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Man on Fire Reviews

April 29, 2004
Suffice it to say nothing about this pumped-up, hyperthyroidal Tony Scott revenge flick makes sense, but it takes two hours to kill off as many people and demolish as many vehicles as Charles Bronson used to do in 30 minutes.
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.
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.
April 24, 2004
This movie isn't just about a kidnapping; it is a kidnapping, and we're the hostages.
April 23, 2004
Despite a red-hot performance by Washington as the antiheroic, self-annihilating title character, the film as a whole, while possessing a kind of vicious beauty, feels as cold and as embalmed as a corpse.
April 23, 2004
A predictable, gruesome piece of business that tries to ennoble one-man vigilante justice with the star power of Denzel Washington.
April 23, 2004
Long and torturous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2004
Overlong, off-putting and at times sadistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 23, 2004
This is garbage, but it's entertaining garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2004
You'd have to call Man on Fire a mess, but at least it's an interesting mess.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 23, 2004
A depressingly gory parade of vengeance.
April 23, 2004
Man on Fire awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
The movie appeals to baser instincts, and Scott's heavy-handed button-pushing stacks the deck.
Read More | Original Score: C
April 23, 2004
If your idea of a bargain is two bad movies for the price of one, then shell out for Man on Fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2004
Man on Fire lacks the depth to truly ignite the screen, so instead does a slow, steady burn. It singes beautifully, but never explodes.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 23, 2004
Easily the best of the recent spate of cynical and violent revenge/vigilante dramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 23, 2004
Brain Hegeland's script offers a trio of endings, a bit much for a movie that lasts nearly 2 1/2 hours.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 23, 2004
Punch drunk with sadism and sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2004
A highly watchable action thriller with one big flaw: It feels like two different movies aimed at two different audiences.
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
April 23, 2004
Ponderous and bloated.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
April 22, 2004
Seventeen years from now, we may well remember this version of the story -- just as one remembers getting hammered on the head repeatedly with a 2-by-4.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2004
Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson made the vigilante the true urban cowboy. But I think even they would blanch at the hero of Man on Fire.
April 22, 2004
One of the longest, dumbest and most savage revenge fantasies extant.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 22, 2004
Overblown, hyperactive.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 22, 2004
At 142 minutes, Man on Fire is too long, but watching the mystery unravel is still jolly good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 22, 2004
At times, Man on Fire seems like it was filmed by a camera attached to a nervous hummingbird.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 22, 2004
A better-than- average example of a revenge flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 22, 2004
Two hours and 20 minutes of the most out-of-control filmmaking you've seen since your Jack Russell terrier grabbed the Handicam off the coffee table, mistaking it for a tug toy.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 22, 2004
[Washington] plays a cliched character in a by-the-numbers plot, but manages to make both acceptable on the sheer power of his screen presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2004
A movie of two unreconcilable halves.
April 22, 2004
Starts off as a good example of super-glitz moviemaking, gradually turns into a movie on fire -- another helter-skelter, big-studio spending spree.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 22, 2004
Think of it: Walken and Rourke in the same movie. That alone is worth the price of a ticket.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 21, 2004
One of the more absorbing and palatable entries in the rather disreputable Death Wish-style self-appointed vigilante sub-genre.
April 21, 2004
Man on Fire feels vaguely like something left over from the 1980s, when action heroes were one-note tough guys methodically picking off baddies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 21, 2004
The first (nonreligious) sure thing to hit the multiplex this year.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 21, 2004
Despite its high craft level and Washington's participation in it, this movie's showy violence is finally as deadening as the over-emphatic violence in these kinds of films generally is.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2004
A coldly violent revenge drama that tarts up scenes of wanton sadism with lush art direction, and a spiritual story that invokes serious struggle and prayer for atmosphere rather than content.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 21, 2004
[Scott's] fondness for intrusive, fake-stylish camera tricks -- jump cuts, speeded-up montages, abrupt changes in light, color saturation and focal depth -- has overwhelmed whatever story sense he once possessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 21, 2004
The film is always watchable, and the confrontations contain undeniable edgy excitement. But even if this weren't a remake, it would be a remake.