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Red Lights

13rdp_red_span-thumbstandard Professor Margaret Matheson and her assistant, Tom Buckley, set out to debunk claims of paranormal activity. During their investigation, a legendary psychic comes out of retirement, and Buckley becomes obsessed with proving he's a fraud.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
NYT Review
“Red Lights" stars Robert De Niro as a blind psychic, and Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy as skeptical scientists who investigate paranormal events. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 29%
Critics' score: 29   Audience score: 36   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A clever thriller, bolstered by three great performances. full review

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

The film doesn't offer the sense of release, or of surprise, that it seems to take for granted. full review

Adam Litovitz, Globe and Mail

By strict definition, any movie featuring Robert De Niro as a spoon-bending clairvoyant superstar ought to hold a few cards up its sleeve. full review

Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle

A lot of talent comes up empty in "Red Lights," a thriller that doesn't thrill. full review

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

With the sort of last-minute plot twist that sank M. Night Shyamalan's career, Red Lights comes to an unexpected, risible end. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

One of the worst movies of this or any other year. full review

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com

Cortes made "Buried," which means he has more good work to offer. Better luck next film. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

For its first two acts, the movie had me in its grip. Then it comes apart. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Red Lights culminates with a twist ending that doesn't just change everything that came previously, it actually negates the entirety of the film. full review

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

How did a cast like this sign on for a movie like this? full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

One of the most preposterous and incoherent films of 2012... full review

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

It's not so much the narrative sleight-of-hand that is irksome, as the implication that there may have been a better movie lurking in there the whole time. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

Someone should have stopped Red Lights. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

They should have known that a levitating De Niro was simply a seance too far. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Cortes continues to challenge magical thinking, but ultimately submits to it. The only mystery is which of the characters will turn the screw of the twist ending. full review

Red Lights goes astray on so many levels that I gave up trying to figure it out before the end of the second reel. full review

Rex Reed, New York Observer

Bogs down in its middle acts, losing track of the epic struggle it sets up, but rallies for a fine finale that most won't guess until it shows up full review

Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This half-clever mess of a thriller, Red Lights, gets some mileage out of its novel premise. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Red Lights reaches for a The Sixth Sense-style twist and whiffs it completely. full review

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine

This movie boasts a few lurid, gothic shocks and culminates in a startling outburst of violence, but it's got nothing to say (beyond the repeated insistence that it's got many dark and troubling things to say). full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
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