Man on Fire
Man on Fire (2004)

A wave of kidnappings has swept through Mexico, feeding a growing sense of panic among its wealthier citizens, especially parents. In one six-day period, there were twenty-four abductions, leading many to hire bodyguards for their children.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 21, 2004
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2004
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Man on Fire starts out well, but goes over the top in the violent second half.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Suffice it to say nothing about this pumped-up, hyperthyroidal Tony Scott revenge flick makes sense, but it takes two hours to kill off as many people and demolish as many vehicles as Charles Bronson used to do in 30 minutes.

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Stephanie Zacharek

This movie isn't just about a kidnapping; it is a kidnapping, and we're the hostages.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Extremely violent; not for kids.

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David Ng
Village Voice

Intentional or not, Man on Fire's over-the-top evocation of Christian retribution goes a long way to making this otherwise standard revenge fantasy watchable.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Despite a red-hot performance by Washington as the antiheroic, self-annihilating title character, the film as a whole, while possessing a kind of vicious beauty, feels as cold and as embalmed as a corpse.

Cole Smithey

"Man On Fire" is remake of a notoriously dreadful 1987 movie, based on the same-titled novel by A.J. Quinnell, and it fares little better here with Tony Scott ("Spy Game") directing with a flamboyant use of flashy subtitles and camera techniques lifted f

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I'm recommending Man on Fire for that bold style, its unapologetic comic book story arc, and the great performances from Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken and young Dakota Fanning.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

A predictable, gruesome piece of business that tries to ennoble one-man vigilante justice with the star power of Denzel Washington.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Scott tries too hard to look like Ridley Scott's films with similar and derivative style, and hazy cinematography...

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Eric Alvarez
Cool movie where Denzel protects a litte girl at all costs.....what isn't awesome about that?
Phil Hubbs
Based on a novel which I didn't know and actually a remake of an earlier film from 1987, pretty much the same deal accept its set in Italy as at the time… More
JY Skacto
Tony Scott's <i>Man on Fire</i> gives meaning to the word assassin.<p>The plot doesn't necessarily blow anything out of the park,… More
Albert Kim
Sporadic and over-the-top editing is "Man On Fire"'s protruding feature that makes it stand out from the rest of familiar movies of this type of… More
Chris Weber
Tony Scott takes a typical story of redemption and turns it into one of his typical, albeit entertaining stylish frenetic action romps. John Creasy is a burnt… More
Alex roy
When it comes to conceiving an action film few can match director Tony Scott, sure the man has made a few duds, but which director hasn't? When Tony Scott… More