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Man on Fire Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
May 5, 2004
Moviegoers have a duty to admonish Hollywood for turning the multiplex into a Two Hours Hate, asking us to cheer the fascist aesthetic of movies like Man of Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 23, 2004
Tony Scott's Man on Fire employs superb craftsmanship and a powerful Denzel Washington performance in an attempt to elevate genre material above its natural level, but it fails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 22, 2004
An over-big, over-loud, over-heated, over-long, over-everything mess of a story about this year's most popular movie topic, revenge.
| Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Extremely violent; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Catholic Sun
January 5, 2005
Mean-spirited; one of the year's 10 worst
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
April 23, 2004
...based on its ratio of production costs to quality alone, [Man on Fire] may prove to be the worst movie of 2004.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 22, 2004
Man on Fire is slick and handsomely made -- even the subtitles have a stylish energy -- but its slickness feels inappropriate because the movie is unsettling in ways it never grapples with.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
April 21, 2004
Scott's laudable attempt to push the envelope emotionally can't quite overcome the screenplay's limitations
| Original Score: 3/5
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
April 22, 2004
[E]xacts its most painful retribution upon the keisters of those assembled to view it.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
April 21, 2004
Its callous fixation on violence is merely a lame pose meant to distract us from its soggy redemptive core.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
April 22, 2004
The problem mainly comes when Man on Fire's vindictive rush starts to fade, leaving time to think about what's onscreen.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
May 10, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kit Bowen
April 23, 2004
Maybe the film should be called Man on Fire Whose Bleeding Gunshot Wounds Won't Stop Him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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-
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 23, 2004
Long and torturous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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...
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
April 23, 2004
Trash is trash, no matter how expensive or arty it looks, or how well-acted it is.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 22, 2004
Watching one of our finest actors calmly torture and mutilate his victims makes Man on Fire reprehensible, not thought-provoking.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Michael Szymanski
December 19, 2004
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 30, 2004
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Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
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Georgia Straight
August 21, 2004
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