Man of Tai Chi Reviews

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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com
November 1, 2013
Cinematographer Elliot Davis films the fight scenes with thrilling immediacy: lots of long takes, so you realize you are actually seeing these guys actually do this, as opposed to watching something pieced together later in the editing room.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 1, 2013
The fights are spectacular - Tiger Chen doesn't need wires - the camera work is cool, the music sizzling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2013
A glorious romp of a martial-arts thwack-fest ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
November 1, 2013
Not a terribly good film, but it features some of the best martial-arts action I've seen on film in a while.
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
October 31, 2013
Keanu knows exactly what kind of movie this is, and doesn't pretend for a second that it's more important than it really is. It's a solid kick-ass martial arts movie, nothing more. I miss movies like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
A modestly entertaining martial arts melodrama with impressively staged fight sequences that help compensate for a stale plot and some less-than-stellar acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 31, 2013
An episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" has more variation and better lines, too.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 31, 2013
Keanu Reeves's down-and-dirty and generally diverting directing debut.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 31, 2013
Without Chen in the lead role, Man of Tai Chi could easily have been chop-socky awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 31, 2013
Will anyone other than hardcore martial arts junkies pay good money to watch this stuff, which I admit, in smaller doses, holds a powerful visual/visceral fascination?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
October 31, 2013
Like Reeves' wooden dialogue, it's fun despite not being very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
October 31, 2013
Reeves's debut shows signs of a talented filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 31, 2013
The movie is almost nonstop action, but the sequences build in such a way that they're suspenseful, and they never repeat themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 31, 2013
Say what you will about Keanu Reeves, he knows his strengths. So for his first directorial effort, he chose to do a martial-arts flick with a postmodern tinge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2013
Reeves gets plenty of mileage from this premise, using it to comment on globalization, cinema in the Internet age, and the moral cost of selling out.
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October 31, 2013
Feet and fists move with the camera, and angles orient the combatants in space. Even Reeves-who has a stiff-legged, Frankenstein's-monster-like fighting style-ends up looking like a formidable physical presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 31, 2013
Reeves sneers and chews scenery as the bad guy, but his star makes a less memorable impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 30, 2013
Kung fu completists will want to check this off their lists, but even the most devoted Reeves fans will find it hard to sit through this mishmash.
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R. Kurt Osenlund
Time Out
October 29, 2013
[Establishes Reeves] as a deft helmer of cinematic combat ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 29, 2013
This hackneyed misfit resuscitates every cliché of the grade-B '80s Hong Kong martial arts programmer, even the plot parts that were already imitating bad American TV.
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