Reds (1981)

This epic film focuses on the life of famed American communist John Reed. The film begins in 1915, when Reed makes the acquaintance of married Portland journalist Louise Bryant. So persuasive is Reed's point of view that Louise kicks… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 4, 1981
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Brawny in both intellect and scope, Reds is an intimate epic that captures the tumult of revolutionary change and the passion of those navigating through it.

Bob Thomas
Associated Press

Beatty gives the performance of his lifetime as the erratic, possessed Reed, and his grasp of the direction of an epic film is truly astonishing.

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Keith Uhlich
Reverse Shot

A left-leaning pretty boy's distended, black book ramblings.

Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

The wait is excruciating, but the final convergence of the leads' periodically disparate paths is emotionally overwhelming - in a good way.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

If no one will learn much about politics from this film, Beatty has nonetheless put the fire of two burning lives in it. There is plenty in it about the risks that commitment entails, but it is about commitment.

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Dan Callahan
Slant Magazine

Reds is finally just an appealingly conventional epic movie-star romance with radical trimmings, but it contains several sharper elements that suggest the colorful period it seeks to recreate.

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Larry Vitacco
Philadelphia Gay News

Given the impeccable production values, first-rate performances and epic proportions, the movie's just not as intriguing or involving as it should have been.

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Judith Martin
Washington Post

It is occasionally rambling and repetitious, but nearly always intelligent and engrossing.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As for Beatty, Reds is his bravura turn.

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Michael Lasky
Bay Area Reporter

Here is a three and one-half hour docudrama that is claustrophobically filled with ceaseless political rhetoric and mixed with a limp, unpersuasive love story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A gripping political epic of ambitious discussions (and with a splendid production design) about an idealistic journalist/activist who became an ardent… More
Jim Hunter
Reds is an epic political drama, and Beatty's passionate directing and acting are fun to watch. The fact that Beatty was able to make this film in the 80s… More
Chris Weber
This epic historical political romantic drama biopic proved to be a real labor of love for Warren Beatty, who served as co-writer, producer, director, and star.… More
Devon Bott
Warren Beatty wrote, directed and stars in this biopic of John Reed, a journalist who became entrenched in Russia's communist revolution and also helped… More
Wildaly M
This was quite a long movie but the story being told got better and better.
Reid Volk
Very grand in scope. In fact, so grand in scope that I lose focus of what it is really trying to say. It is a romance film set against the backdrop of the… More