Phil Fisk
Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 18, 2010 AT 05:00 AM EST

Red Riding Trilogy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
300 minutes
performer
Paddy Considine, Rebecca Hall, Andrew Garfield
director
Julian Jarrold, James Marsh, Anand Tucker
author
Tony Grisoni
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

The subject of the Red Riding Trilogy, taken from headline-based crime novels by David Peace, is tough: grisly serial killings between 1974 and 1983 in Yorkshire, England, and cover-ups by those who should be on the side of justice. The execution is thrilling: three different directors (including Man on Wire‘s James Marsh), three different visual styles, and a great cast of seasoned character actors. Each episode (originally made for British TV) works by itself, but there’s a real payoff in following all three. (Nothing matches The Wire, but this holds its own.) Available, luckily, on cable via on demand. A-

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