It's neither uninteresting nor unentertaining, but the plot is as threadbare as an old carpet and Mamet's narrative contortions will leave many viewers scratching their heads.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The detail and clear devotion he has for the sport may actually have the effect of distancing the rest of audience from his film.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie starts out in muscular, typically Mametian fashion but can't sustain that punch due to his less-than-firm handling of the storyline.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
A Kickboxer installment that got too big for its breeches
Only excels when it treads on familiar Mamet territory; ultimately suffers from the ridiculous amount of characters and a convoluted plot.
| Original Score: 6/10
Watching Redbelt is like watching a chess game. As Mamet manipulates his characters, it's involving and occasionally thrilling, but it never makes you feel much.
An unnecessarily confusing and convoluted cross of Rocky and The Karate Kid that's a tad too smart for its own good, given the simple message it is trying to deliver.
| Original Score: 1/4
A Gandhi-like martial arts teacher gets hoodwinked by Hollywood.
All of the tropes that make Redbelt comfortable and efficient also make it a little too familiar.
By the end of its serpentine even-a-sports-flick-can-house-a-con plot, you may be too busy rolling your eyes to buy into the rabid-fan axiom that even minor Mamet is a treat.
Mamet has a specific direction mapped out for his main character, but seems to have no idea of how to get there.
The final moment, which was probably intended to be poignant, instead feels laughable.
David Mamet sets him on the path to righteousness in a collection of contrivances masquerading as a meaningful plot.
Ill-conceived morality play set in the world of mixed martial arts is clearly a labor of love for writer-director David Mamet. It's just a labor for the audience.
Redbelt, his latest, is a curious one, a movie that hints at greatness only to retreat, unpardonably, into genre convention.
The digression of the film's setup into an expedited version of The Spanish Prisoner would be less unnerving if what followed didn't turn out to be so irreversibly ridiculous.
The longer you trust... Mamet... the more you'll be crushed when the film, which is always teetering on the edge of preposterousness, finally tumbles over that edge.
The coincidental plot twists are implausible, as are some of the performances. Sometimes being enigmatic just insn't as interesting as it should be.
| Original Score: 6/10
O filme conta com sua parcela de momentos inspirados, mas Mamet aposta demais em suas reviravoltas habituais sem se preocupar com a lógica da trama ou com os personagens, investindo ainda num final terrivelmente maniqueísta e artificial.
| Original Score: 3/5
The only person bruised by the end of the competition is the audience.
| Original Score: 2/4