A Man Apart Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 18, 2003
The story collapses under the weight of its own contradictions near the end.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 16, 2003
Like View from the Top, this one's been sitting on a studio shelf for quite some time, suggesting that Hollywood must presently be engaging in its own version of a yard sale.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
Variety
April 15, 2003
Once thoughts of revenge fill the head of Diesel's Sean Vetter, the direction of the story unfortunately goes south.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
April 14, 2003
The celluloid is like a giant piece of Swiss cheese, sporadically leaving gaps here and there without the need to explain or justify them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2003
The force of the filmmaking has gravitas and conviction -- pay attention to anything that's going on, and first you wonder where the hell the mood came from, and then you feel used by it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
April 11, 2003
If your last film sounded as if it were promoting porn and if it featured you parading about in a sheepskin pimp coat, where would you go from there? Straight into counseling? Perhaps to a bar? Not Vin Diesel.
| Original Score: D+
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 10, 2003
Vin Diesel doesn't have the horsepower to get this stalled mass of cliches going.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
April 10, 2003
Overall, A Man Apart is a carelessly clunky and protrusive production that feels as deep as a nostalgically naughty Starsky and Hutch rerun-only without the natural charm and genuine conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Carr
Film Threat
April 8, 2003
Falls into the schizophrenic trap that so many films do. It really can't decide what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Daniel Etherington
FilmFour.com
April 8, 2003
Tthis is an attempt at something grittier for Vin Diesel. But it's muddled by filmmakers unclear about their aims.
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
April 8, 2003
If you're amused by watching Vin Diesel rough up bad guys in loud, frenetic, blood-soaked action thrillers, you'll be the first one in line. If you're not, no level of critical adulation could entice you.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 8, 2003
Late in A Man Apart Vin Diesel lurches from the carnage he's inflicted on the bad guys, telling his partner, 'This isn't over.' Rarely have three words had such a devastatingly depressing effect on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 8, 2003
It's not awful, but it's not worth missing an episode of 'American Idol,' 'Hangin' with Mr. Cooper' or the popular 'Operation Iraqi Freedom.'
| Original Score: 2/4
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
April 8, 2003
Vin Diesel was excellent.
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
April 7, 2003
Misguided.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 7, 2003
Falls just shy of both Diesel and Gray's mark, which, presumably, was to afford a certain shade of respect to Diesel's usual knuckle-dragging theatre of the fist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2003
[I]t's well made, but we've seen all of this, so many times before.
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
April 6, 2003
... plays to the crowd and to fans of Diesel, but for everyone else looking for an engaging thriller about crime lords and revenge, at least it's better than 'Collateral Damage.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
April 5, 2003
Although Diesel's flexathon is certainly the wrong message in the wrong time, the only harm it can do is through the aggregate culmination of like-minded films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 5, 2003
A revenge tale that tries to act smarter than it really is, and ends up embarrassing itself in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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