Man of Tai Chi
Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Set in modern Beijing, MAN OF TAI CHI marks Keanu Reeves' directorial debut. The film, also starring Reeves, follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist (played by Tiger Chen) whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It may not be groundbreaking, but Man of Tai Chi represents an agreeably old-fashioned picture for martial arts fans -- and a solid debut for first-time director Keanu Reeves.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

The brutally efficient shooting style Reeves employs to film master choreographer Yuen Woo Ping's breathtaking fights is refreshingly grounded and old-school kinetic.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

Don't get too hopeful for greatness, but the damned thing works.

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Ray Pride
Newcity

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.

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Mark Jenkins
NPR

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.

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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail

[An] ambitious but generic martial-arts movie.

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Ty Landis
Movie Mezzanine

While Reeves exhibits natural talent behind the camera, his debut carries an austere coldness that shuts out any semblance of diverting pleasure.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut in a cartoonish kung fu movie with splashy fight scenes and an underdeveloped wit.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The fights are spectacular - Tiger Chen doesn't need wires - the camera work is cool, the music sizzling.

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Matt Prigge
Metro

[Director Keanu Reeves] cuts too much, but he respects the fighters' abilities - and the viewers' desire to see them.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The first film of 2013 set in the Far East starring Keanu Reeves, his second Asian film came out a month later (in the US). This film is based loosely on the… More
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Manu Gino
No rules. No mercy. Pure fighting. Very Good Film! I must say, this movie portrays everything Tai Chi teaches us about ourselves, our inner demons, and how… More
Dann Michalski
Keanu Reeves steps into the director's chair for the martial arts film Man of Tai Chi. The story follows a competitive fighter who's recruited to… More
Al S
A wickedly cool and visually dazzling martial arts thriller. Director, and Co-Star, Keanu Reeves delivers a fierce and sensational directional debut filled with… More
Shawn Montague
Fight scenes were good, most of the movie is pretty average. great to see keanu back but this one is lacking something.