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Redbelt Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
It's always fun to watch the Mamet stock company springing a trap on an unwary victim.
Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
What threatened to be David Mamet's most vainglorious misfire since perpetually casting his wife instead turned into samurai noir -an eloquently profane, profanely eloquent eulogy for the purity of martial arts discipline in the face of profit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
A Kickboxer installment that got too big for its breeches
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
Redbelt seems like a rush job that relies too much on the quick fix. I'm very willing to suspend my disbelief, but Redbelt becomes outlandish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
This Mametian thriller is worth watching for a terrific performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor, but it's hard to engage with the story and it loses its way in the final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Pete Hammond
October 1, 2008
The detail and clear devotion he has for the sport may actually have the effect of distancing the rest of audience from his film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 26, 2008
Redbelt, his latest, is a curious one, a movie that hints at greatness only to retreat, unpardonably, into genre convention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 26, 2008
The Mamet rhythms are pleasingly in place: the repetition-rich dialogue, the head-butting close-ups as men go ego to ego.

The Sun (UK)
September 26, 2008
Exuding inner calm, Ejiofor is great. But he's badly let down by director David Mamet, whose contrived script goes to unbelievable lengths to weaken Mike's resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tom Charity
Total Film
September 26, 2008
Not prime, grade-A Mamet, but this meaty martial-arts movie offers heavyweight performances and a deliciously juicy set-up. Things get scrappy in the last act, but you'll want to see how it all unravels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
September 26, 2008
David Mamet sets him on the path to righteousness in a collection of contrivances masquerading as a meaningful plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 26, 2008
Emily Mortimer is impressive as a jittery, unlikable attorney whose impulsive actions trigger Mike's descent. But it's Ejiofor's film all the way.
Xan Brooks
September 26, 2008
Ejiofor remains a supremely assured, charismatic presence, though he has his work cut out here. He is pitted against a film with a black belt in pomposity and a gold medal in preening self-regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
September 26, 2008
The discipline is remarkable. But this constipated drama, set in a blue-collar corner of Los Angeles, imparts none of the sweat-shop magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 26, 2008
By no means a classic from David Mamet, Redbelt is authentic enough but fails to dazzle. The casting of Tim Allen is imaginative but too much of the film is underwhelming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
September 26, 2008
The plotting is contrived, the supporting characters two-dimensional, and the ending slides from predictable to absurd to maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2008
Not vintage Mamet - the dialogue isn't up to quotable snuff - but it still packs a decent punch thanks to Ejiofor's solid performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
September 19, 2008
Like his other films and plays, Redbelt takes place in the Mamet universe, which only sometimes resembles the world the rest of us live in.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 18, 2008
Muscular filmmaking and a riveting central performance make this film worth seeing. Even if the plot itself becomes far too messy to really engage with us, the characters are edgy and enthralling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
September 12, 2008
Mamet's dialogue is crisp, invigorated by supporting players (particularly Mantegna and Jay) who relish his acerbic wordplay. But for a movie that aims to do for jujitsu what 'Rocky' did for boxing, 'Redbelt' taps out before the final bell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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