Redbelt (2008)

"Redbelt" is the story of Mike Terry, a Jiu-jitsu master who has avoided the prize fighting circuit, choosing to instead pursue a life of honor and education by operating a self-defense studio in Los Angeles. Terry's life is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 7, 2008
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mamet's mixed marital arts morality play weaves between action and intellect but doesn't always hit its target.

Ben Walters
Time Out

The plotting is contrived, the supporting characters two-dimensional, and the ending slides from predictable to absurd to maudlin.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

It's about a contest between intelligence strength, leveraged by sleight of hand. The fight is fixed. So is the movie. Deal with it.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

David Mamet must have gotten roundhouse kicked in the head to think there was a story worth telling in his latest macho faceoff.

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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times

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.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

It's a bit disappointing that Redbelt doesn't go much beyond a redux of the same-old.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

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.

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

Mamet's love for the sport comes through in every frame.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's always fun to watch the Mamet stock company springing a trap on an unwary victim.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
A superbly crafted and supremely entertaining film. A remarkable, well-written and brilliantly performed piece. Director, David Mamet's masterpiece, he… More
Lewis C.
"There is no situation that you could not escape from. There is no situation that you could not turn to your advantage." is not your typical martial… More
Mark Walker
After the arguably awful "Spartan", writer/director David Mamet delivered this. It could be called a genre picture but if you know Mamet, you'll… More
Dean McKenna
I'm wondering what if director David Mamet remade <i>The Karate Kid</i>? Well, this drama-action movie is as close as the master wordsmith is… More
Adam Mahler
A Mamet work that is not made in the rhythm of dialogue. It's a melodrama and when the movie does exposition, it's like a joke on melodramas, past and… More
Ken Stachnik
Mamet makes a film and nimble and graceful as the art form at it's center.