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
Bullz-Eye.com
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
Newcity
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.
Matt Prigge
Metro
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
Examiner.com
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
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-
Chris Knight
National Post
November 1, 2013
Kudos to Reeves for breaking out of the acting box.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
November 1, 2013
Flirts with originality, and settles for satisfying
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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