Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Simon Crook
    May 14, 2012
    100
    Remember your first time with Hard Boiled? Die Hard? This is how it's done - a clean, hard, constant hit of adrenalin. If it's not the best action movie of the year, we'll eat a fridge.
  2. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 24, 2012
    100
    Once the action starts - and it starts very quickly - The Raid is relentless, breathtaking in its sheer propulsive majesty. But it's also shot through with moments of bleak poetry amid the carnage.
  3. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 20, 2012
    100
    There are moments when The Raid: Redemption doesn't feel like an action movie so much as pure action itself, delivered in strong, undiluted doses and with the sort of creative one-upmanship capable of rejuvenating a stale, seen-it-all genre.
  4. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Mar 29, 2012
    91
    This is the sort of film for which the phrase 'movie-movie' was coined -- and coined as a term of highest praise.
  5. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Mar 24, 2012
    91
    Extraordinary stunt and fight work and nonstop excitement, but a warning to those who are at all squeamish: this may be the most violent movie I've ever seen.
  6. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 21, 2012
    91
    American action movies are almost entirely defined by cutaways, blaring music cues and grunts. The Raid: Redemption, a hyper-energetic Indonesian martial arts movie, delivers an effective rebuke to that meek norm. Bones break, blood flows and swift, excessively complicated fight choreography puts virtually everything released in North America since "The Bourne Ultimatum" to instant shame.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 22, 2012
    90
    It offers some of the best Asian martial-arts choreography of recent years and an electric, claustrophobic puzzle-palace atmosphere that'll leave you wrung out and buzzed.
  8. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 22, 2012
    90
    It's exhausting, exhilarating, riveting stuff that fans of high-octane filmmaking should not miss.
  9. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 29, 2012
    88
    Poised at the midway point between an ultraviolent video game and a neo-classic dance musical. As midnight-movie mash-ups go, it's pretty amazing.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Mar 22, 2012
    88
    Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 11, 2012
    83
    Remember that ultra-violent scene in "Old Boy" when the dude plowed through a subway platform of bad guys and was the only one left standing? Multiply it by four or five and that's The Raid: Redemption.
  12. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Mar 21, 2012
    83
    Gareth Evans' Indonesian martial-arts throwback The Raid: Redemption has a look and feel that resembles the best of '80s cult action movies: half John Carpenter, half John Woo.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 27, 2012
    80
    An orgiastic barrage of violence, The Raid: Redemption is, at least in its finest moments, one of the most breathless, blistering action movies in recent memory.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Arguably the most dynamic Asian action film since the 1990s peaks of John Woo and Tsui Hark, The Raid: Redemption works as sheer gladiatorial ballet.
  15. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Mar 20, 2012
    80
    Lean, fast-moving, and filled with game-changing fight sequences that have a brutally beautiful (or beautifully brutal) quality, Gareth Evans's Indonesian martial-arts film The Raid: Redemption lives up to its viral hype.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Feb 28, 2012
    80
    Taking the genre to a higher level of intensity, the Welsh-born Evans continues what he started in previous Indonesia-set actioner "Merantau," but this picture will seal his cult status.
  17. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 8, 2012
    75
    When it comes to The Raid: Redemption, there are no pretentions. Pure and simple, this is about violence. As we used to say, "kickin' ass and takin' names."
  18. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Mar 23, 2012
    75
    Plot, characterization and dialogue are merely the frame here for the real goods, an immersion into the Indonesian martial arts form known as silat.
  19. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 23, 2012
    75
    The action is brutal, bloody and virtually nonstop in this adrenaline-packed riff on "Assault on Precinct 13.''
  20. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Mar 22, 2012
    75
    Iko Uwais is not exactly a household name, but the Indonesian heartthrob appears to be well on his way with The Raid: Redemption, a clever, action-packed film that showcases his movie-star looks, low-key charisma and breathtaking martial arts skills.
  21. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 22, 2012
    75
    There's a sliver of a plot to The Raid, but it's really not worth going over -- when the characters pause to talk, which is rare, it does tend to kill the film's momentum.
