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Redbelt Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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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.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
Pete Hammond

The detail and clear devotion he has for the sport may actually have the effect of distancing the rest of audience from his film.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2008
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 2, 2008
Fernando F. Croce

A Kickboxer installment that got too big for its breeches

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Edward Douglas

Only excels when it treads on familiar Mamet territory; ultimately suffers from the ridiculous amount of characters and a convoluted plot.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

May 1, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 9, 2008
Kam Williams

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

May 11, 2008
Victoria Alexander

A Gandhi-like martial arts teacher gets hoodwinked by Hollywood.

Full Review

April 30, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

All of the tropes that make Redbelt comfortable and efficient also make it a little too familiar.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

June 9, 2008
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen

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.

Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen

May 8, 2008
Joshua Tyler

Mamet has a specific direction mapped out for his main character, but seems to have no idea of how to get there.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

April 2, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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The final moment, which was probably intended to be poignant, instead feels laughable.

April 30, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

David Mamet sets him on the path to righteousness in a collection of contrivances masquerading as a meaningful plot.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 1/4

May 1, 2008
Anthony Quinn

Redbelt, his latest, is a curious one, a movie that hints at greatness only to retreat, unpardonably, into genre convention.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Erik Childress

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 1, 2008
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 2, 2008
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

The coincidental plot twists are implausible, as are some of the performances. Sometimes being enigmatic just insn't as interesting as it should be.

Full Review | Original Score: 6/10

May 15, 2008
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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

July 20, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The only person bruised by the end of the competition is the audience.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

May 2, 2008
Bob Mondello
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October 18, 2008
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Graham Fuller
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times

October 18, 2008

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