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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Mar 22, 2012
    88
    Unapologetically brutal and unencumbered by much plot, Raid is the year's most turbo-charged film.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 22, 2012
    90
    It's exhausting, exhilarating, riveting stuff that fans of high-octane filmmaking should not miss.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 239 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 75
  2. Negative: 4 out of 75
  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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