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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see. No con. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    Entertaining in a pulpy kind of way, like the fight films of the 1930s and '40s, and more accessible than most of Mamet's movies. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's certainly not Mamet's signature rapid-fire dialogue, but it's an intriguing and engrossing departure. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Ejiofor gives a commanding performance, perfectly calibrated in what's withheld just as much as what's revealed. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    One of the problems with the way Mamet resolves Mike's predicament is that it's ridiculously implausible - even in the context of a far-fetched fight story. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Redbelt will fascinate those who share David Mamet's interest in mixed martial arts. But its hold may be weaker on those who don't. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    As the heart and soul of the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor once again impresses. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It never really pulls itself together into the convincing, focused drama it promises, yet it kept me involved right up until the final scenes, which piled on developments almost recklessly. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Not everyone can act his material with ease. But Ejiofor, who brings a serene gravity to every exchange, was born to do Mamet. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    In Redbelt, David Mamet enters the realm of sports drama and Rocky-underdog clichés and discovers it's a surprisingly good fit. show more

  • May 22, 2008 midnitestars
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    I haven't seen too much advertising for this film but I am into MMA and I wasn't disappointed with this movie. I think the movie should have been fleshed out a little more, because it attempted to bring to MMA what the Rocky Series did to boxing. You feel for the main character because he's honorable and has a good heart, even though he is put into some trying situations. The ending isn't confusing unless you're not paying attention. Just remember that in the movie it is stated that there is only one red belt.

  • May 22, 2008 beatbarn
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    Based on Mamet's name alone, I figured this movie had plenty to offer (story, acting, etc.), but it was HORRIBLE! By far one of the worst films I've ever seen, crap acting, crap directing, crap story. Save your money and avoid this like the plague!

  • May 22, 2008 gggg10
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    I have NEVER been as disappointed by a movie, which led me to write this first-ever review. I'm a huge fan of the genius Mamet (House of Games, Glengarry Glen Ross, Spanish Prisoner, and on, and on) and a huge MMA/Jujitsu fan since the earliest UFC's with Joyce Gracie. But this movie is simply terrible---indecipherable plot, weak motivations for many character actions, almost completely lacking in Mamet's trademark halting yet brilliant dialog, and containing inane contrivances like the ridiculous fight rules in the tournament. David Mamet---have you lost your mojo? SAY IT AIN'T SO!!! Don't waste your money on this, nor even any time watching on free TV. Big letdown...huge.

  • May 22, 2008 keithvillanueva
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    The opening scene made this movies look promising. After the first 15 minutes this film went down hill fast. I have been into the martial arts for 23 years and enjoy an underdog, but there isn't an underdog in this film. There was tons of un-needed drama added to this film that didn't add to the plot at all. Never back down was better then this and that isn't saying much. There was no honor, meaning or martial arts training in this movie that would make it worth paying your hard earned money to view. Save yourself the money and you valuable time and wait until you can see it on dvd (if that).I was totally disappointed. 2 thumbs way down!

  • May 22, 2008 bgcheesecopper
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    I enjoyed the movie very much. Being a fan of Mamet's other projects such as The Unit and Spartan (great flick) and a person who is involved with the Martial Arts, I was curious to see how he'll tackle Jujutsu and a UFC type of plot. I thought the main characters opinion of the UFC type of competion was beliveable because thats what true "BUSHIDO" is about. If your into MMA and all that HYPE your not going to enjoy this movie. But if your wondering why some people truly train, then you'll enjoy this movie. Good plot and a question mark for an ending, but it will keep you entertained.

  • May 22, 2008 CQBRA03
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    Being a big fan of MMA, the good reveiws of this by the critics got me interested. It was a big disappointment. I thought the plot was disjointed, and the fight scenes were few and far between. The rules of the final tournement were ridiculous. This movie gets a thumbs down from me.

  • May 22, 2008 mmoejohn
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    This was another one of those movies I have seen lately which has a great begining and leaves you sitting in your seat at the end, wondering what and why. Chiwetel Eifofor was a revelation in the lead role. I didn't like the ending, but the first part of the movie was well worth the price.

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