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Man on Fire Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Extremely violent; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
May 8, 2009
"Man On Fire" is remake of a notoriously dreadful 1987 movie, based on the same-titled novel by A.J. Quinnell, and it fares little better here with Tony Scott ("Spy Game") directing with a flamboyant use of flashy subtitles and camera techniques lifted f
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Scott tries too hard to look like Ridley Scott's films with similar and derivative style, and hazy cinematography...
Bill Clark
June 21, 2005
A down-and-dirty revenge tale that packs an emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark R. Leeper
March 30, 2005
Visually the film is nice, but the images are in service to a violent and ugly film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
February 25, 2005
Un bon divertissement de masse, non exempt d'intelligence.
| Original Score: B-
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
January 5, 2005
Mean-spirited; one of the year's 10 worst
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
December 6, 2004
[It suggests] that John Creasy -- J.C. -- is a Christ figure: scars, prayers, acting as savior. But where Christ overcomes evil with good, J.C. uses heavy artillery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
October 8, 2004
Serves up revenge, loud bangs, grisly deaths and heavy symbolism in Mexico with some relish - and extra cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Utichi
October 6, 2004
"One of those rare treats -- an original and ingenious take on an otherwise formulaic idea."
| Original Score: 82/100
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 11, 2004
I couldn't help thinking afterwards how harebrained the whole adventure was. Yet Washington is so charming, so charismatic, and so heroic in his role, he makes the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
June 18, 2004
Shamelessly manipulative and sadistically violent… a new low for both Washington and Scott, and one of the nastier bits of business in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 20, 2004
Giving credit to Mexico City as 'a very special place' after spending two hours depicting it as the worst hellhole in the hemisphere shows how clueless the director can be.
James Hill
May 13, 2004
For those who flinched at watching Denzel go crooked in "Training Day," you may want to hide under your seat as he goes absolutely twisted here.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 12, 2004
Em nenhum dos filmes de vingança produzidos recentemente a retórica eleitoreira e bélica de Bush tornou-se tão visível quanto em Poder de Fogo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 11, 2004
Helgeland's screenplay is too lazy to investigate Washington's viciousness. This promising movie winds up spinning its wheels in a conventionally dopey action plot.
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Brian Mckay
May 8, 2004
The chemistry between Washington and Fanning is the main reason why the story works. Without it, Man on Fire would just be a big dumb loud violent music video.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 8, 2004
Exemplifies a widely-held mindset of its era, one that calls for simplistic, brutal solutions to highly complex, awful things that are happening in the world.
| Original Score: 56/100
Eric D. Snider
May 8, 2004
It has just enough weight and depth to feel like it means something. I don't think it actually DOES mean anything, but it gives the illusion of it nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 6, 2004
[W]hat may take the jaded viewer aback is the amount of time [Tony Scott] dedicates to character development before heading down the inevitable trail of bloody revenge.
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