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A Man Apart (2003)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 130
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 116

Action and drama elements don't mix well in this clichéd actioner.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 32

Action and drama elements don't mix well in this clichéd actioner.



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A cop teams up with the former head of a drug cartel to avenge the death of the woman he loved in this action-drama. Sean Vetter (Vin Diesel) and Demetrius Hicks (Larenz Tate) are a pair of DEA agents who think they've made the bust of a lifetime when they capture 'Memo' Lucero (Geno Silva), a multi-millionaire drug lord who controlled most of the narcotics traffic along the border of Mexico and the United States. However, with Lucero behind bars, a new and decidedly more dangerous underworld

Sep 2, 2003


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The script for this action vehicle is like something you'd find under the cushions of Steven Seagal's couch, but Diesel, to his credit, digs into his role as if it were Hamlet.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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This is disappointingly routine stuff from Gray, but the movie does boast one disaster area of a shoot-out and a nifty denouement.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film would be totally unwatchable without the very real charisma of Diesel.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Once thoughts of revenge fill the head of Diesel's Sean Vetter, the direction of the story unfortunately goes south.

April 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Variety
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[I]t's well made, but we've seen all of this, so many times before.

April 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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It's all fast and furious up to its draggy finale, and yes, it could spark a sequel. Prepare yourself for coming dread in 18 months: A Man Together.

April 4, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Pretentious, incompetent, dumb explosion movie.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

You know what you're getting: it's a Vin Vin situation.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Go see The French Connection instead.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's as if this is a rough cut and [Vin] Diesel didn't show up for the reshoots.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Vin Diesel has to make a choice whether he's going to be an actor or a cookie cutter action star.

January 4, 2004 Full Review

A Man Apart is grim, lifeless and, worst of all, as boring as Steven Seagal talking about Buddhism.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

O roteiro cheio de furos e a fraca atuação de Vin Diesel são apenas alguns dos defeitos deste filme monótono e repleto de clichês.

August 22, 2003
Cinema em Cena

This is a revenge thriller that for long stretches forgets about the revenge and, more importantly, the thrills.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

Oh, the mediocrity.

June 17, 2003
Matt's Movie Reviews

A Man Apart crumbles too easily and all that remains is emptiness.

May 30, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's really, really awful old rubbish.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

This film brings nothing new to the table, but rather just regurgitates every formulaic driven cop-against-the evil drug empire cliché that has come before.

April 30, 2003 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Despite an interesting take on the role of a tough guy, [A Man Apart] is a boring and visually annoying rouge cop story.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comment (1)

[Director] Gray's straight-faced approach to his revenge fantasy is as unsettling as his material is absurd.

April 24, 2003 Full Review

For the actor's die hard fans only.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

The plot is nonsensical; the action is laughable.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian

A fittingly arrogant and lunkheaded vehicle for its star.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Audience Reviews for A Man Apart

Vin Diesel trades in the fast cars for poor dramatic action. A Man Apart is a failed attempt for the famed actor to crossover in the drama genre. It's violent, over-dramatic and loose in story. 1/5
July 23, 2013
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if i pull all the vin diesel crap ive seen in the last 10 years out of my memory, this would probably seem like a masterpice. i would actually see this again
August 7, 2009

Super Reviewer

Vin Diesel gives a stunning and kinetic perfromance. It proves that he's more than a stellar action star. Larenz Tate is teriffic. A poweful and hard hitting urban crime drama. It fuells it's riveting story with explosive action and suspense. A stylish, exciting, thrilling and razor-sharp adreniline-fuelled thriller. It's explovsive and excellent. An emotionally gripping and exhilerating movie. Slickly crafted and well-developed by Director, F. Gary Gray. He knows how to bring out the best in his films with characters and story.
December 14, 2007

Super Reviewer

THIS COULD BE SO MUCH BETTER!! the right director, good cast and story - just not put together right - not enuff emotion and script was dull - had so much potential - but waddya gonna do?
March 13, 2007
Khris N

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