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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
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
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
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
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.
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
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
Brian Holcomb
September 3, 2008
It's not the characteristically sharp Mamet dialogue that makes Ejiofor effective so much as what he does between the lines: Moments of powerful contemplation and silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Heather Huntington
September 2, 2008
Although dedicated Mamet fans will recognize many of his usual familiar faces, Redbelt is anything but standard Mamet fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Prairie Miller
August 22, 2008
Aside from the fact that it's never a good sign when a keen interest in a particular sport dominating a movie is a must, we've seen this tale of the virtuous gladiator encircled by ruthless, greedy wolves in countless such sports movies before.
Tim Grierson
Screen International
July 23, 2008
Buoyed by Chiwetel Ejiofor's terrific lead performance, this drama has more than enough smarts and philosophical underpinnings to compensate for familiarity in other regards.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 28, 2008
The plot is intriguing enough to keep the audience guessing until the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Beth Accomando
June 8, 2008
So Redbelt poses as an action film but delivers what I would call an anti-action action picture. And by not delivering on expectations, Mamet satisfied me with something else, something much more clever.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
June 5, 2008
Despite the serpentine plot, Ejiofor is so compelling at the center, you root for him to maintain his integrity as nearly everyone around him sells out for a quick buck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 4, 2008
From the very first scene I was completely enthralled by this complex character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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