The Grade Book: “Dredd 3D”

Dredd 3D

Plot: In the future, a cop teams up with a trainee to take down a violent gang that creates mind-altering drugs.

Director: Pete Travis.  

Writer: Alex Garland.

Cast: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Wood Harris, and Lena Headey. 

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi.

Running Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.



SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Dredd 3D is packed with B-movie ingredients, wry humor, and vivid violence, making for a great time for action fans. The use of slow-motion and Karl Urban’s performance are standouts. 


  • Joe Cauwel:

Grade: B+

Straight up action film. They kept it simple and rated R and it worked. Great beginning for a new franchise. I want to see more of the Judges!

  • Tyler Christian:

Grade: B

A surprisingly entertaining action film with B-movie flare through the roof. Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby both deliver solid lead performances, the humor is executed well in its deadpan sense, and the slow-mo gimmick is extremely clever, too. Besides the mediocre lead villain and doing nothing more than emulating the B-movie formula, Dredd is still a solid dosage of fast-paced action entertainment!

  • Ryan Fecskovics:

Grade: F

Waste of time and not a good time. Dull like a pencil. Olivia Thirlby has her moments. Overall, this film makes me sick, and it is not the cup of tea that most people drink. The visuals are good from time to time, but give you a headache. Such a disappointment.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):


Grade: B

Karl Urban is a lot of fun to watch in this cool, gory R-rated film. I sure miss these mindless action films.

  • Leah Hather (Bright Eyes Long Lashes):

Grade: B

A good action movie with fantastic editing, but that isn’t enough to make up for the awful one-liners and familiar plot.

  • Steven Hunt:

Grade: A+

With some of the best action I’ve seen all year, fantastic use of slow motion and 3D, and a great performance from Karl Urban, I fell in love with Dredd from the get-go. The way they used the fairly modest budget they had in this movie ($45 million) was amazing. Everything looked great and I had a blast watching this.

  • Anthony Hurtado:

Grade: A

Solid action, great use of slo-mo that did not make me want to ball my eyes out, excellent performance by Karl Urban (although I feel there were some stupid one liners), and hoaky acting here and there. But overall a great film.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B+

Karl Urban brings a new level of darkness and fun to Dredd. It’s one of the best R-rated comic books to date because it dares to be both gritty and violent. Dredd also looks amazing and is packed with great special effects, including awesome slow motion sequences that adds to the film rather than cheapens it.

  • Jake Peffer:

Grade: B

Great visuals and lots of great action sequences. Karl Urban is perfect for the role of Dredd. It does pander around a few times but its got some humor to fill the gaps. I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would.

  • Alex Perez:

Grade: A-

Not only is Dredd an extremely fun and exciting flick with great action, terrific use of slow motion, fantastic performances by (especially) Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headley, clever deadpan humor, and terrific characters, but it’s also a film that I feel makes a very valid statement about how corrupt people, even cops, can really be in life — a statement that I didn’t expect at all going in. So, yeah, this isn’t only a fun movie, but its a legitimately great one.



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