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Red Lights

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Spain, USA

2012

Rated R • 1h 59m

Director Rodrigo Cortés

Starring Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen

Genre Thriller

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Two investigators of paranormal hoaxes, the veteran Dr. Margaret Matheson and her young assistant, Tom Buckley, study the most varied metaphysical phenomena with the aim of proving their fraudulent origins. Simon Silver, a legendary blind psychic, reappears after an enigmatic absence of 30 years to become the greatest international challenge to both orthodox science and professional sceptics. Tom starts to develop an intense obsession with Silver, whose magnetism becomes stronger with each new manifestation of inexplicable events. As Tom gets closer to Silver, tension mounts, and his worldview is threatened to its core.

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Variety by

Instead of adding to the experience, the picture's ill-conceived twists amount to a severe miscalculation on Cortes' part.
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The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

Before Silver hijacks the plot, Rodrigo Cortés's smart, talky screenplay and tense direction hold our attention, as much for the unpredictability of the story as the ease with which Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy slide into their roles.
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New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

A ghost-busting drama set in a world of mystics, mind-benders and various and sundry fake-psychic gobbledygook. But the weirdest thing is how all the fun gets lost in a bottom-drawer "X Files" story.
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Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Never do you sense an overriding intelligence; Cortés once found laughs and shocks within the coffin-confined Buried, but here's he's got too much room to wander into realms of the ridiculous.
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Time by Mary Pols

Red Lights reaches for a "The Sixth Sense"-style twist and whiffs it completely.
40

Village Voice by Nick Pinkerton

Much as I want to believe in Cortés, who is clearly talented and ambitious, there is just too much in Red Lights that encourages agnosticism.
42

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Red Lights' setup is silly but fun, with a fair degree of self-awareness that the film's entire "super-scientists vs. celebrity spiritualists" premise is a hoot.
25

Observer by Rex Reed

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

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