Man of Tai Chi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Man of Tai Chi Reviews

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Bill Graham
The Film Stage
June 23, 2016
Yes, it's irreverent at times, but Man Of Tai Chi exudes confidence in its silliness, too, never actually treating the subject of martial arts as light or inconsequential.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Billy Tatum
March 4, 2015
Man of Tai Chi is probably one of the best martial arts films this side of The Raid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ray Pride
April 7, 2014
Pro forma, sure, but briskly paced. For the most part, the fight scenes are grounded in physical potential, but there are shots and edits that have simple physical magic to them.
Ty Landis
Movie Mezzanine
February 5, 2014
While Reeves exhibits natural talent behind the camera, his debut carries an austere coldness that shuts out any semblance of diverting pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Matt Prigge
November 14, 2013
[Director Keanu Reeves] cuts too much, but he respects the fighters' abilities - and the viewers' desire to see them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2013
The brutally efficient shooting style Reeves employs to film master choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's breathtaking fights is refreshingly grounded and old-school kinetic.
Chris Sawin
November 3, 2013
The big revelation of the protagonist feels rushed, but Man of Tai Chi mixes this perfect concoction of outlandish and awesome and is extremely entertaining if you can just enjoy it as a simple martial arts film.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Todd Jorgenson
November 2, 2013
Impressive fight choreography is the highlight of this otherwise muddled, bilingual directorial debut from Keanu Reeves.
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 1, 2013
Reeves distinguishes himself behind the camera. The fight scenes are exciting and plentiful, acting as a showcase for both Hu Chen's formidable talents and Yuen Wo-ping's inventive choreography.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 1, 2013
A morality play that doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Knight
National Post
November 1, 2013
Kudos to Reeves for breaking out of the acting box.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kofi Outlaw
November 1, 2013
Reeves is not yet the bridge between east and west moviemaking he's aspiring to be, but considering this is his first time directing a feature, the result is only half-bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
November 1, 2013
Reeves has clearly seen many Hong Kong films, and with the help of two veterans, Hollywood cinematographer Elliot Davis and HK editor Derek Hui, he's replicated one.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 1, 2013
A busy but relatively routine martial arts actioner.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
November 1, 2013
Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut in a cartoonish kung fu movie with splashy fight scenes and an underdeveloped wit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Katherine Monk
November 1, 2013
Thank you, Keanu Reeves. Thank you for making a martial arts action movie as your feature debut instead of some sickeningly heartfelt personal story that's been sitting in your bottom drawer since you were a cub scout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 1, 2013
The concoction works, despite -- or maybe because of -- its unjaded, fantastical familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 1, 2013
Don't get too hopeful for greatness, but the damned thing works.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 1, 2013
An interesting hybrid, however derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2013
[An] ambitious but generic martial-arts movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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