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A Man Apart Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 27, 2007
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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This is disappointingly routine stuff from Gray, but the movie does boast one disaster area of a shoot-out and a nifty denouement.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
The film would be totally unwatchable without the very real charisma of Diesel.
| Original Score: 1/4
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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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 7, 2003
[I]t's well made, but we've seen all of this, so many times before.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
April 4, 2003
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 4, 2003
Although more fun than the preachy Training Day, A Man Apart never quite reaches the seedy depths of Narc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 4, 2003
This movie is so testosterone-laden that one character is seen carrying a gun and a beer in the same hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 4, 2003
It's hard to approach a movie like this expecting Citizen Kane ... But I did expect a good Vin Diesel movie, a showcase for this magnetic actor's personality. That's where A Man Apart falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 4, 2003
With more movies like A Man Apart, it'll be kaput to Diesel's acting future.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2003
Diesel doesn't have the chops, or the charisma, to overcome the pic's formula conceits.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2003
Try remaking the classic drugs-and-cops thriller 'The French Connection' without the style, without the electric chase scenes or the witty cat-and-mouse game. Without the French. Without Gene Hackman. What you'd get might look like 'A Man Apart.'
| Original Score: 1/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 4, 2003
If you take the picture at face value, it delivers the goods.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 4, 2003
Did executives at New Line Cinema purposely keep A Man Apart on the shelf for more than a year because they were hoping to capitalize on Diesel's popularity after last summer's XXX?
| Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 4, 2003
The movie has more than its share of action scenes, but they're grafted onto a gritty crime drama that has no room for outsized heroics.
| Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 4, 2003
In a sense, A Man Apart is aptly titled for Diesel. Nobody has chemistry with him. Then again, you try acting with a tree.
| Original Score: 2/4
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William Triplett
Washington Post
April 4, 2003
It really should be arrested for impersonating an interesting movie.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 4, 2003
The movie hiccups whenever it veers into gushy melodrama.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 4, 2003
A lackluster drug thriller, obviously inspired by Scarface and boasting few surprises.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 4, 2003
This movie has been filmed and released, but it has not been finished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 4, 2003
The swaggering humour that made Diesel a star in Pitch Black, The Fast and the Furious and XXX is barely evident here.
| Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 4, 2003
Should have been driven straight to video.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jeff Stark
Salon.com
April 4, 2003
Yes, Vin Diesel still rocks. But you wouldn't know it from this dreary, predictable sub-Traffic action flick.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 4, 2003
While you're enduring the usual formulaic yada yada ... at least there are yuks to enjoy.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
April 3, 2003
The one secret the movie has tried to hold in reserve is the identity of El Diablo, but like all of its other surprises, this one seems less startling than it's intended to be.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
April 3, 2003
Relatively actionless.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2003
We may still be, as the film's voice-over doesn't let us forget, the No. 1 drug-consuming nation on Earth, but that doesn't mean we're eager to sit through yet another overly familiar story of drug kingpins and Mexican cartels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
April 3, 2003
Pointless, predictable mayhem of an action film and the leaden pretensions of an art-house wannabe.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
April 3, 2003
A Man Apart isn't awful, but it is almost reflexively rote, evoking countless other outlaw-cop films that are smarter, tighter and more fun.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
April 3, 2003
Man is a threadbare hand-me-down of an action thriller -- even its obligatory twists feel preworn.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 3, 2003
While A Man Apart is effectively paced and nicely choreographed, the fundamental letdown of the ending results in a mild sense of dissatisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 3, 2003
Diesel is moodier and more morose than he was in his big, star-making movies. In a way, you can see why. There's not much joy or exhilaration in A Man Apart.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 3, 2003
Old-school action flick with a heart -- and better than all the Chuck Norris movies combined.
| Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 1, 2003
Gray directs with a determination that style will win out over substance. It doesn't, but the energy he brings to the venture makes a pedestrian movie look far sharper than it deserves.
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Justine Elias
Village Voice
April 1, 2003
Slow-going indeed.