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Red Road

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United Kingdom, Denmark
·
2006

1h 53m

Director Andrea Arnold
Starring Kate Dickie, Tony Curran, Martin Compston, Natalie Press

Genre Drama, Thriller

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Jackie is a CCTV operator. Each day, she watches over a small part of the world, protecting the people living their lives under her gaze. One day, a man shows his face on her monitor, a man she thought she would never see again, a man she hoped never to see again. Now she has no choice and is compelled to confront him.

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Variety by

Sensual, dark in every sense, but a touch derivative, Red Road reps an impressive feature debut for Brit writer-helmer Andrea Arnold, an Oscar-winner for her knockout short "Wasp."
70

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

In the arresting Red Road, the dire Orwellian warning that Big Brother is watching has evolved from a grim fantasy of totalitarianism into a banal fact of life.
80

Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It's still dynamite, the kind of sexy, paranoid, creepily atmospheric picture that invades all your senses at once.
70

Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Despite the thick Scottish accents, filmmaker Andrea Arnold kept me intrigued, but beyond a certain point the movie's ambiguity fades into indifference.
88

TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Academy Award-winning live-action-short director Andrea Arnold makes a startlingly assured debut with this low-key psychological chiller.
67

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

As long as Arnold can avoid giving any reason for Dickie's strange behavior, Red Road remains creepy and hypnotic, but as soon as Arnold explains what's going on, the movie's structure collapses into the rubble of cliché.
75

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Dickie is intense in her screen debut, which requires her to be in nearly every scene. The supporting cast is strong, and Robbie Ryan's handheld camera provides gritty ambiance for this taut thriller.

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