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Man on Fire Reviews

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Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 5, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Clark
June 21, 2005
A down-and-dirty revenge tale that packs an emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 25, 2005
Un bon divertissement de masse, non exempt d'intelligence.
| Original Score: B-
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
October 30, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Turner
October 19, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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
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.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 2, 2004
Because of Washington's superb gifts and stores of charisma, he can be casual in the way he exercises them, even in a method of interrogation never seen on NYPD.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
May 2, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
April 30, 2004
Overstylized and burdened by its chaotic, quick-cut editing. But its performances save it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 27, 2004
As the screen fades to black, we are left thinking about the characters, not the carnage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
David Ng
Village Voice
April 27, 2004
Intentional or not, Man on Fire's over-the-top evocation of Christian retribution goes a long way to making this otherwise standard revenge fantasy watchable.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
April 27, 2004
Artfully polished, but an inhumanely cruel, repetitive, murderous vendetta casts a dreary shadow over the last hour of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nicolas Lacroix
April 27, 2004
...un drame solide, sombre, efficace et porté par une qualité de performances qu'on voit trop rarement dans ce genre de film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 26, 2004
I'm recommending Man on Fire for that bold style, its unapologetic comic book story arc, and the great performances from Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and young Dakota Fanning.
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