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A Man Apart (2003)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 85,070


Movie Info

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 … More

R (for strong graphic violence, language, drug content and sexuality)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Paul T. Scheuring , Christian Gudegast
In Theaters:
Sep 2, 2003
Box Office:
New Line Cinema - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for A Man Apart

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (116) | DVD (19)

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.

Full Review… | February 27, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is disappointingly routine stuff from Gray, but the movie does boast one disaster area of a shoot-out and a nifty denouement.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film would be totally unwatchable without the very real charisma of Diesel.

Full Review… | April 22, 2003
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Once thoughts of revenge fill the head of Diesel's Sean Vetter, the direction of the story unfortunately goes south.

Full Review… | April 15, 2003
Top Critic

[I]t's well made, but we've seen all of this, so many times before.

Full Review… | April 7, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 4, 2003
USA Today
Top Critic

Pretentious, incompetent, dumb explosion movie.

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Go see The French Connection instead.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2004
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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2004

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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2003

Oh, the mediocrity.

June 17, 2003
Matt's Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | May 30, 2003

It's really, really awful old rubbish.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003

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

Full Review… | April 24, 2003

For the actor's die hard fans only.

Full Review… | April 20, 2003
Dark Horizons

The plot is nonsensical; the action is laughable.

Full Review… | April 20, 2003

A fittingly arrogant and lunkheaded vehicle for its star.

Full Review… | April 20, 2003

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

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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

Coxxie Mild Sauce

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.

Al S

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?

Khris N

Super Reviewer

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