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Based on 22 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    A modestly entertaining martial arts melodrama with impressively staged fight sequences that help compensate for a stale plot and some less-than-stellar acting. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The fights are strong (though the 49-year-old director’s are slo-mo), and the surface is calm. Say “Whoa!” if you like, but it’s cool. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While weighed down by digressions and contraptions, Man of Tai Chi is an adequate and ambitious effort from a first-time director, who could have enhanced his on-screen philosophical arguments with a bit more depth and done with a touch less of the admittedly riveting man-to-man melee. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Basically the anti-"Kill Bill." Both movies are quilted together from their auteurs' favorite Asian action flicks, but where Tarantino's was overheated, Reeves' is elegantly iced. show more

  • 75
    Sheila O'Malley

    Man of Tai Chi is hugely entertaining. show more

  • 63
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    The story is so-so, in other words, but the pummeling is primo. show more

  • 63
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    With his thoughtful exploration of the conflict between desire and responsibility, and his self-reflexive exploration of the themes of voyeurism, ambition, and personal identity, Reeves’s debut shows signs of a talented filmmaker. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Ambitious but generic martial-arts movie. show more

  • 50
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    The film ultimately doesn't live up to this early potential, as Keanu Reeves loses his way in the third act with too many false climaxes. show more

  • 50
    Roger Moore Movie Nation

    The script here is pretty stale stuff, with an under-developed side story of the cop (Karen Mok) on Donako’s trail and dialogue (in English and Chinese) that is often banal. show more

  • December 30, 2013 fn00000000175972
    Report This User

    Highly unoriginal movie and even the cinematography smelt so strongly of The Matrix that they might as well have called it Man of Matrix and have Keanu as Neo again. The public would have bought it better that way!

  • December 28, 2013 re00000000175783
    Report This User

    This movie stands or falls with it\'s martial arts and sadly in my opinion it falls. It is yet again a movie that tries to portray kung fu as the top martial art but doesn\'t reach the level of other adaptations. This movie could have been enjoyable with another actor such as tony ja.

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