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Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1983

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United Kingdom

2009

1h 40m

Director Anand Tucker

Starring David Morrissey, Lisa Howard, Chris Walker, Shaun Dooley

Genre Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery

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Nine years on, another Morley child has gone missing on her way home from school. Detective Chief Superintendent Maurice Jobson is forced to remember the very similar disappearance of another child in 1974, and the subsequent imprisonment of a local boy for the crime. Washed-up solicitor John Piggott becomes convinced of the boy's innocence and begins to fight on his behalf.

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Village Voice by

The fact that the films hang together at the brink of incoherence is a credit to the assembled acting talent. Rebecca Hall and Maxine Peake deserve note, oases in this nasty, masculine world.
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Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

Of course the films and the books each have to stand on their own, but Grisoni's stripped-down narrative definitely offers advantages, throwing some of the story's archetypal themes into sharper relief.
100

New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

These three films (adapted from David Peace's novels by different directors), each a singularly gripping work, together form a towering and emotionally complex achievement.
60

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

This is meat-and-potatoes genre work, certainly superior to a Hollywood product like "Edge of Darkness," but not by much.
83

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Red Riding’s depiction of the avarice and corruption possible when regions become kingdoms unto themselves feels simultaneously cynical and true.
100

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

The powerfully disturbing Red Riding trilogy will haunt you waking and sleeping, night and day. If you survive the watching of it, that is, which is no easy thing.
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The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

The Red Riding trilogy looks fine blown up on the big screen, though it’s easier to watch at home, where the remote offers fast relief from a grim fiction that, with its murky palette and unyielding cruelty, serves up a nihilistic vision that is unyielding, hermetic, unpersuasive and finally self-indulgent.
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New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Direction of all three films is no more than workmanlike, which isn't surprising since they were originally made for British television. The acting, on the other hand, is sometimes superb.

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