Man of Tai Chi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The brutally efficient shooting style Reeves employs to film master choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's breathtaking fights is refreshingly grounded and old-school kinetic."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Don't get too hopeful for greatness, but the damned thing works."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Pro forma, sure, but briskly paced. For the most part, the fight scenes are grounded in physical potential, but there are shots and edits that have simple physical magic to them."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"The big revelation of the protagonist feels rushed, but Man of Tai Chi mixes this perfect concoction of outlandish and awesome and is extremely entertaining if you can just enjoy it as a simple martial arts film."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"A morality play that doesn't work."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Reeves has clearly seen many Hong Kong films, and with the help of two veterans, Hollywood cinematographer Elliot Davis and HK editor Derek Hui, he's replicated one."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"[An] ambitious but generic martial-arts movie."
‑ Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail
"While Reeves exhibits natural talent behind the camera, his debut carries an austere coldness that shuts out any semblance of diverting pleasure."
‑ Ty Landis, Movie Mezzanine
"Impressive fight choreography is the highlight of this otherwise muddled, bilingual directorial debut from Keanu Reeves."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Kudos to Reeves for breaking out of the acting box."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut in a cartoonish kung fu movie with splashy fight scenes and an underdeveloped wit."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"The fights are spectacular - Tiger Chen doesn't need wires - the camera work is cool, the music sizzling."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[Director Keanu Reeves] cuts too much, but he respects the fighters' abilities - and the viewers' desire to see them."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Reeves distinguishes himself behind the camera. The fight scenes are exciting and plentiful, acting as a showcase for both Hu Chen's formidable talents and Yuen Wo-ping's inventive choreography."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Reeves is not yet the bridge between east and west moviemaking he's aspiring to be, but considering this is his first time directing a feature, the result is only half-bad."
‑ Kofi Outlaw, ScreenRant
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