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: November 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 10, 2013
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Critic Score: 71% 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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Bill Graham
The Film Stage

Yes, it's irreverent at times, but Man Of Tai Chi exudes confidence in its silliness, too, never actually treating the subject of martial arts as light or inconsequential.

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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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Billy Tatum
Bullz-Eye.com

Man of Tai Chi is probably one of the best martial arts films this side of The Raid.

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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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Sheila O'Malley
RogerEbert.com

Cinematographer Elliot Davis films the fight scenes with thrilling immediacy: lots of long takes, so you realize you are actually seeing these guys actually do this, as opposed to watching something pieced together later in the editing room.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
If you go see this bilingual martial arts movie for its fighting scenes, you will have plenty to enjoy, for they are really great, but apart from that it is… 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
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