Movie Reviews: Dredd 3d

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Critics are assuring their readers that it's OK to enter theaters showing Dredd 3D with low expectations -- particularly if they already have seen the flop that Sylvester Stallone created out of the graphic-novel character. Indeed, comments Sean O'Connell in the Washington Post, the new Dredd proves far superior to the corny misfire attempted by Sylvester Stallone back in 1995. That's the judgment of most critics. Don't think about it too much, advises Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle, who describes the movie as a B-movie success -- and the rare superhero film that revels in its carnage instead of stifling it for a PG-13 rating. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal recommends that viewers look past the film's violence. What's exceptional, he writes, is the orchestration of color, form, light and dark (lots of dark), 3-D technology and digital effects into a look that amounts to a vision. And David Hiltbrand sums up tersely in the Philadelphia Inquirer, It's an instant classic. That's not the way several other top critics see it, however. Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times calls it clunk-headed. Manohla Dargis in The New York Times regards it as grim, gory and devoid of pleasure. And Kyle Smith concludes in the New York Post: All I wanted to do was escape from this aggressively ugly world and its equally unattractive characters. It's not that the movie is in bad taste or cheesy (though it is) but that all of its hyperviolence adds up to nothing: This thing is dedd.


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