly ludicrous enterprise.
  31. 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.
  32. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 9, 2011
    25
    A timid new take on the old fairy tale, and it's pretty grim.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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 125 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 42
  2. Negative: 21 out of 42
  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 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 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 »