Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood
Red Riding Hood
  • PG-13
  • 1h 40m
  • 2011
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Venturing from vampires to the world of werewolves, Catherine Hardwicke, the acclaimed independent director of the original Twilight tackles a Gothic reimagining of the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale. Originally published by the Brothers Grimm in the 19th century, this medieval-set adaptation centers on a teenaged girl (Big Love's Amanda Seyfried) who finds herself in deathly straits when her village sets out to hunt the werewolf that terrorizes it every full moon. A pet project of producer Leonardo DiCaprio, the romantic thriller, adapted by David Leslie Johnson (Orphan), features a teenage love triangle, a setting both sexy and scary, and a stellar cast that includes The Dark Knight's Gary Oldman, Inception's Lukas Haas, Jericho's Shiloh Fernandez, Oscar® nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Oscar® winner Julie Christie (Finding Neverland).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script.
Leonard Maltin

Have you had questions about the motivations of the wolf, or suspicions about Grandma? Have you po...

June 22, 2017
London Evening Standard
David Sexton

The heart of the teenage girl may well be a dark forest - but never one quite so naff as this.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Simon Jablonski

Is this supposed to be funny?

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Trevor Johnston

Yes, there's enough connection with the source's underlying issues of repression and desire to giv...

June 22, 2017
Catherine Shoard

It's the seriousness with which Hardwicke treats the tale that proves its undoing.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Twilight-esque fairy-tale thriller mixes sexuality, horror.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this teen twist on Little Red Riding Hood from Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is a romance-and-horror mix that's not for young kids. While there are no overt love scenes, there are several scenes of the main couple kissing, groping, and breathing heavily in each other's presence; at one point, the lead boy is about to undress his girl but is interrupted. But the sexuality pales in comparison with the violence, which is frequent and disturbing and features dismembered limbs, torture, and a high body count. What's more, the movie's overall message of "love conquers all" is buried beneath the dangerous-for-teens idea that if you love someone, you should be willing to leave your family and home to be with them.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Fantasy
  • Release Date:March 11, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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