Bruce Fretts
April 04, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Red Dragon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
126 minutes
Wide Release Date
10/04/02
performer
Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Harvey Keitel, Mary-Louise Parker, Emily Watson
director
Brett Ratner
distributor
Universal
author
Ted Tally
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

Let’s pretend for a moment that Michael Mann didn’t already brilliantly adapt Thomas Harris’ original Hannibal Lecter novel as 1986’s ”Manhunter.” If that were the case, Brett Ratner’s rote take on Red Dragon, in which retired FBI agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) consults the imprisoned Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for help in capturing a serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes), would seem like a well-acted, smoothly shot thriller. But Mann did make ”Manhunter” — and its existence reveals ”Red” as a well-acted, smoothly shot work of cinematic cannibalism.

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