Red Riding: 1974 Reviews

August 5, 2019
Beautifully directed by Jarrold, 1974 is a haunting and frightening portrait of a man willing to find the answers at all costs that approaches Zodiac in its quality.
January 28, 2011
It envisions Yorkshire as a bleak and ugly place, where violence is just as commonplace as Yorkshire pudding.
September 9, 2010
Cigarettes, leather jackets, bell-bottoms, and dollops of pop music establish the socially agreed upon distractions of the particular bygone time: just a few ways of avoiding ugly truths. [Blu-ray]
April 16, 2010
With its muted colors but unmuted violence, it's similar texturally to David Fincher's superb Zodiac, about another 70s serial killer. It's also just as disturbing.
March 19, 2010
The Red Riding films all come across as great, gritty tales of police corruption and human failing, but it's the first film that has the most impact, mainly because the young reporter Dunford is such a mix of romantic notions.
March 19, 2010
This is a noir, the kind where the good-for-nothing gumshoe (here, an investigative reporter) has a habit of getting his face bashed in, usually on account of a girl.
March 11, 2010
Each film is enriched by collective detail, but it would have been richer had they played off each other rather than extending the argument.
March 10, 2010
A well-made, expertly performed mystery with the added bonus that there are two more films to watch when this one's over.
February 25, 2010
It is effective at setting the stage, introducing some of the characters, and capturing the attention of those who love gritty, uncompromising dramas about police corruption and the dark side of human nature.
February 17, 2010
...the only one of the films [of the trilogy] which can really stand on its own artistically...
February 3, 2010
The tenets of crime cinema are well taken care of in 1974, which sets a specifically chest-tightening tone of anxiety and futility that makes the next two pictures (1980 and 1983) impossible to miss.
January 19, 2010
Tightly helmed by Julian Jarrold (Kinky Boots) . . . (and) beautifully shot, with some sensational acting turns -- especially by Rebecca Hall as one of the victims' mothers.