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Red State (2011)

HD   R Closed Captioning

Kevin Smith

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About the Movie

After receiving an online invitation for sex from a mysterious woman (Academy Award winner Melissa Leo*) three teenaged boys head to the town of Cooper’s Dell. But instead of enjoying the night of their dreams, the teens are plunged into the nightmarish world of Abin Cooper (Michael Parks), a fundamentalist preacher with a deadly moral agenda. As the boys suffer unthinkable horrors inside the preacher’s compound, a military task force is mobilized. With Cooper’s Dell teetering between salvation and damnation, the task force’s leader (John Goodman) braces for furious battle with Cooper and his heavily armed followers in this fever-pitched action thriller from writer-director Kevin Smith (CHASING AMY). *2010 Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Fighter

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 87
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 35
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Sep 22, 2011

Rotten: Calculated to outrage and executed to underwhelm, Kevin Smith's Red State is like a dull blade slashing wildly, predictably and ineffectually at its target. – Justin Chang, Variety, Dec 13, 2011

Fresh: It's a charming if conspicuously unfinished film, a half-riotous, half-idiotic send-up of the teen horror genre with a vaguely hip political twist. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Oct 20, 2011

Fresh: Kevin Smith's best film ever? If it's not, it's damn close. And if you don't know who Kevin Smith is, don't worry: this film's a blast, Smith fan or no. – Film4, Oct 12, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Red State will make you believe in Kevin Smith!

I had the privilege to see Red State in March 2011 with the writer/director/editor along with some of the cast. This movie is a total thrill ride with surprises at every turn! Michael Parks delivers a chilling and unforgettable monologue that would make any sinner run from the Coopers Dell church. Fear God!!!



Red State is awesome.

Words cannot describe the awesomeness of this movie. Michael Parks is the new Darth Vader. He deserves to win every Oscar this year, even the ones that aren't meant for people to win. John Goodman is awesome as usual, but with additional doses of incredible. This movie is Earth-shattering and should be treated like a gift sent down from heaven by The Metatron to us mere mortals, we can chose to shy away in fear or bask in the golden showers of eternal Red State glory.

Red State (2011)
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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2011

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