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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: 16 out of 42
  2. Negative: 21 out of 42
  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. Mar 14, 2011
    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. Expand
  5. Mar 29, 2012
    I remember when I watch the trailer of Red Riding Hood, I think, a new twilight, but with other characters?, really?, after I watch the movie, and I say: This is a new Twilight version but with other characters, terrible, is ugly, a disaster. All this words be the better to describe Red Riding Hood. The cast is very regular, Amanda Seyfried not is a great actress, but have her moments, but in Riding Hood, no, is horrible, with a same face of Stewart on Twilight, and the rest of the cast, really? have a horrible performances, and do a boring movie. Now the screenplay, have good intentions, but really? the father is the wolf? what happen?, is a terrible idea. Now do this classic tale like a horror film, or poor intent or horror movie is bad. I think that the movie have some good (but no excellent effects), the screenplay terrible, horrible performances, and the final do of Red Riding Hood one of the worst films of the last year. Expand
  6. Dec 21, 2011
    You should watch it and expect to like it because of its premise Who is the Wolf but really besides Amanda Seyfried's amazing a just hot performance it is a waste of time and ends up being completely stupid. I give this movie 14%. 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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