Man of Tai Chi - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Man of Tai Chi Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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+
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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.
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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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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
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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
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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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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 31, 2013
Keanu Reeves's down-and-dirty and generally diverting directing debut.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
October 31, 2013
Without Chen in the lead role, Man of Tai Chi could easily have been chop-socky awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
October 31, 2013
Like Reeves' wooden dialogue, it's fun despite not being very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
October 31, 2013
Reeves's debut shows signs of a talented filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 31, 2013
Say what you will about Keanu Reeves, he knows his strengths. So for his first directorial effort, he chose to do a martial-arts flick with a postmodern tinge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 31, 2013
Reeves gets plenty of mileage from this premise, using it to comment on globalization, cinema in the Internet age, and the moral cost of selling out.
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October 31, 2013
Feet and fists move with the camera, and angles orient the combatants in space. Even Reeves-who has a stiff-legged, Frankenstein's-monster-like fighting style-ends up looking like a formidable physical presence.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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R. Kurt Osenlund
Time Out
October 29, 2013
[Establishes Reeves] as a deft helmer of cinematic combat ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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William Goss
Film.com
October 3, 2013
The third act marks a commendably goofy sea change in an otherwise agreeably average throwback.
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Todd Gilchrist
TheWrap
September 25, 2013
Reeves' film offers serviceable action without doing much to introduce the world to the deeper complexities of tai chi. (A better title might have been "Game of Dearth.")
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Steve Pond
TheWrap
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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Clarence Tsui
Hollywood Reporter
September 14, 2013
An adequate and ambitious effort from a first-time director who could have enhanced his on-screen philosophical arguments with a bit more depth and done with a touch less of the admittedly riveting man-to-man melee.
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Maggie Lee
Variety
September 14, 2013
As a vehicle for Hollywood action choreographer Chen to show off his prowess as a gullible tai-chi student lured into underground fight clubs, this China-U.S. co-production is the real deal for hardcore chopsocky fans.