Edward Guthmann of San Francisco Chronicle , gave the film mixed review, saying that "in Hollywood, where integrity is rapidly consumed and careers defined by market value, there's trash and there's trash with a pedigree."  Stephanie Zacharek , for Salon , also gave the film a mixed review, stating: "If you buy the overprocessed headcheese of the serial killer as refined genius, you'll love Red Dragon . Or maybe not. Even Hannibal Lecter devotees may lose patience with this picture's grandiose, self-serious ponderousness -- that's Lecterese for, 'It's kind of boring in patches, actually.'"  William Arnold of Seattle Post-Intelligencer who gave the film a mixed review, said that the film "basically lives up to the old adage that the final work in a trilogy is invariably the weakest."  Michael Atkinson of The Village Voice gave the film a negative review, he stated: " Red Dragon ' s formula is so risible and rote by now that the natural reaction to scenes of peril, torture, and suffering is flippant laughter."