Red Dragon (2003) 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…
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Red Dragon (2003)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Apr 01, 2003; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins and Edward Norton; Distributor: Universal

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.

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #703 Apr 04, 2003 Order article reprints