83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Mamet regulars Ricky Jay and Joe Mantegna blend well with Mamet newbie Tim Allen, a treat as a spoiled-rotten aging Hollywood action star.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
As the heart and soul of the film, Chiwetel Ejiofor once again impresses.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
Entertaining in a pulpy kind of way, like the fight films of the 1930s and '40s, and more accessible than most of Mamet's movies.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Mamet is on his game, and that is a sight to see. No con.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What Redbelt reminded me of more than anything else was a modern version of a classic film noir, particularly 1950's brilliantly seedy "Night and the City," with its pro-wrestling subplot.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It never really pulls itself together into the convincing, focused drama it promises, yet it kept me involved right up until the final scenes, which piled on developments almost recklessly.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's certainly not Mamet's signature rapid-fire dialogue, but it's an intriguing and engrossing departure.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Ejiofor gives a commanding performance, perfectly calibrated in what's withheld just as much as what's revealed.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
One of the problems with the way Mamet resolves Mike's predicament is that it's ridiculously implausible - even in the context of a far-fetched fight story.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Redbelt will fascinate those who share David Mamet's interest in mixed martial arts. But its hold may be weaker on those who don't.
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69 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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