Red State

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Released 2011

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Director:
Kevin Smith
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
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

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  • 60

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Red State is cleverly contrarian enough to get a rise out of almost any audience.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    For all its boisterous profanity and splattery violence, the film is more of a weary sigh than a sputtering volley of indignation.

  • 40

    Variety Justin Chang

    This sloppily constructed horror-thriller lacks the satirical bite and action chops to skewer extreme-right-wing zealots with the gusto Smith clearly feels they deserve, instead ev...

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