Kevin Smith‘s new film, Red State, premiered at the Sunday Film Festival Sunday night. Now the reviews are in and they aren’t looking good.
According to MTV News, the Red State reviews have been pretty critical of Kevin’s work.
Playlist’s James Rocchi wrote (via MTV News), “Red State goes from Psycho to Westboro to Waco, changing points-of-view and tone with an abandon some will find invigorating and others will find irritating. I’m glad Kevin Smith wants to make movies that aren’t comedies; it’s too bad he felt he had to make all of them at once.”
And Erik Davis of Cinematical wrote, “The problem with Red State, though, is that all the politics, preaching and gotta-slide-them-in-there sex jokes sort of overwhelm the movie to the point that it feels scattered and a little unfocused. Not that there aren’t moments that completely paralyze you, but unfortunately those moments become hard to hear and recognize over all the loud, obnoxious gunfire.”
Kevin’s film was reportedly expected to be a horror film, but didn’t deliver as one according to critics. The director was also expected to auction off his film, but instead bought it himself for $20. Kevin reportedly said he’d distribute it with his production company, SModcast, and take the film around the country on a month-long tour and then play the film in theaters beginning Oct. 19.
But critics weren’t happy with this idea either.
Drew McWeeny of HitFix wrote, “I truly believe Red State the movie is a failure on almost every level” and that “Smith doesn’t even seem to try.”
But McWeeny expects Kevin’s loyal fans to still go see the film and that may especially be true since the director also announced at Sundance that his next film Hit Somebody, will be his last.