(2002)

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88
Chicago Sun-Times
To my surprise, Ratner does a sure, stylish job, appreciating the droll humor of Lecter's predicament, creating a depraved new villain in the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes), and using the quiet, intense skills of Norton to create a character whose old fears feed into his new ones. There is also humor, of the uneasy he-can't-get-away-with-this variety, in the character of a nosy scandal-sheet reporter (Philip Seymour Hoffman).
75
New York Daily News
I quibble over a film that has none of the artistic pretensions of "The Silence of the Lambs." This is more of a greatest-hits Hannibal movie, with a thunderingly portentous soundtrack, lots of mugging and autopsy detail, and a bang-up double ending.
75
Red Dragon is very much a product, and a superior one, of our times. So is Anthony Hopkins' top-notch fiend, the bad doctor.
75
The most refreshing aspect of Red Dragon is its reliance on old-fashioned acting instead of computer-aided gizmos. Hopkins overdoes his role at times -- his vocal tones are almost campy -- but his piercing eyes are as menacing as ever, and Ralph Fiennes is scarily good as his fellow lunatic.
75
Miami Herald
Ratner is canny enough to close the movie with a devilish tease that will send the Lambs faithful out with a delirious smile. What Red Dragon won't do is haunt your nightmares. Who could have guessed Hannibal Lecter would ever become such a crack-up?
75
New York Post
It's frightening enough, to be sure, but too often it feels like a well-executed but rote exercise.
67
Entertainment Weekly
A thriller made from a completist's checklist rather than with a cultist's passion.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
For all its brilliant touches, Dragon loses its fire midway, nearly flickering out by its perfunctory conclusion.
50
Suffers from franchise fatigue. Its rote suspense is strictly a business proposition.
50
In Hollywood, where integrity is rapidly consumed and careers defined by market value, there's trash and there's trash with a pedigree.
40
Wall Street Journal
I say don't bite unless your taste runs to thin gruel, and grueling gruel at that.

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