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Tim Allen and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star in writer/director David Mamet's martial arts drama Redbelt. Ejiofor plays Mike Terry, a jujitsu master who co-runs a very modest martial arts studio in Los Angeles with his bossy wife, Sondra (Alice Braga). Mike demonstrates an unwavering commitment to his craft and draws a cadre of defiantly loyal pupils including Joe (Max Martini), an LAPD cop. All told, it appears that he has chosen a peaceful and conflict-free path in life. The dedicated martial artist's fate takes an unanticipated turn, however, one evening when a young woman named Laura… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"The plotting is contrived, the supporting characters two-dimensional, and the ending slides from predictable to absurd to maudlin."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"David Mamet's take on the trendy new world of mixed martial arts is a gem not quite like anything I've seen before " a smart, absorbing, anti-Hollywood, hypermacho look at what it is to be a true martial artist and a man."
‑ Mark Rahner, Seattle Times
"It's always fun to watch the Mamet stock company springing a trap on an unwary victim."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Redbelt seems like a rush job that relies too much on the quick fix. I'm very willing to suspend my disbelief, but Redbelt becomes outlandish."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Redbelt, his latest, is a curious one, a movie that hints at greatness only to retreat, unpardonably, into genre convention."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"What is memorable is the film's portrait of a man of honor in a sleazy world, possibly a metaphor for the struggle of the artist to stay honorable in a world of backbiting, betrayal and hunger for easy money."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Mamet's love for the sport comes through in every frame."
‑ Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle
"What threatened to be David Mamet's most vainglorious misfire since perpetually casting his wife instead turned into samurai noir -an eloquently profane, profanely eloquent eulogy for the purity of martial arts discipline in the face of profit."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"This Mametian thriller is worth watching for a terrific performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor, but it's hard to engage with the story and it loses its way in the final act."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"The Mamet rhythms are pleasingly in place: the repetition-rich dialogue, the head-butting close-ups as men go ego to ego."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The glue that holds it together is Ejiofor's muscular performance as a man whose principles may be about to feel the brass knuckles of reality."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's neither uninteresting nor unentertaining, but the plot is as threadbare as an old carpet and Mamet's narrative contortions will leave many viewers scratching their heads."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A Kickboxer installment that got too big for its breeches"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The detail and clear devotion he has for the sport may actually have the effect of distancing the rest of audience from his film."
‑ Pete Hammond,
"Exuding inner calm, Ejiofor is great. But he's badly let down by director David Mamet, whose contrived script goes to unbelievable lengths to weaken Mike's resolve."
‑ , Sun Online
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