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Redbelt Reviews

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Top Critic
James Berardinelli
May 9, 2008
It's neither uninteresting nor unentertaining, but the plot is as threadbare as an old carpet and Mamet's narrative contortions will leave many viewers scratching their heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 2, 2008
The movie starts out in muscular, typically Mametian fashion but can't sustain that punch due to his less-than-firm handling of the storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
A Kickboxer installment that got too big for its breeches
Edward Douglas
May 1, 2008
Only excels when it treads on familiar Mamet territory; ultimately suffers from the ridiculous amount of characters and a convoluted plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 9, 2008
Watching Redbelt is like watching a chess game. As Mamet manipulates his characters, it's involving and occasionally thrilling, but it never makes you feel much.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
May 11, 2008
An unnecessarily confusing and convoluted cross of Rocky and The Karate Kid that's a tad too smart for its own good, given the simple message it is trying to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Victoria Alexander
April 30, 2008
A Gandhi-like martial arts teacher gets hoodwinked by Hollywood.
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Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
All of the tropes that make Redbelt comfortable and efficient also make it a little too familiar.
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
May 8, 2008
By the end of its serpentine even-a-sports-flick-can-house-a-con plot, you may be too busy rolling your eyes to buy into the rabid-fan axiom that even minor Mamet is a treat.
Joshua Tyler
April 2, 2008
Mamet has a specific direction mapped out for his main character, but seems to have no idea of how to get there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 30, 2008
The final moment, which was probably intended to be poignant, instead feels laughable.
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
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
May 1, 2008
Ill-conceived morality play set in the world of mixed martial arts is clearly a labor of love for writer-director David Mamet. It's just a labor for the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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
Erik Childress
May 1, 2008
The digression of the film's setup into an expedited version of The Spanish Prisoner would be less unnerving if what followed didn't turn out to be so irreversibly ridiculous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 2, 2008
The longer you trust... Mamet... the more you'll be crushed when the film, which is always teetering on the edge of preposterousness, finally tumbles over that edge.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
May 15, 2008
The coincidental plot twists are implausible, as are some of the performances. Sometimes being enigmatic just insn't as interesting as it should be.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
July 20, 2008
O filme conta com sua parcela de momentos inspirados, mas Mamet aposta demais em suas reviravoltas habituais sem se preocupar com a lógica da trama ou com os personagens, investindo ainda num final terrivelmente maniqueísta e artificial.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 2, 2008
The only person bruised by the end of the competition is the audience.
| Original Score: 2/4
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