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Man on Fire

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


In Mexico City a former Marine swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    39%
  • Audience Score
    90%
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common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Extremely violent; not for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme and graphic violence, including torture and attempted and actual suicide (portrayed as honorable). Children are in peril. A character has a drinking problem. Characters use strong language. The movie's strengths include strong inter-racial friendships and respect for spiritual values.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the issues of honor and redemption this movie raises, especially the portrayal of suicide as an honorable response to disgrace or as a heroic sacrifice. Why is it important that people in the movie keep talking about how they are professionals? And that the most important thing in life is family?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    39%
    reviews counted: 3
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  • Audience

    90%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson made the vigilante the true urban cowboy. But I think even they would blanch at the hero of Man on Fire.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fresh:

- Luke Buckmaster, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Nev Pierce, BBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

B+

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, July 29, 2010

4 stars

A pulse-pounding and red hot edge of your seat action-thriller. It sets the screen on fire. It's riveting, powerful, incredible and totally unforgettable. A revenge movie classic filled with gun play, suspense and compelling characters. Director, Tony Scott's work is astonishing. A masterpiece. Dazzling, very well-crafted and superbly performed. Stylish, thrilling and exhilarating. A gripping, extraordinary, intense and emotional powerhouse. It takes you on a journey of redemption and revenge like you wouldn't believe. This is one unforgettable adrenaline rush. Denzel Washington gives an explosive performance. Dakota Fanning is the heart and soul of the movie. A wonderful and effecting performance. Christopher Walken is terrific.

- allan913, Friday, February 19, 2010

4 stars

It's definitely one of Denzel Washington's better roles, in that he actually played a different character. The film itself is very impressive, Tony Scott's style is very unique and a lot of elements are quite original. The story was interesting and unique, even though kidnapped children is not exactly a new subject.

- ythelastman89, Monday, January 11, 2010