Man of Tai Chi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Man of Tai Chi Reviews

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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+
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Steve Pond
September 14, 2013
For anybody who can get into martial arts and doesn't demand a film that will break new ground the way, say, "The Raid: Redemption" did a couple of years ago, this is a rousing show.
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
October 31, 2013
An episode of "The Ultimate Fighter" has more variation and better lines, too.
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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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 31, 2013
Reeves sneers and chews scenery as the bad guy, but his star makes a less memorable impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 29, 2013
Who knew that what Keanu Reeves really wanted was to play the villain in a movie Jean-Claude Van Damme made and remade half a dozen times? And direct it?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
October 27, 2013
The film ultimately doesn't live up to this early potential, as Keanu Reeves loses his way in the third act with too many false climaxes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Weaving
July 5, 2013
A tediously repetitive film desperately looking for some heart and soul. Reeves is the Man of Concrete, grey and predictable behind the camera and an impassive mask of grunts in front of it. Definitely no excellent adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 1, 2013
A morality play that doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
October 29, 2013
This hackneyed misfit resuscitates every cliché of the grade-B '80s Hong Kong martial arts programmer, even the plot parts that were already imitating bad American TV.
Jason Gorber
September 10, 2013
After all is said and done, after we've gone through the rote paces in an assembly line fashion, we're left with a mildly enjoyable if completely forgettable martial arts film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Todd Jorgenson
November 2, 2013
Impressive fight choreography is the highlight of this otherwise muddled, bilingual directorial debut from Keanu Reeves.
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
September 30, 2013
Man Of Tai Chi nevertheless feels like Reeves made exactly the movie he set out to make, assuming he didn't set out to create a movie that was 'good.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2013
A modestly entertaining martial arts melodrama with impressively staged fight sequences that help compensate for a stale plot and some less-than-stellar acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
October 30, 2013
Kung fu completists will want to check this off their lists, but even the most devoted Reeves fans will find it hard to sit through this mishmash.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
October 31, 2013
Will anyone other than hardcore martial arts junkies pay good money to watch this stuff, which I admit, in smaller doses, holds a powerful visual/visceral fascination?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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+
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-
Travis Hopson
October 8, 2013
Keanu Reeves' Man of Tai Chi is Mortal Kombat with a touch of Zen
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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