  22. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Apr 11, 2012
    70
    If you like martial-arts films, it's well worth your while, a non-stop orgy of brilliantly choreographed fight scenes. Eventually it's all too much, a blur of fists, blades and snapped bones that run together. Still, it's a wild ride.
  23. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 21, 2012
    67
    I do wish that Evans were a better storyteller. When he isn't turning mad-dog violence into visual rock & roll, The Raid shreds narrative coherence to ribbons.
  24. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 13, 2012
    63
    Built on shaky and blood-soaked ground, but if towering technique is all you want from an action movie, then yippee-ki-yay.
  25. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 22, 2012
    63
    The Raid is maniacal in its pacing and assault tactics. It's also, absurdly, rated R. Fantastic. I love that a film this gory secured the same Motion Picture Association of America rating as "The King's Speech."
  26. Reviewed by: Jaime N. Christley
    Mar 17, 2012
    63
    This mostly no-nonsense, floor-by-floor ass-kicking panorama is admirably humble.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 14, 2012
    60
    This is a movie to be experienced on a more visceral level. As long as you don't expect anything more, you won't be disappointed.
  28. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 22, 2012
    60
    The special effects here are wiry martial artists grunting their way through fight after fight. It's exhausting but exhilarating.
  29. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 28, 2012
    50
    The Raid: Redemption definitely delivers everything that international action fans want. The question I have is whether the laws of supply and demand are adequate tools for evaluating a movie's worth.
  30. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 22, 2012
    30
    The mousetrap setup and tight fight spaces, the bad blood and cruel deaths - soon makes the movie grindingly monotonous, a blur of thudding body blows.
  31. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 21, 2012
    25
    This film is about violence. All violence. Wall-to-wall violence. Against many of those walls, heads are pounded again and again into a pulpy mass. If I estimated the film has 10 minutes of dialogue, that would be generous.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 231 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 73
  2. Negative: 4 out of 73
  1. May 15, 2012
    10
    Its amazing some of the best martial arts I have ever seen great movie a must see for action and fight fans.
    Non stop action pretty straight
    forward story left the cinema buzzing. Full Review »
  2. Mar 25, 2012
    10
    The Raid puts most Western action movies to shame for its sheer energy and and uncompromising fight scenes. It's a frenetic, gritty, brutal, stylish action flick that grabs you from the first minute and doesn't let up till the final frame. Although the plot is about a SWAT team storming a slum apartment block to arrest a gangland boss, it's peppered with Indonesian silat martial art scenes that are breathtaking for their speed, style and creativity -- as well as their brutality. They're some of the most bruising and high-octane punch-ups ever filmed, performed with amazing flair by a host of Indonesian martial artists, including Iko Uwais, the telegenic lead and Yayan Ruhian, the oh-so-evil "Mad Dog", who at times exudes an almost demonic, monster-like quality. The camera is kept so close to the action that you feel you're in the thick of the action at all times and the film never lets you off the hook. It's very violent but I don't think it glamorizes violence in the same way as many films of this genre do. The heroes suffer. They would rather not be there. They don't make jokes after killing people -- killing is not fun but a necessary evil.

    The gangland boss, played Ray Sahetapy, is also worthy of a special mention. He's not your stereotypical baddy, but an aloof, menacing, strangely quiet villain who's devoid of empathy and capable of the most awful atrocity at any moment. Truly scary, and truly new in an Indonesian movie.

    This is a truly world-class movie and by far the best Indonesian action film I have ever seen. It truly deserves its high score on Metacritic, and is a must-see for all action buffs.
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  3. Mar 29, 2012
    5
    The good of this film is just about action and editing. But the story is very poor and weak. Many plot holes in this movie. Is that bad SWAT team from Indonesia? Oh, please.
    I hope the sequel is better than this one.
    I'm Indonesian and I'm not proud with this movie. Maybe I have higher expectation: Someday there is a movie is better than my last favorite Indonesian movie: Laskar Pelangi. Maybe!
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