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Red Riding Hood (12A)

Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The critical consensus

Ultimately, though, it's the seriousness with which Hardwicke treats the tale that proves its undoing.

**(*)(*)(*)Catherine Shoard, The Guardian, 07/04/2011

Oldman and Seyfried prove to be the big attractions, but Hardwicke’s Riding Hood legend still lacks bite.

***(*)(*)William Thomas, Empire Online, 11/04/2011

Not the fright-flick it purports to be, Red Riding Hood is nonetheless an enjoyably loopy teen-angst romp that will enthrall brooding teenage goths and their camp-loving parents, as well.

***(*)(*)Ken McIntyre, Total Film, 11/04/2011

A lackluster tale of star-crossed lovers and a whodunit of staggering mediocrity.

**(*)(*)(*)Leo Robson, Financial Times, 13/04/2011

A teen audience may find Red Riding Hood too tame, while older audiences will consider it gauche.

**(*)(*)(*)Alison Rowat, The Herald, 14/04/2011

Red Riding Hood should be campily entertaining but somehow isn’t, because Hardwicke becomes a more complacent stylist with each successive movie, and the whodunit twists are right out of Scooby-Doo.

**(*)(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 14/04/2011

Gary Oldman at least raises a giggle when he turns up as a priest with the only European accent in the movie, but even he can’t make up for the flatlining acting from a cast that would be far more at home in a Californian teen soap.

**(*)(*)(*)Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 15/04/2011

A grandma, what a big turkey you're in!

Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 15/04/2011

Entertaining but only partially successful.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 15/04/2011

Unless you're a bored teenager with spare pocket money this Easter, your time would be better spent visiting your actual granny than chumming Red Riding Hood through the forest to see hers.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Danny Scott, The Skinny, 15/04/2011

The only reason for this film is a blatant attempt to cash-in on the Twilight series.

**(*)(*)(*)Daily Record, 15/04/2011

The resulting mishmash is a boring mess, neither scary nor sexy enough to justify its innovations.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 16/04/2011

The village in Red Riding Hood has all the eerie forest atmosphere of a theme park dedicated to the Smurfs. The leading men may be wooden, but the ubiquitous log cabins look plastic.

Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 17/04/2011

Features about Red Riding Hood (12A)

'We put the sexual symbolism back into Red Riding Hood'

Will Lawrence, The Herald, 04/04/2011

Amanda Seyfried: My, what big eyes you've got

Will Lawrence, The Telegraph, 08/04/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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