Red Notice (2021)

Red Notice is a 2021 action comedy film written, directed, and produced by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Dwayne Johnson, who also served as a producer, stars as an FBI agent who reluctantly teams up with a renowned art thief (Ryan Reynolds) in order to catch an even more notorious criminal (Gal Gadot).

Two sequels are in development and will be filmed back-to-back with Johnson, Reynolds, Gadot, and Thurber expected to return.

‘Red Notice’ Cast and Characters

  • Dwayne Johnson as John Hartley
  • Ryan Reynolds as Nolan Booth
  • Gal Gadot as Sarah Black / The Bishop
  • Chris Diamantopoulos as Sotto Voce
  • Ritu Arya as Inspector Urvashi Das
  • Ivan Mbakop as Tambwe
  • Vincenzo Amato as Director Gallo
  • Rafael Petardi as Security Chief Ricci
  • Brenna Marie Narayan as Cleopatra


Movie info

In the world of international crime, an Interpol agent attempts to hunt down and capture the world’s most wanted art thief.

  • Rating: PG-13 (Strong Language | Some Sexual References | Violence and Action)
  • Genre: Action, Comedy
  • Original Language: English
  • Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Producer: Hiram Garcia, Dany Garcia, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Beau Flynn, Dwayne Johnson
  • Writer: Rawson Marshall Thurber
  • Release Date (Theaters): Nov 5, 2021  Limited
  • Release Date (Streaming): Nov 12, 2021
  • Runtime: 1h 57m
  • Distributor: Netflix

Critic reviews for Red Notice

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 37% of 166 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.8/10.

On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100, based on 38 critics, indicating “generally unfavorable reviews.”

As mindless entertainment built on silly jokes, a thin plot, visual effects and window dressing, Red Notice is a 117-minute distraction, easily forgotten in half that time. Full Review

Udita Jhunjhunwala –

I watched this 117-minute movie on a rainy afternoon and it was just about perfect for the time and place. The final scene suggests a sequel. I hope it happens. Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Stephen Romei – The Australian

There’s turn off your brain and enjoy movies, and then there’s this. Full Review

Kristy Puchko –Mashable

If the director and actors don’t seem engaged in trying to make a movie that does anything but hit a bunch of buddy comedy marks, there’s no reason for an audience to bother. Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

Robert Levin – Newsday

Red Notice is limp and dull, and does more to showcase the shortcomings of each of its marquee idols than it does to highlight their bankable charisma. Full Review

Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair

The problem is that this movie is built on nothing but making references to its influences. Full Review

Amy Nicholson – FilmWeek (KPCC – NPR Los Angeles)

Like the plot of the film itself, none of the many bullets that whizz around ever seem to find their targets. Full Review

Adam Mullins-Khatib – Chicago Reader

Red Notice is not a movie. It is a $200 million existential crisis in light. Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Scott Tobias – The Reveal

To describe Red Notice as a whole lot of nothing could be understood as praise, up to a point. By design, there are no ideas worth mentioning in Rawson Michael Thurber’s strenuously breezy caper. Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

Jake Wilson – The Age (Australia)

There’s something incredibly deflating about all of this, from the waste of precious screen-talent resources to the sense that you’re watching the last gasp of an age-old formula. It is like staring at a bright, shiny epitaph for two hours. Full Review

David Fear – Rolling Stone

When the story winks at Raiders of the Lost Ark, the effect is to remind you of other, older spectaculars made in better faith. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Danny Leigh – Financial Times

Uninterested in world building or creating any sense of stakes, “Red Notice” is merely an expensive brandishing of star power – only the stars haven’t got it in them. Full Review

Beatrice Loayza – New York Times

You can have The Rock, Wonder Woman, and Deadpool, but it doesn’t mean much if they don’t have clever things to say and meaningful things to do. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

James Berardinelli – ReelViews

Johnson is one of the few stars who actually gets expensive, original action films made, but of late he’s tended toward disappointingly safe material. Red Notice is his most generic effort yet. Full Review

David Sims – The Atlantic

I gave Red Notice my full attention, and all it gave me back was a headache. As far as I’m concerned that says it all. Full Review | Original Score: 1/4

Sara Michelle Fetters –

Reportedly the most expensive Netflix original production to date, Red Notice would have benefited if some of its $200m budget had been spent on untangling the screenplay. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Wendy Ide – Observer (UK)

The three megastars carry the entire film on their shoulders and end up buried alive under the weight of it all. Full Review

Valerie Complex – Deadline Hollywood Daily

Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds are barely acting in this over-the-top action movie. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times

Red Notice embraces a typical banter-chase-banter-fight-banter-explosion formula, and its script is split evenly between Reynolds smart-assery and functional exposition. Full Review

Nick Schager – The Daily Beast

It’s a series of set pieces flimsily bolted together with Reynolds doing the Reynolds thing, Johnson doing the Johnson thing, and Gadot doing the Gadot thing. Full Review

Richard Whittaker – Austin Chronicle

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