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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Whenever the movie's point of view turns omniscient, and we're seeing events from the director's vantage point, Man on Fire becomes a blurry, shaky mess. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Not too many R-rated revenge pics depend on "Uptown Girls'" Dakota Fanning for the stronger scenes. Yet once the 10-year-old star exits the picture, Man on Fire starts blowing a lot of smoke. show more

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The movie's leisurely, elegant setup makes its action payoff seem, by contrast, particularly mechanical, cynical and grotesque. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It is a good hour too long, although it does boast Christopher Walken. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Man on Fire, with a best-ever Denzel Washington, is the first (nonreligious) sure thing to hit the multiplex this year. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    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. Hollywood filmmakers have fished these waters so thoroughly that it's virtually impossible to land a big catch. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The dead-serious Man on Fire awakens a genuine sense of bloodlust in the viewer. This is a slick, big-budget, A-list production designed to stoke our basest impulses -- to make us long for, and cheer at, bloody, merciless vengeance. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    For what Man on Fire delivers, it's worth enduring Scott's hyperkinetic visual techniques. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Employs superb craftsmanship and a powerful Denzel Washington performance in an attempt to elevate genre material above its natural level, but it fails. The underlying story isn't worth the effort. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Man on Fire, which starts off as a good example of super-glitz moviemaking, gradually turns into a movie on fire -- another helter-skelter, big-studio spending spree. Too bad. It could use a lot more of Walken, Fanning and some more honest drama. show more

  • June 02, 2013 Sir Raymond
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    Saw it when it first came out and watch it whenever it plays. Once in a great while, everything comes together to make a great movie. Man on Fire is one !! Great story, correct actors, and a perfect music score. As usual, Denzel is right on the mark. This movie is perfect !!!

  • August 20, 2012 vandalwfs
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    This is Tony Scott\'s best movie in my opinion. I can watch this movie again ana again and never get tired of it. Exceptional!!!

  • February 28, 2012 markatafm
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    Its about 30 mins too long,has some improbably plot twists,scenarios,and a body count thats hard to keep score but.... Man On Fire is a underated classic.Denzel and Dakota are perfectly cast with and an excellent cameo from Christopher Walken Based on a true story of a child abduction in Italy and origainlly made with Scott Glenn in 1987 ,Tony Scotts mindblowing remake is a gritty,no punches pulled ,shoot em up bloodfest,More than one ear gets cut off,as do a few fingers as Denzel stops at nothing to revenge the kindnapping and supposed kiling of the young girl he was meant protect.No spoiler aleart but the ending still brings a tear to my eye.Although some found the directive hand held style of the film annoying I thought it was both beautifully shot and edited.The musical score, apart from Denzels like for a Linda Rhondstat song ,is again masterful. I have to say I am a Tony Scott fan and this is truly his masterwork.Missed it on the big screen,which I still regret to this day, but have seen it over 20 times!!

  • March 25, 2011 timothytlc
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    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen, and it is a shame it only got two stars. Excellent directing, scenery and acting. Soundtrack is also top notch.

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